How This Man Overcame Addiction and Gained 45 Pounds Of Muscle

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Jay Maryniak was dependent on opioids, crack, and booze. Now he’s hooked on CrossFit

Alisa Hrustic

Jay Maryniak wasn’t your typical 9 year old. He was an athlete with a bright future in baseball—but he was also a little rough around the edges. When he wasn’t stealing from other people, he was smoking cigarettes. At just 11 years old, he tried his first sip of alcohol.During his teen years, Maryniak started using drugs. It began with smoking marijuana and drinking on the weekends. Hooked on the feeling, Maryniak forgot about sports and focused on partying with his friends. By 15, he was smoking a pack and a half a day.Then he started to experiment with more dangerous drugs, like Oxycontin, acid, and cocaine. He became a black-out drinker and woke up every day looking to get his next fix.“It started out innocent,” Maryniak says. “It was fun, and then I got addicted.”For many years, Maryniak knew he had a problem, but it wasn’t until he turned 20 that he realized how serious it had become.

“I finally hit a point—I couldn’t work anymore; I couldn’t do anything,” he says. “I was smoking crack, taking pills. I was…click here to continue reading

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