Blu Robinson is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) and a Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) and the founder of Addict to Athlete . He has specialized in addiction treatment for over a decade and is passionate about helping others.
Blu has overcome addiction in his own life and replaced it with things of greater value. When first starting out his new way of life Blu went and purchased a mountain bike to simply get rid of the money he was accumulating to lessen the chance of spending it on substances. It sat unused for a short time then as an impulse he got on and went for a ride. Increasing his time on the bike and discovering new trails he ran into others who shared the same passion in outdoor activity. That laid the foundation on how athletics played a major role in him establishing and maintaining a firm grip on sobriety.
Following a challenge from his future father in law to join him in training and participating in a marathon Blu discovered more of who he was and even more of who he wasn’t. Dismissed was the old ‘once an addict always an addict’ and the new philosophy of erase and replace was established. He was no longer a victim of addiction but more so an agent of recovery. Not only was his physical health improved but his mental, emotional, social and spiritual as well. He was definitely creating a new way of life.
Blu has now participated in multiple marathons, triathlons, and ultra cycling events. Identifying the mess of what his life once was he has now turned it into a message and hope for others struggling with addiction.
“I have the privilege of working with some of the most amazing people. Words can hardly express the gratitude I feel for each one of them. Seeing a need in my community to assist individuals who struggle with addiction that went beyond the traditional methods of 12 step meetings, I had an impression to practice the philosophy of erase and replace through action, training, goal setting and competing. The goal is to turn the mess of addiction into the message of recovery and start cheering for “us” once again.”
“Whether training and participating in a sporting event or processing and overcoming a challenge in life the disciple, focus, determination, and passion correlate with each other. They are what build us, give us character and are motivating factors when crossing any finish line in life.” -Blu Robinson
Marissa Robinson has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) since 1998. She has worked with individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth as well as adults with addictions. As the co-founder of Addict II Athlete she loves working along side her husband helping individuals and families realize they can heal from the painful grasp of substance abuse.
Marissa was a competitive swimmer growing up and was involved in various types of recreation like soccer, hiking, water skiing and rappelling. She gets plenty of time utilizing her recreation degree with her 4 beautiful children as well as coaching swimming. She believes that through recreation we are able to find wellness in all aspects of life.
Marissa serves as Addict II Athlete’s athletic director and CEO. Marissa specializes in therapeutic recreation by assisting the athletes in developing appropriate leisure skills as they transition from addiction to athletics. By using a variety of techniques including; sports, games, ropes course, challenge groups, music, and community activities, Marissa helps improve physical, mental, and emotional needs of the athletes. Her contribution helps the Athletes reduce depression, stress, and anxiety as they increase their functioning and reasoning abilities by building confidence, problem solving, and socializing effectively so that they can enjoy greater, stronger and more supportive relationships. As she explains, “Somewhere between childhood and adulthood people skip or forget how to play. Playful exploration becomes less important. Addict II Athlete helps remind them of the simple reward pathways that can be met once the adult gets back to the basics, to achieve anything significant in life we must relearn how to play appropriately and remember ‘Why’ it was fun.”