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Jiu-Jitsu Outlet #41: Sierra Garcia - "If I Can Get Through That, I Can Get Through Anything."

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How Jiu-Jitsu Helped Sierra Garcia Recover From Heroine

Training in martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Judo, wrestling, & Muay Thai is my outlet for improving my mental health and becoming a better person.


On this forty-first episode of the show, I talk to Sierra Garcia. Sierra is a blue belt in BJJ, an Army veteran, and someone who has beaten both heroine addiction and cancer. 

After suffering a helicopter crash while serving overseas, Sierra was treated with pharmaceutical painkillers that resulted only in a long term opioid addiction. After years of heroine addiction, Sierra changed direction and was able to get sober.

Now a few years later, Sierra has begun to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to stay recovered forever. Newly minted with a blue belt, Sierra has found that combat martial arts is a therapy with immense value for people recovering from hard drugs.

On this episode, Sierra shares about how Jiu-Jitsu helps with drug addiction and why everyone should experience this tough martial art. We chat about how BJJ helps develop toughness and a resilience that helps anywhere in life.

We also talk about the new book that Sierra has started writing on and why we martial arts can help heal our world.

Listen to this episode and learn about how Jiu-Jitsu can help with mental health & addiction recovery.

Favorite quote - "If I can get through [Jiu-Jitsu], I can get through anything"

Follow Sierra Garcia on Facebook to learn more about the upcoming book launch about how Jiu-Jitsu helps with recovery.

The information in this episode should NOT be considered medical advice but instead educational information. If you are struggling with your mental health and you want to speak with a professional therapist, I recommend Talkspace... This is the therapy service that worked for me when I was at my darkest moments in life and dealing with panic attacks everyday.