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Homeless half marathon a life-saver for some

The drug and alcohol movement calls it 鈥渟wapping the witch for the bitch.

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鈥?Put simply, replacing one addiction with another. And, for Brian Millett, it worked.

The one-time self-proclaimed party boy wrestled with alcoholism and drug addiction for more than a decade. What began with a few post-match beers at the local cricket club set the promising athlete on a self-destructive path.

鈥淎s a shy kid, once I had a drink I felt like I turned from a black and white TV into a 3-D Plasma and just ran with it for the next 15-20 years. I loved for the first 5-7 years and then it turned on me like a mongrel dog it was your friend and then it wasn’t working anymore but I was hooked on the stuff, I couldn’t stop,鈥?he explained.

Brian made several attempts at quitting, but success came when he gradually introduced exercise.

鈥淚 just started doing sit-ups, push ups going for runs, swims and just getting the adrenaline and chemicals going and I always felt better,鈥?he says.

鈥淚 just started doing sit-ups, push ups going for runs, swims and just getting the adrenaline and chemicals going and I always felt better,鈥?he says.

Abstinence gave him time, a clear mind and the desire to get back into sport. And for Brian, there could be no half-measures. He completed triathlons, even successfully taking on the sport鈥檚 ultra-distance mecca 鈥?the Hawaiian Ironman.

Since then, Brian has invested time assisting programs encouraging exercise for the disadvantaged. Most recently, it鈥檚 been with Reclink, a charity which embraces the power of sport to re-connect those touched by a range of issues including homelessness, substance abuse and poor mental health.

Brian Millett says he鈥檚 now ready to return to the workforce full-time, and share his story and skills to assist others.

鈥淔ailure’s not an option anymore. I don鈥檛 have to turn to any substance anymore – I just use my history and my background to motivate me to do the best I can. Because this is it you know, this is not a dress rehearsal.  I鈥檝e got to have a crack now.鈥?/p>

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