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How prison and golf saved Ryan Leaf

RYAN LEAF HAD truly hit rock bottom this time. His prison roommate, a war vet who had been in jail for eight years for a fatal drunk driving incident, helped bring him take his first steps back. Playing golf, a four-hour meditation session outdoors, was next.

“Golf has been a huge part of my recovery,” Leaf says in the article by foremagazine.com. “... I was in a prison cell, went outside twice in 32 months, and now golf provides this amazing opportunity to be outdoors. For me, my drug use was such an isolation. I would disappear by myself. To be outdoors, playing golf and being social, it’s been hugely beneficial.”

These days Leaf plays golf about four times a week. He has a 6.1 handicap,

“I love it, but it is no doubt part of my recovery program. If it wasn’t, my girlfriend wouldn’t allow me to play so often!” Leaf says.

For the past year, Leaf has been working with Transcend, a recovery community that offers sober housing, extended care, drug testing and specialized sober companioning.  For more on Leaf's journey, CLICK HERE

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