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Watch: Living Sober and the Power of Fitness

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday June 8, 2021

After surviving sexual trauma, addiction and several suicide attempts, Mark A. Turnipseed's commitment to sober strategies that lead to good health, self-acceptance and authenticity provide inspiration and guidance for others within the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Turnipseed joined EDGE editor Matthew Wexler for an intimate and revealing conversation about getting and staying sober. The first episode in EDGE Media Network's six-part series, the best-selling author ("My Suicide Race"), model and triathlete talked about the challenges of coming to terms with his sexuality and how competing in a triathlon became a turning point in his journey toward long-term sobriety.

Joining Turnipseed in conversation was K. Anderson from Recovery Unplugged, a nationally recognized company with the goal of breaking down traditional walls of recovery to introduce data-supported and music-related programming to reach patients across all ages, ethnicities and genders. This powerful, inspiring and uplifting conversation will resonate with anyone who has faced addiction or knows a loved one struggling with drugs or alcohol.

Are you or someone you love struggling with drugs or alcohol? Recovery Unplugged offers LGBTQ-welcoming substance abuse treatment. Visit or call 855-909-8818.

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Matthew Wexler is EDGE's Senior Editor, Features & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.