Chad Barboza grasped the bar, looked upward, and lifted the weights onto his shoulders.
On May 16, Barboza worked out in the CrossFit training session at Phoenix Multisport in Roxbury, a nonprofit open to people who have been sober for at least 48 hours, to work out.
Phoenix Multisport, which is based in Denver but has locations around the country, is one of a number of innovative programs started by individuals, doctors, and cities that have popped up in recent years to combat the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, which last year claimed more than 2,000 lives in Massachusetts.
Barboza, a DJ, still carries the weight of addiction every day. Heroin was his last slide before clawing back from the edge.