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Brotherhood, Blood, and Water 
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Brotherhood, Blood, and Water 

Ryan Rhodes was a born entrepreneur. Unfortunately, trauma and loss as a child – compounded by toxic influences at too young an age – corrupted his entrepreneurial spirit. Ryan made money from other people’s suffering: Dealing drugs and engaging in other illicit activities that earned him millions of dollars but bankrupted him spiritually.

When Ryan’s lifestyle finally caught up with him, he was forced to face the truth about what he had done to other people. What follows is Ryan’s journey from darkness to light. As the co-founder of Manifest Recovery Centers, Ryan now uses his business acumen to lift others up.

The name Manifest is an acknowledgement that we are all capable of manifesting anything we want – spiritual wellness, moral corruptness. It’s in our power to decide how we live,” Ryan said. “To be part of someone else’s journey… there is no business in the world where you’re able to help people create lives of substance in such a powerful way.

My personal tribe consists of both blood and water. This consists of family and friends whom I respect, admire, teach, and learn from; A group of like-minded people from various backgrounds who have the common goal of improving ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually on a daily basis. This is not some hallmark card warm and fuzzy regurgitation. This is truly how we try to live our lives.

Finding your tribe in recovery is an essential part of the foundation upon which long term sobriety is built. Our circle of friends are often a snap shot into not only our daily lives and interest, but more importantly, a reflection of how we tend to navigate our human experience. Choosing a tribe can be a make or break decision for people early in recovery. The idea that we are not alone, and that others can relate to our situation effectively opens communication and is often where personal evolution begins. 

As the youngest of four boys, the idea of brotherhood was all around me. I looked to my older siblings as my source of admiration and pure un bias advice. In my case, I was blessed with three of the most amazing brothers. Each of them has their own unique qualities that provided such a multifaceted outlook on adolescence. My two oldest brothers are from my father’s first marriage which is important to mention because the varying ages effectively gave me an older brother in nearly every stage of young adulthood.

How do I find my tribe? It may seem a bit obvious but seeking people with common interest is the best place to start. Be it music or hobbies, common interest allows us to connect with one another on a more intimate level. Secondly, it is important to seek people who have a positive effect on our quality of life. Just because someone is seemingly popular with the opposite sex, has a nice car or is the center of attention does not necessarily equate to spiritual wellness. Looking for peers with a sense of peace and maturity. People who walk through fear with the help of their fellows. People who ask questions, remain teachable, want to evolve. Most importantly people who are having fun while doing so.

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