I’m Travis “Featherhawk” Snyder, and I’m a humble, grateful and thankful recovering addict. By the grace of the God of my understanding, I am able to share with you my story of courage, strength, and hope. I have survived the deadly disease of addiction. I am currently 2 years and 7 months clean, sober and healthy from what was a 15 year active addiction to drugs but specifically heroin and opiates. The last 7 of those years were spent at the mercy of a syringe. On December 22nd, 2011 I was at the end of a two month long, hopeless drug binge. On this day I was arrested by two police officers who I now call my “Angels in Blue.” I was arrested for multiple drug charges and was immediately locked up in the Schuylkill County Prison. In jail I suffered from intense opiate withdrawal. It was during this time that I surrendered myself to the will of my God. I let go of everything I thought I knew about life, and asked for his help. After suffering for 13 days, I had a profound spiritual awakening. I knew in that moment that I wanted to live a better life. What I did not realize was how much purpose my new life would eventually have. According to the statistics I should not be able to address you in this capacity. Knowing this has allowed me to appreciate life on a level that I never thought was possible. I understand that my sobriety is a gift, and so I will use this gift to the best of my ability. My goal is simple: I will inspire people so that they may also do great things as a result of making positive changes. I will do this by sharing my thoughts on recovery, health, fitness, life, and pretty much every thing I believe is worth sharing with the world. Through my blog posts you will learn a great deal about me, my story, my brands, my goals, my dreams, my selfless acts and my ongoing quest to be the most positive and passionate role model that I can possibly be.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “How did I make it this far?” We all have a story and our books all have the same cover. On the cover it reads “My Life.” It’s when you open up someone else’s book that you truly understand how different, and at the same time alike, we really are.
I have been waiting a very long time to tell you my story, and I have come to a point in my life that I can no longer keep this from you. What you're about to read will be the best, to the point and shortest version of me, Travis Snyder, my story of addiction and recovery, and how I became known as “The Featherhawk.”