Recovering Addict Reunites With Twin Brother And Walks Across America

by Roxy Garrity
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Christopher Bailey walked 3,500 miles from Los Angeles to New York City. It took him 7 months 10 days, 5 pairs of shoes, and 3 strollers.

Walking across America was Christopher Bailey’s cure for addiction.

He had been abusing alcohol and drugs since he was 17, which was about the same time he disconnected from his family, including twin brother Bobby Bailey.

As a homeless addict, Christopher Bailey hit rock bottom when he drunkenly stumbled down an embankment and cut his head. “I isolated myself so they didn’t have to see me like that. It was a vicious cycle with suicidal thoughts coming in towards the end,” Christopher said.

Bobby Bailey was intent on reconnecting with his bother who was living on the streets and did not have a cell phone. He just drove around San Diego to find him. “I came across this high school park — this random place, I had never been there in my entire life. Towards the back there was a dude that I remembered,” said Bobby Bailey.

That dude was his twin brother, Christopher.

“’Oh my gosh, is that my brother?’ I was frozen for a minute. I felt a wave of heat,” Christopher said.

Bobby helped Christopher get sober before he embarked on this journey by spending six days in hotel with him as the alcohol, meth, and five prescription medications left his system.

Shortly into Christopher’s journey, he relapsed in Arizona and spent five days in jail.

“You’re actually the first person I’ve told this to. I adopted a dog. It bit me and I lost it. I ended up drinking and wouldn’t leave the Motel 6 I was staying at so I got arrested for trespassing,” said Christopher.

Christopher told, “I just looked at it as an amazing learning experience and thought how am I not going to allow that to happen again?”

Bailey walked and camped in temperatures as high as 115 °F and as low as 27 °F. 

“The people were amazing. I was stopped 10 times a day. I gained weight even though I was walking 25 miles a day. People would constantly bring me food and asked if I needed a place to stay,” said Christopher.

Christopher’s twin brother, Bobby Bailey, co-founded Invisible Children and helped bring Global Poverty Project (Global Citizen Festival) to the United States. He’s also working on documentary about his brothers journey called “Hold Space.”

Christopher Bailey has enrolled in school and is pursuing a career in fitness training and motivational speaking. Both Christopher and Bobby have been invited to Ohio to share their story to high school students. 

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