TL;DR I'm a recovering drug addict, and TRP is a huge part of my recovery. Thanks!
I actually begun my TRP journey with a pretty pathetic post - I got some good responses that helped me give myself a slap in the face and think about things straight. I think I was just having a low point, just barely recovered from a back injury which had reduced me to the point of immobility for 4 days, drinking beers every night, barely moving, eating tonnes of shitty food out of boredom. All I was doing was wasting time watching youtube and that's basically where I was coming from (how I actually found TRP).
Anyways the positives that I wasn't thinking of at the time were that I am still a recovering drug addict, and compared to where I was at 7 months ago when I finally quit, I've made leaps and bounds in every category of life.
I haven't been lifting the whole time, but honestly my body was not ready for it yet. The day I quit I began following the Convict Conditioning program by Paul Wade, working on stage1 of each exercise. This was great for my shoulders which I seemed to have problems with for many years (I could do straight up pushups but would always screw up my shoulder so it wasn't worth it, never thought of doing the small progressions approach offered in Paul Wade's program). So now after about 5 months of following that quite closely I began some lifting/jogging again in the gym which feels great. I've been having nice slow steady gains since I started, but it's taking some time to burn off some fat I've had for a while but at this rate it will be gone within a year.
As far as the addiction recovery side of things, over the past 6 months I've had ups and downs and many times where I wanted so badly to go to them that I fell off the wagon for days at a time but would always get back on the horse within a week or so. I'm part of an awesome group where sober people help eachother stay sober, and we also help people get sober. This is the main reason I'm still on track, but around the time I started reading TRP I can honestly say that those cravings have diminshed almost altogether finally. I think it's a matter of keeping me focused on my real goals of getting stronger, bigger, trimming down, and finishing my education goals as my ABSOLUTE priority. And thinking less about short term gratification, which I get now from jogger's high which is 100 times better than a relapse would be anyway. A lot of these changes happened before TRP but just because my journey started before TRP doesn't mean it's not a huge help.
So thanks for all the helpful advice and posts.