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Phoenix House News & Views: Women's History Month
Phoenix House

March, 2012

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 Message from the Chief Clinical Officer

Dear Friends,

  This letter usually comes from our President and CEO, Howard Meitiner—but in
  honor of 
Women’s History Month, I’m thrilled to take the helm. In this special
  women’s issue, we’re proud to introduce you to some of the amazing women who
  make up our staff, our clients, and our network of supporters
.

  There’s Lauren, a veteran in our Mid-Atlantic region who dedicates her life to
  helping other veterans – and 
Amandaa teen client from California who uses her
  musical gift spread the word about recovery. These are just a couple of the
  artists, innovators, activists, mothers, and daughters who make up Phoenix House’s
  remarkable female community
!

  I hope you’ll enjoy learning about these incredible women who contribute to Phoenix
  House’s history – and our future – every day. For all women – the future is bright –
  one day at a time!

  Best wishes,

  Deni Carise, Ph.D.
  Cheif Clinical Officer



  Phoenix House Honors
          Women Veterans  

    

Former naval officer and current Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic staff member Lauren Zapf is grateful to be able to serve other women veterans every day. “When I was in the navy,” she explains, “I had the opportunity to serve alongside some of the most courageous, independent, intelligent, and compassionate women I have ever met.” Today, while women make up approximately 14% of active duty forces, too many women veterans remain invisible in a world where military bravery is commonly identified as a masculine virtue. Immersed in a challenging and often unsafe environment, many returning women veterans turn to drugs and alcohol. “Fortunately,” Lauren adds, “nonprofit organizations like Phoenix House provide a safety net by offering targetedveterans services.” 

To learn more about Lauren and Phoenix House’s work with veterans, click here.  



       Program Spotlight:
          Serving Women

    

At Phoenix House, we recognize that women come to treatment with different perspectives and challenges than their male counterparts. We are proud to offer four programs that are geared for women, particularly mothers with young children: 
Phoenix House Santa Fe Springs in California, our Dorchester Center in Massachusetts, our Demeter House in Virginia, and our Lake Ronkonkoma Campus in New York. At thesetreatment centers, women work toward their recovery while they receive childcare, parenting coaching, and other services that address their unique needs. Our female clients also build camaraderie through special activities. Recently, the women of our Lake Ronkonkoma program enjoyed an evening with former NBA player Chris Herren, author of the memoirBasketball Junkie
To read more, click 
here.

     Phoenix House Client
        Wins Music Contest 


     

As part of the recovery process, we believe in the healing power of the creative arts. Thanks to the involvement of singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi, our clients can express their emotions through our Phoenix Rising Music Program. Recently, our client  Amanda placed first in the MusiCares and Grammy Foundation music contest, with the song “Like a Phoenix”, and was invited to a private rehearsal of the artists performing at the Grammy Awards. Amanda was also honored by the City of Los Angeles, highlighting the importance of prevention and education in battling substance abuse among our youth. To read more about Amanda, click here

 

 

 

 True Story: Alisa

 

I was 15 when I started smoking pot and drinking with my friends. My use just kept increasing, and after I graduated college I was driving while intoxicated and buying drugs instead of paying bills. I knew I needed help, so I went to Phoenix House. As soon as I walked through the Phoenix House Keene Center door, I had an overwhelming sense of relief; I had made it. Today, when I remember that moment, that feeling of gratitude still brings tears to my eyes. 

Click here to read the rest of Alisa’s journey.


     Guest Blogger:
   Strongest Women




Writer Sosha Lewis comes from a long family line of substance abuse, and she writes about her past struggles and present joys on her blog, 
“It’s Not Sasha.” In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked Sosha to tell us about an inspiring woman in her life.

“My great-grandmother Conley was one of the greatest women who ever lived,” Sosha writes. “She wasn’t just my great-grandmother; she was my escape route away from drugs, away from fighting, away from the vicious cycle of addiction.” To read Sosha’s story, click here.

     

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