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Phoenix House News & Views
Phoenix House

October, 2012

Phoenix House News & Views | Recovery Month Edition
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 Message from the President

Dear Friends,
For those of us in the treatment and recovery communities, September trumps December as “the most wonderful time of the year.” National Recovery Month is an important chance to honor and celebrate the individuals and families across the country who have fought against their addictions and won.

In this issue, you’ll take a look at the Recovery Month milestones – graduations, rallies, performances, and festivities – that are happening at our programs from Maine to California and everywhere in between.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and on behalf of all of us at Phoenix House, I wish you a very happy Recovery Month!

Warm regards,

Howard P. Meitiner
President and CEO 

Recovery Milestones

This month, we celebrate the accomplishments of the men, women, and young people who have completed treatment at Phoenix House—and will now move on to the next phase in their recovery journeys. In New York, our annual Recovery Celebration took place at the Hotel Pennsylvania, where speakers included Bronx Councilmember Helen D. Foster and author Steve Geng. Among the new alumni of our New York programs is the first class of Phoenix Fathers, which helps dads in treatment embrace their fatherhood, while sustaining their own recovery. In Virginia, our Mid-Atlantic programs held their 15th annual Recovery Celebration, which featured special client performances. We could not be more proud of these men and women who are now well on their way to productive lives free from addiction.

New England Celebrates Recovery Month

In honor of September’s National Recovery Month, Phoenix Houses of New England once again sponsored Rally4Recovery, Rhode Island’s premier alcohol- and drug-free celebration.  The rally took place on September 15 at Roger Williams National Park in Providence. The day was filled with music, entertainment, inspirational speakers, and family-friendly activities. We were proud to participate in this event, which promotes the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Click to read more about the rally.

Art and Ancient Drama Promote Recovery

In California, art is empowering people in recovery. At Phoenix Houses's treatment program at a California state prison, clients and alumni recently decorated the offices and classrooms with client artwork of tranquil nature scenes, patriotic pictures, and forest and jungle animals.

In September, Phoenix House took a dramatic direction when it partnered with other organizations to dramatize a 2500-year-old Greek play about the destruction of addiction. Actors Keith David, Michael Stahl-David and Ana Reeder brought the play to life; afterward, the audience discussed the stigma of addiction and shared personal stories of recovery.

True Story: Marian

Marian entered Phoenix House as a teenager addicted to heroin. "For the first time," she explains, "I was surrounded by people who understood me…I belonged." After completing treatment, Marian became a successful business owner and is now celebrating 40 years in recovery. “If it weren’t for the Phoenix House staff all those years ago, I wouldn’t be the woman I am now,” she declares. ”They showed me that I am my own valuable commodity.”  Click here to read more of Marian’s story.

Recovery on the Big Screen

Phoenix Houses of New York is a proud sponsor of the REEL Recovery Film Festival, which will take place September 28 through October 4 at the Quad Cinema in New York City. The festival showcases contemporary and classics, shorts, and documentary films chronicling addiction, treatment, recovery, and sober living. We’re pleased to join in this celebration of film, creativity, and recovery through the arts. Click to find out more about the festival.

Field Day Fun
Phoenix House clients sparred in fierce and friendly competition at  Field Days in New York City and Dublin, NH. At Phoenix House Academy at Dublin’s first Field Day, teens learned about sportsmanship and teamwork by competing in healthy recreation like the tug of war, three-legged races, and relays. Phoenix Houses of New York held its 28th Annual Field Day at Icahn Stadium. The event brought out the best in teamwork with track and field events, a team banner competition, a pie-eating competition and more. 

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