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"My wife took my son and daughter and left—she couldn’t take it any more, and I don’t blame her. It was my rock bottom, watching them leave; I fell into a complete depression and I knew I had nothing left to lose. That’s when I took out the yellow pages. There I was, at 3AM, sprawled on my kitchen floor, calling up drug treatment centers. The folks at Phoenix House were the only ones who picked up the phone and listened." -- DH, New York

"The judge said, 'I’m locking you up because you look like you’re going to die.' I was just skin and bones. That was my rock bottom...I knew I needed help. I asked the judge if I could go to Phoenix House. I pleaded with him to give me this chance and he did. It saved my life." -- Jasmine, California

"That was the worst part of my drug use—messing up everything with my family. I never want to do that again." -- Ryan, CA

"When I first went into treatment, I didn’t know how not to be a drug addict. I thought, Once an addict, always an addict. Now, I know that if you’re willing, change is possible." -- Lena, CA

"I really want to help other people realize that drugs aren’t the answer. They don’t help anything, and addiction is never fun. But so many teenagers don’t know that, and they feel so much peer pressure to use that they cave in. I know, because that was me: indifferent, rebellious, feeling like I was grown up and knew what I was doing. I wasn’t. But I’ve learned from my mistakes, and that’s great, because now I can look back and be proud of how much I’ve changed." -- Mariela, Texas

"I had been using drugs for so long that I had forgotten who I really was. But as soon as I walked through the Phoenix House door, I had an overwhelming sense of relief; I had made it. Today, when I remember that moment of clarity, that feeling of gratitude still washes over me and brings tears to my eyes." -- Alisa, New England

“We are survivors and warriors, not victims.” -- Marian, New York

"Before Phoenix House, I had always thought I was alone in this. I thought that addiction only happened to me. But it happens to so many people, and so many people recover. I go to groups every day and hear people’s stories, and it’s like, “Hey man, that’s the same exact story that I’ve got!” It’s all made me understand that addiction is a disease, and recovery is possible if you work hard at it." -- David R., Florida

"The worst part of my addiction was when I was homeless; my family didn't want anything to do with me. Phoenix House gave me the sense of purpose I didn't have before." --Brian G.

"Treatment was such a valuable experience. The program I attended was women and children only, and I loved the structure of the program. More than that, I love Phoenix House and what they stand for—how they help people identify issues, take initiative, work on things, support each other. I just think it’s the best program there is." -- Traci, California