"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
"By age 25, cocaine and heroin were my drugs of choice. I was working as a fashion designer at the time so that’s what I had in common with the whole fashion crowd: drugs and parties. I enjoyed the career and the whole scene, but it didn’t last long because pretty soon my #1 priority became drugs. It wasn’t until I started studying at Phoenix House’s Beyoncé Cosmetology Center that I finally started to make progress and become happy." --Vitaly, 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
"I’m proud of what I’ve done to become who I am today. People are always surprised at my story; they say, 'Wow, you don’t look like a drug addict!' And I say, 'Well what does a drug addict look like exactly?'” -- Londi, New York
It was a bittersweet occasion at Phoenix House Florida as staff and clients said farewell to Patricia Mowery, director of the women’s program at Phoenix House Citra Center. In her ten years at Phoenix House, Pat has turned many lives around. She was instrumental in establishing Citra Center’s gender-specific treatment for women, which has grown dramatically in its four years. “I am thankful to have had complete support for creating the women’s program,” she said recently.
"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
"At Phoenix House, I realized that just days before I had been on the streets with nothing but the clothes on my back. I broke down. I began feeling emotions wash over me that I hadn’t felt in years. One of my first counselors told me, 'if you want to learn, you just surrender and start over.'"--Bryan, California