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Is it really a crisis if your 17-year-old son tries marijuana? What about your 15-year-old—or his 12-year-old sister? Because that’s where drug use can start—with marijuana, inhalants, or the prescription pills from your medicine cabinet—and chances are you’ll never know.
The dangers are real—the health risks, damage to a still-developing brain, and blown opportunities for later in life. Troubling news is that the need for treatment far exceeds supply. The latest national survey found two million youths 12-to-17 in need of substance abuse treatment and only 150,000 receiving it. That’s 7.6% of the kids in need (while the overall percentage of Americans receiving needed treatment, at 10.4 %, is not much better). Read more »
|Getting Straight and Straight A’s|
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Getting busted was the best thing that ever happened to Naveed, a fragile, insecure boy with a horrendous drug habit. Now a straight A college student and part-time counselor in training at the Phoenix Academy of San Diego, his self-described nightmare of addiction ended with an arrest for drug possession in 2007. Read more »
| Kara DioGuardi To Build Third Phoenix House Studio in Texas|
Kara has recently opened two fully-functioning recording studios in New York and Los Angeles, where music has been helping Phoenix House kids to unlock the inner emotions and express their talents. Read more and view the video ».
| || Grammy-nominated songwriter, producer, singer, and American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi unveiled her bikini-clad body during the American Idol finale, after being dared in exchange for a donation to her favorite charity, Phoenix House. The money from the dare will go toward building a third music studio at the Phoenix Academy in Texas.|| |
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|Phoenix House Blog |
| We are an organization with a mission, and our blog is one with a purpose—to dispel myths, spread knowledge, and increase awareness of addiction and recovery.|
Please visit our blog and join the conversation.
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This has been a very challenging year economically, and the generosity of our friends makes it possible for us to continue to offer quality care to the thousands of children, women, and men who look to Phoenix House every day. If you haven’t yet made a gift, it's never too late! Visit www.phoenixhouse.org to make a donation.
Phoenix Houses of California Community Initiative
In early May, hundreds of people connected to Phoenix House’s community-based programs in Southern California took part in Big Sunday, a community service initiative in Los Angeles and Orange Counties that encourages volunteer support of local non-profit organizations. With the help of those on staff, in treatment, and in the neighborhoods, gardens were planted and fences were built at the women’s and children’s programs in Monrovia and Santa Fe Springs. Teens from the adolescent programs went horseback riding and camping, all thanks to community support generated by Big Sunday. We are grateful to all those who participated – and everyone who gives of themselves to make the programs stronger.
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Phoenix House Academy Shows a Strong Running Debut
"I was so nervous before we got started...I didn't think I could do it. But once I heard 'Go', we got to running - it was all good," explained Gloria R., 18 year-old resident of the Phoenix Academy of New York in Yorktown.
On June 6th, ten Phoenix House residents participated in the North County News 5K Road Race.
|The 3.1 mile race was the debut event for the Phoenix Academy Running Team, where two of the residents placed third in their age groups – a pleasant surprise for their first competitive event. |
The team continues their training three to four times a week - rain or shine - preparing for upcoming races in July and August.
Special Screening of Woody Allen Movie Supports Youth Services Program
Many supporters of Phoenix House’s Youth Services Program turned out on June 10th for a special pre-screening of Whatever Works, written and directed by Woody Allen. Proceeds from this special preview support the Phoenix House Youth Services Program, offering much-needed counseling and drug treatment for at-risk teens and their families throughout New York City. Read more and see photos »
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Phoenix House Honors Niche Media’s Jason and Haley Binn
More than 300 of Phoenix House’s East Hampton friends gathered to honor Niche Media’s Jason and Haley Binn for their philanthropic work. Phoenix House provides treatment to the East Hampton community with several programs - supporting teenagers, adults and their families. Click here to see the photo gallery and read more about the event. »
| Phoenix House 1st Annual Freedom Classic at Liberty National Golf Course |
On May 4th, 2009, Phoenix House hosted its first ever golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course, the future home of the PGA Barclay’s golf tournament. Following a round of golf surrounded by the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty, a dinner and silent auction were held at the clubhouse. All proceeds from the event will benefit Phoenix House’s drug and alcohol prevention and treatment programs. Click here for more information on the Second Annual Freedom Classic or to see photos from this year's outing on Facebook.
| || U.S. Rep. Sessions Receives Dallas Public Service Award |
Phoenix Houses of Texas honored U.S. Representative Pete Sessions with this year’s Public Service Award for his outstanding support and contribution to the community. Hill A. Feinberg, Board chairman of Phoenix Houses of Texas, presented the award at a June 1st luncheon co-chaired by Paul Bass, Jr., Paul Bass III, and Paul Bass IV. A strong advocate of addiction prevention, Rep. Sessions has also given great support to many other causes including the Boy Scouts of America and diabetes research and prevention. Read more and see photos »
New York - 8/15/09
Artists & Writers 61st Annual Charity Softball Game| More Info »
New York - 9/12/09
Recovery Project's Second Annual Recovery Rally| More Info »