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|Message from the President |
I cannot believe another year has passed! The holidays are a time for families to come together, and at Phoenix House, we are proud to celebrate alongside the clients, alumni, friends and staff members who make up our own very special family.
This year, with our expanding programs and our increasing outreach efforts, we have made tremendous strides and touched more lives than ever before. We couldn’t do it without your ongoing support.
Thank you! We wish you a safe and festive holiday season, and a happy and healthy New Year.
Howard P. Meitiner
Home for the Holidays
The holidays bring joy and cheer, but it’s also a time when many engage in risky behavior. The abundance of alcohol at holiday parties, the stress of family gatherings, and seasonal feelings of loneliness or depression can all trigger substance misuse. “Moderation is key,” says Naomi Weinstein, Director of our Center on Addiction and the Family (COAF). “Find a designated driver and remember that eggnog is not a virgin drink.” If a loved one in recovery is joining your celebration, Weinstein suggests rethinking rituals that involve alcohol and maintaining a substance-free environment. Keep an eye out for warning signs of relapse and call Phoenix House about what you see. Congratulate your loved one on the progress they’ve made—and let them know that their sobriety is the best gift of all. For more sober holiday tips, click here.
Hopes and Plans for 2011
As the New Year approaches, many of our clients and alumni remember past years and look forward to the next. “This year,” says Sarah, one of our young residents in California, “I’m not going to get caught up in negativity.” Julie in Florida is planning to share the message of recovery this year by volunteering with women at her local jail. “Without Phoenix House,” says Julie, “that would have been me in there.” Cory, a 15-year-old resident in our new Mid-Atlantic region, speaks for many of our clients when he says that his “dream for 2011 is to really live for the first time in years. I’m no longer going to harm my soul, my mind, or my body.” To read more resolutions from our recovery community, visit our Facebook page.