A Gifted Writer Who Also Provides Recovery Support

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Heather MacPherson Outdoor

Many people at Phoenix House and around Rhode Island know Heather Cabral as Director of Community Housing at the Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, A Phoenix House Program (RICAODD). But not everyone who knows Heather through her work realizes that she is a gifted novelist and poet as well, who recently won the national Phoenix House Foundation recovery-themed poetry contest, held in recognition of National Poetry Month.

Heather brings valuable experience to Phoenix House: having worked for a number of years in real estate, she took a position with the Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence (RICAODD) in 2007. Heather developed a passion for recovery housing and became the Interim Executive Director of RICAODD in 2009. Inspired by the hard work she witnessed from those piecing their lives together in the recovery houses, she led a revival in the RICAODD recovery housing, expanding on and creating policies and procedures to govern the houses, requiring mandatory drug and alcohol testing, and playing an integral role in establishing the Ocean State Coalition of Recovery Houses in 2010. In 2012, when RICAODD merged with Phoenix House New England, Heather became the Director of Community Housing. Since joining Phoenix House, Heather continues to be motivated to help those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and has focused her energies on opening permanent housing for veterans and bringing recovery housing to Aquidneck Island. “Recovery housing is a crucial step for those learning to live life free of drugs and alcohol and I am happy to play my small part to offer that service to them,” Heather stated.

Heather’s literary talents are attested by her recently published novel, Thirty Seconds, which appears under her maiden name, Heather MacPherson, and a collection of poems, A Girl Like Me, which appeared early in 2014. Both are available through Amazon.com.

The Rhode Island Council operates nine recovery houses in Rhode Island, all located in quiet residential neighborhoods and designed to help individuals in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction make the transition back into the community. Residents come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Whether seeking a sober living environment, completing treatment in a residential program, leaving a correctional facility, or homeless, clients find a supportive, substance-free living environment as they continue their journey to recovery. Along the way, should there be a threat of relapse,clients are fully supported by the entire service continuum offered by Phoenix House and may immediately be admitted to the level of care needed.

Phoenix House Rhode Island offers a full continuum of care for men, women, and adolescents who suffer from substance use disorders. Programming provides a broad spectrum of services that include medically monitored detoxification, both short- and long-term gender-specific residential services, residential treatment with academic instruction for teenaged boys, outpatient treatment, recovery housing, and education and prevention services.

If you or someone you love needs additional help for a substance abuse problem, call Phoenix House today at 1 888 671 9392. We’re always there for you!

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