From One Academy to Another

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Phillips Exeter Academy

Phillips Exeter Academy

There’s an old saying that teachers are taught by their students.  But sometimes the students can teach each other the most important lessons.

The young clients at Phoenix House Academy in Dublin frequently visit schools in the southern New Hampshire area to share their personal stories of struggles with—and triumph over—substance abuse.  These cautionary tales are taken very seriously by the students who hear them, and they often send their own responses in writing, expressing their appreciation for both the lessons shared and the courage of the Phoenix House residents in presenting them.

Recently, several youngsters from the Academy in Dublin visited Phillips Exeter Academy, one of the nation’s most prestigious preparatory schools, and addressed nearly 300 students from the ninth through twelfth grade.  For nearly an hour they shared their often painful experiences with a thoughtfulness and honesty that made a deep impression on their audience, both students and teachers.

As frequently happens, the Phillips Exeter administration showed its appreciation of the visit with a generous contribution to Dublin Academy.  But it was the reaction of Exeter’s students that made the speaking engagement most worthwhile, as they expressed their deepened understanding of addiction and its consequences, as well as their determination to examine their own opinions of and experiences with drugs and alcohol.

Phoenix House Academy at Dublin provides residential substance abuse treatment and customized academic tutoring for male and female adolescents, aged 13 through 17.  The Academy’s work to help teens overcome addiction is complemented by Phoenix House Dublin Center’s residential rehabilitation program for adults, which also provides specialized treatment for individuals with co-occurring mental health issues.  Phoenix House Keene Center, located nearby, provides outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents, as well as transitional living services for those who have completed rehab.  Additional Phoenix House programs in New Hampshire include Phoenix House Franklin Center, which offers detoxification and crisis management, residential treatment, and transitional living; and the Phoenix House Sober Living Center at Cornerstone.

If someone you care for is struggling with drugs or alcohol, please call 1 888 671 9392.  We’re here to help at any time, night or day.

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