Teen Writes to Phoenix House – A Letter with Insights and Thanks

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Rebeca Brown Phoenix House Manager of Substace Use Counseling ProgramPhoenix House’s counselors do an amazing job every day listening to, advising, and helping their clients enrolled in substance abuse and mental health treatment programs inCalifornia. Our counselors genuinely care about each client they work with – and sometimes, their clients reward them with more than just a priceless life experience, but with a tangible and cohesive part of their history.

Rebeca Brown, Program Manager of a Substance Abuse Treatment Program for Adolescents at Lake Hughes in Los Angeles County, received an extremely heart-felt and touching note from one of her young clients. She was so moved and impressed by her client’s incredible journey, that she was compelled to share his story with the rest of Phoenix House.

Her client agreed to allow others to read about his experiences with substance abuse and how Phoenix House helped him overcome the challenges he faced. Among the many remarkable quotes, here are a few that really stand out.

“I remember how this thing, this lifeless material, took the life out of my very soul.”

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 “How could I be so foolish to continue using this thing that has manipulated and controlled me for so long?”

 “This drug robs you of who you are, and it keeps us helpless by making us believe we don’t feel disgusted with who we’ve become.”

Our favorite quote happens to be the letter’s happy ending and the reason why Phoenix House is so committed to helping those who face difficulties with substance abuse overcome their addictions and regain their lives.

 “Free yourself, there is no better feeling. Keep your dreams alive. There’s hope out there for young men like us.”

The letter was just one sign of appreciation from our clients.  We have recently posted a True Story of Johanna, a beautiful and talented graduate of Phoenix HousCommendation for Phoenix House by California Assemblymember Felipe Fuentese Academy of Los Angeles, who has completely  changed her life and became one of our counselors.  She understands and realizes our mission every day! Other expressions of appreciation include a Commendation from California Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, for our work in the area of prevention.

Phoenix House is committed to offering valuable service of the highest caliber to all clients. The agency goes above and beyond to maintain its status as the nation’s leading provider of substance abuse treatment, intervention, and prevention services.  We accept private insurance, self-pay, and have funding available for those without the ability to pay, including clients with co-occurring disorders, homeless veterans in need of substance abuse treatment, at risk youth, and others struggling with addictions and mental health issues.

For more information about our programs, or to refer someone in need for admission to our outpatient or residential treatment programs for teens at the Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles, please call our Call Center at 1 888 671 9392. We are here to help you find the information and services you need!

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