True Story: Josh

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Josh: A true story of substance abuse, treatment & recovery

At 16, he came to an admission interview at the Dublin program and refused to get out of the car.  “I began slamming my head against the window. I was simply terrified of changing.” But change he did, “I came to Phoenix House an ashamed, desperate, lonely kid, and I left with a sense of self-worth and a feeling of hope.” But addiction, he explains, “is a powerful disease.” With more than a year in recovery, he relapsed. Recovery support came from three former counselors who confronted him and brought him back to the program. After 30 days of treatment, he stayed on as a tenant, found a job, and started his new life again.  Today—six years in recovery—he’s a responsible maintenance manager for a manufacturer of medical supplies, attends college, maintaining a 3.9 GPA, goes to support groups, and works with teens now in the program.

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