Alcoholic beverage servers and providers are rewarded for responsible practices by Prevention Staff at the Phoenix Houses of Los Angeles.
Starbucks’ decision to serve alcohol in the evening has prompted backlash from defenders of the recovery community. But does this outrage send the right message about sober individuals?
“I’m not running away from anything anymore—I’m running towards things, towards my goals. I look forward to challenges in life instead of disappearing into drinking and drugs.”
“I’m able to participate in my life in ways I didn’t think we’re possible. Sure, not every day is sunshine and roses. Life still happens, but I now have the tools and the support to handle it with dignity.”
I think deep down I knew all along that I wasn’t a bad person in my heart. I just needed someone to tell me that I’m strong and good and worth loving—and Phoenix House told me that. Because they believed in me, I started believing in myself.