The summer I was 16, I went through a very traumatizing experience, and I completely shut down. This is when drinking became a regular part of my life. Eventually, I started intense outpatient treatment. It wasn’t what I wanted, but what I needed.
For Greg, who first drank as an altar boy at age 9, alcohol was both a refuge and fuel for his ego. Years later, after losing his job, license, marriage, and almost his life, Greg finally found Phoenix House and a willingness to truly change.
What should a caring parent say when asked, “Would you rather your child smoke pot or drink alcohol?”
April is Alcohol Awareness Month: This year’s theme is “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.” As a clinician, I’m grateful for the emphasis on education and the chance to separate five top myths about alcohol from fact.
Susan used alcohol and heroin to dull her pain–which she never understood the root of, until she entered counseling at Phoenix House, where she learned how to stop being a victim and take responsibility for her choices.