“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.
The best part of my recovery is that I get to exist like a normal person doing everyday things, having everyday relationships, just getting to wake up in the morning and say, “Damn, I’m glad to be alive.”
“I’m way happier today than I ever would have been if I was still using. I’m able to express my feelings in a healthy way.”