“I was living on the streets and sleeping on the train. One day, I woke up and thought, ‘There’s got to be more to life than this!’ Phoenix House taught me how to change from within.”
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.”
More than 15 years ago, Joan Hajjar’s daily existence revolved around her next drug or drink. Her daughter Erica shares her perspective on her mother’s journey—and the bond they’ve formed.
“Phoenix House taught me that I had to become a better person to myself first, before I could become a better person to others.”