Addiction in Vermont: Let’s Not Put All Our Eggs in One Basket

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State to the rise of heroin addiction. This is a critical issue, but we must nourish the whole treatment and recovery system, rather than focusing on one class of drugs.

True Story: Bill

You have to start over somewhere in order to learn what you missed during your addiction. And I got to start over at Phoenix House. I am thankful morning, noon, and night that I was able to rise from the ashes of my defeat.

True Story: Kevin

“I can remember it as clear as day: it was 1970. Pizza cost 15 cents. I was fifteen years old, in Junior High School, and this guy I knew came up to me with a little white bag and gave me something to sniff. As soon as I took it I was hooked.”

True Story: Jerome

“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.”

True Story: Brian G.

“The worst part of my addiction was when I was homeless; my family didn’t want anything to do with me. Phoenix House gave me a sense of purpose that I didn’t have before.”