Joe started dealing and using drugs when he was discharged from the military. It took several arrests, a life on the streets, two decades, and a stay at Phoenix House for him to commit to his long-term recovery–and others’.
Florida has made strides in the battle against opioid and prescription drug abuse throughout the state.
“I have over 17 years drug free and am fiercely proud of that, and protective of my sobriety. I continue to work on myself to be solid in my recovery and in my personal and professional growth.”
“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.”
“In recovery,” says Joey, “My whole life has changed. Before, nobody wanted me around. Today, everyone does. What a blessing!”