Academy Alumni Reunite in Recovery

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

clients from academy westchester 80's return for last meetingPhoenix House alumni and faculty of the first adolescent Academy, previously known as the Academy in Westchester, assembled for a very special reunion prior to the facility’s closing in June of this year. Twenty faculty members and more than 50 former students gathered for their last House Meeting – to catch up, celebrate, and share their memories of the life-saving institution that molded their lives and prepared them for a future of successful recovery.

After more than 25 years of leading separate lives, the alums attending this special reunion were thrilled to renew old acquaintances, pledging to stay in touch and meet up more often in the future. The bonds of friendship never frayed between these men and women and their instructors still refer to them as “the kids.” The Academy will always live on in the hearts and minds of all those that spent time there.

The first Phoenix House Academy, a model residential high school for teens in treatment, was established in 1983. The building and its land were previously occupied by the Jesuit Loyola Seminary. In the beginning, students lived in dormitories on the 140-acre facility while attending classes, in addition to receiving counseling and therapy. Ages ranged from 14 to 21 years old; the program was also an annex of the John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx. Most recently, the Academy operated as a residential high school providing gender-specific services to adolescent boys and girls. Teachers, counselors, and medical staff worked to create an encouraging environment for teens to develop and grow.

Phoenix House New York has helped thousands of men, women, and adolescents overcome substance and alcohol abuse in order to lead healthy, productive and rewarding lives. Since 1967, we have been committed to supporting individuals and families by providing a wide range of services, from prevention, early intervention, and treatment to continuing care and recovery support. Our services include treatment for substance abusers with mental health problems and programs for mothers with children, outpatient and residential treatment for military personnel, veterans, and their families, impaired driver programs, and detoxification program centers.

Find out more about the programs and services offered at Phoenix House New York, or call our toll-free number today: 1 888 671 9392.

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