Sofia, a 21 year old volunteer at the Phoenix House Academy of Dublin, helps teenagers battle drug and alcohol addiction — just as she did herself three years ago. A graduate of that program, Sofia was recently featured on NPR’s Participation Nation. “Right away I was hooked, ” Sofia was quoted as saying of her own drug use, which began at age 11. But for her, the road to recovery wasn’t easy.
Sofia was recently a guest speaker at the 2012 Phoenix Houses of New England Public Service Award Luncheon, where she moved the audience to tears as she shared her story of addiction and her road to recovery.
After struggling with addiction and an eating disorder, Sofia got the help she needed at Phoenix House Academy at Dublin — one of many nationwide. Today, Sofia is a treatment spokesperson dedicated to helping other teens make the same positive changes.
“It’s difficult,” she says. “And it’s inspiring.”
Sofia is now a college honor roll student and in her spare time helps teens find their paths to recovery.