Saturday, July 19 marked an important occasion at Phoenix House Citra Center: our Celebration of Recovery. With an aura of anticipation and liveliness, residents could be seen, sharply dressed and with smiles from ear to ear.
The Celebration of Recovery is a semi-annual event that recognizes the successful completion of our residents’ stay in treatment. Joining in the celebration were Phoenix House staff and family members from across the state. The ceremony was made livelier by an unexpected treat: a musical tribute to the completers and the current residents that left the audience thrilled and inspired. Four men, Karreem Britt (vocals), Adam Silva (drums), Scott Cooke (guitar), and Randy Schenk (bass), showed the crowd the success of musical therapy. The band gave an uplifting performance with their songs, “My Recovery,” “Sleep Walking,” and “Appreciation List.” Each song tells a unique story inspired by the residents. Clinical Director David Fields delivered an inspiring speech, reminding residents that the Celebration of Recovery is a continuous process, a start of a new life of sobriety.
Also joining the festivities was Phoenix House alumnus John G., who shared his journey of recovery that stretches from Providence, Rhode Island, to his successful completion of treatment at Phoenix House Citra Center. “Today’s miracle is that we didn’t smoke or drink,” John said, standing as a reminder that success is based on one’s own dedication to rehabilitation, with the acceptance and support of friends and family.
Phoenix House Florida provides substance abuse rehabilitation for adolescents at the Derek Jeter Center located in Tampa and at the Brandon Outpatient Treatment Center. Adults also receive outpatient counseling at the Tampa and Brandon facilities. Our most recent addition, The Centre for Women at Hyde Park, provides gender-specific care to women. Phoenix House Citra Center provides residential treatment for men and women whose substance abuse is advanced or complicated by mental health. Our highly skilled professional staff annually serves more than 1,000 men, women, and teens – safeguarding youth, strengthening families, and helping to build happier, healthier lives.
If you know someone who is struggling with alcohol or drug problems, call Phoenix House today at 1 888 671 9392. We’re here to help!