When you think of a happy holiday, what comes to mind? Most would say laughter, family, hot cocoa, and warmth. This holiday season brought a new time in the lives of clients at the Residential Program at Citra Center: a time of sobriety and happiness, which many residents may not have experienced in years.
Throughout the month of December, residents were provided with activities giving them the opportunity to experience sober, healthy holidays. Many reunited with their families, shared in unity activities with fellow residents, such as making gingerbread houses, playing games, sending holiday cards, playing secret Santa, and enjoying holiday feasts. Residents received presents for themselves as well as for their children. You could see smiles from ear to ear across the unit from children and their parents as they experienced a warm and compassionate holiday.
Family day occurred on Saturday, December 27. The men’s unit at Citra organized a tremendous event. As you looked across the rolling hills, you could see children’s faces painted, carnival games, laughter, and love. The men who organized the event explained, “It is so nice to give back and see the laughter that comes when living in recovery, instead of the darkness and hurt that haunted us in our past. Living at Citra Center gives us all an awesome opportunity to practice service to others. When we give back, it gives us strength and motivation, pushing us forward in our recovery. We are so thankful for this holiday and look forward to our future in recovery, which will provide us with many more healthy and happy holiday seasons.”
Phoenix House Florida provides substance abuse rehabilitation for adolescents at the Derek Jeter Center in Tampa and at the Brandon Outpatient Treatment Center. Adults also receive outpatient counseling at the Tampa and Brandon facilities. Our newest program, at The Women’s Centre at Hyde Park, provides gender-specific care to women. Citra Center provides residential treatment for men and women whose substance abuse is advanced or complicated by mental health issues. 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!