Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process. After achieving sobriety, an individual enters the road of recovery and may face challenges. Peer support is growing in popularity across the nation and can be very beneficial. Knowing the impact and remarkable success of peer support, Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic has launched the Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic Alumni Association.
The mission of the association is to support and stay connected to our former clients in their efforts to maintain long term and sustained recovery. These words were put into action on December 9 when 13 alumni gathered at Joe’s Pizza and Pasta for their kick-off meeting and holiday party. The evening began with introductions and a brief sentiment about their time at Phoenix House. A token of achievement, a copy of Alcoholics Anonymous’ Big Book signed by Deborah Taylor, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic, was presented to the alum in attendance with the longest time in recovery. Pictured above is Nate who was proud to share his memories of his experiences at Phoenix House, as well as highlights from his 25 years in recovery. Scarlet Gleeson, the association’s coordinator, hosted a custom round of Trivial Pursuit filled with questions about Phoenix House history, Alcoholics Anonymous basics, and other fun facts. The group enjoyed figuring out the answers together and the winner was pleased with her coffee-themed prize.
The alumni association plans to hold events throughout the year to encourage sober fun and to connect more people in recovery. Joining an alumni group after you have completed treatment is an excellent way to have fun while connecting with others who have also faced the difficulties of substance use disorders. If you are a Phoenix House Alum in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area and are interested in joining the group, please contact Scarlet Gleeson at SGleeson@phoenixhouse.org.
With treatment facilities located throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic has served over 35,000 individuals battling substance use disorders since 1962. If you or someone you know needs help today, call 888 671 9392.