Two Phoenix House clients, Tiffeny and Jamie Lynn, tell WABC News that they developed addictions to prescription drugs after friends and family offered their leftover pills.
“A family member introduced me to narcotics, Vicodin, and they said it would make me feel better because I was under a lot of pressure being young,” Tiffany, 22, told WABC.
“My best friend got dental work and she had Vicodin, she gave me a couple and it was off to the races. I was 13,” Jamie Lynn, now 24, said.
Phoenix House Chief Clinical Officer Deni Carise also weighs in, advising parents to help their children see how addiction can keep them from achieving their goals.