Phoenix Houses of Texas Empowers Women in Treatment

Friday, May 17th, 2013

On Thursday, April 25, Phoenix House’s Judge John C. Creuzot Judicial Treatment Center in Wilmer hosted an event to celebrate the determination and courage of women in treatment.  Phoenix House staff and clients from both the men and women’s programs gathered for the Women on Fire Program and Awards Ceremony.

The program honored “women on fire,” who, like the phoenix bird, have risen from their own ashes.  Many women in treatment have encountered hardships such as relapse and recidivism, being labeled as an offender, difficulty coping with daily life, and strained relationships.  The event, however, asked them to shift their view and acknowledge their positive attributes.

Phoenix House Wilmer staff at the Women on Fire Program.

Phoenix House Wilmer staff at the Women on Fire Program.

“Every lady has a story to share that can help others overcome obstacles,” said counselor Pam Lyons.  “We are blessed with talented women who are poets, playwrights, singers, actresses, advocates, counselors, and sponsors.  Most importantly, they are agents for change that the world desperately needs.”

The event empowered female clients by recognizing their talents, efforts, and diligence.  Clients recited the poems “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou and “When the Wind Blows.”  Another sang her own rendition of “I Believe I can Fly” and “I Need You to Survive.”  Clients also performed skits focused on their shared experiences, strength, and hope, which allowed them to practice the communications and social skills they’ve learned in treatment.  The program closed as clients reaffirmed their commitment to recovery and recited the Phoenix House philosophy.

Our clients appreciated the opportunity to support one another and stand together as women.  We could not be more proud of the great strides they have made as they work toward lasting recovery.

If you or a loved one needs help for a substance abuse issue, Phoenix House is here for you. Email us or call today at 1 888 671 9392.

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