On May 2nd, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic was formally recognized for its dedication to and work with Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), a government organization whose mission is to effectively supervise individuals on probation, parole, and supervised release in the District of Columbia.
In a formal ceremony in D.C., PHMA received the CSOSA Contractor Exceptional Performance Award in recognition of its dedication to social justice.
For many years, Phoenix House counselors have seen the remarkable difference that addiction treatment can have on the lives of those men and women who have been referred to our many programs from CSOSA. Many of these program graduates have gone from using and selling drugs on the streets of D.C. to becoming valuable members of our society, transforming their lives and making a difference in the lives of others.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most people who are currently incarcerated in either state prisons or local jails have abused drugs on a regular basis. Unfortunately, less than 20% of the millions of imprisoned men and women nationwide will receive treatment for their drug addictions. However, with the strong correlation between the disease of addiction and illegal behavior, it is becoming increasingly necessary to first treat the symptoms of this brain disease, giving many of these offenders a holistic and long-term recovery plan to avoid imprisonment and, more importantly, to establish and maintain their sobriety.
We, at Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, are honored to continue our work with the men and women who have been referred to our programs from CSOSA. We wish all of these graduates well on their recovery journeys!