On May 2, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic hosted a breakfast to raise awareness about its efforts to help men, women, and teens affected by addiction.
Phoenix House board members, supporters, and other guests gathered at the Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington. Speakers included our Mid-Atlantic Board Chairman Bruce McLeod, Reverend Dr. Scott S. Ickert, and Regional Director Deborah Taylor.
The highlights of the morning were two testimonials from members of the Phoenix House family, David W. and Melanie Barber. By the time he entered treatment, attorney David W. had already lost a job, his relationship, and his driver’s license as a result of alcoholism. He called his experience at Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic “miraculous,” recalling the first time he was able to sit down with a group of people who understood his struggles. At Phoenix House, he learned to manage his condition and developed a sober community with whom he is still in touch four years later.
Like David, Melanie Barber described Phoenix House as a place that “heals clients’ minds, bodies, and souls.” Melanie shared the story of her nephew who entered treatment in October 2011 and has now successfully completed residential and outpatient treatment. “My nephew works with a compassionate, dedicated, smart, innovative, effective team at Phoenix House and with their partners in Arlington County,” she said. “Phoenix House has a down-to-earth approach that gets results.” With the help of our program staff, her nephew has learned how addiction affects the brain, how to manage his recovery, and how to set both short- and long-term goals. “We will be eternally grateful that Phoenix House is saving my nephew’s life,” Melanie concluded.
We thank David and Melanie for sharing their inspiring stories, illustrating that treatment works—and that people can and do recover. We also extend our gratitude to our board members and supporters who help make our work possible.
Every day, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic helps hundreds of people who are suffering from substance abuse in 17 programs in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. To learn more about our programs and services, contact us or call us today at 1 888 671 9392.