Spotlight: Nick Sousa Goes the Extra Mile

Friday, March 7th, 2014
Nick in his Marine Corps days

Nick in his Marine Corps days

Nick Sousa, Case Manager at Honor House, Phoenix House’s sober residence for veterans, feels a special kinship with vets who have been injured in our country’s service. A disabled veteran himself, Nick served with the United States Marine Corps in postings all across the globe until a serious leg injury requiring extensive surgery put an end to his military career and nearly ended his great passion: running.   Through sheer determination and strength of will, he regained his ability to run and now plans to tackle the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21. We salute Nick’s commitment to the community and invite you to support his marathon run for Journey Forward, his designated charity.

In his work for Phoenix House, Nick shares his lessons in determination with veterans in early recovery from substance abuse, helping them make the transition into recovery housing and eventually into permanent housing. Honor House was opened earlier this year under the supervision of the Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence, a Phoenix House Program. At Honor House, Nick, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology, helps veterans continue to build their recovery skills, access medical or mental health care if needed, secure employment, and reconnect with their family and friends.

The Rhode Island Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence operates eight gender-specific recovery houses in the Ocean State, all located in quiet residential neighborhoods. Phoenix House Rhode Island’s full range of services for drug- and alcohol-troubled individuals ranges from medical detoxification through residential treatment for adult men and women, inpatient treatment with academic tutoring for adolescents, outpatient services at three locations statewide, to safe, supportive recovery housing overseen by the Rhode Island Council.

If someone you care for is struggling with addiction, call Phoenix House today at 1 888 671 9392.  We’re standing by to help.


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