Norman is leaving treatment—but not the program. He’s counting on it to guide him through recovery. At 50, he’s poised to start a new life dramatically different from his past as drug dealer and gang leader. After three decades of heroin addiction, Norman entered treatment by choice, enduring rugged days of withdrawal at the residential program in Venice and, according to his counselors, embracing the Phoenix House regimen “with passion.” A doting grandfather with a steady job, whotakes college courses in psychology and designs custom-made furniture, Norman’s dramatic transformation has made him a stellar role model for other residents.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012