More than 15 years ago, Joan Hajjar’s daily existence revolved around her next drug or drink. Her daughter Erica shares her perspective on her mother’s journey—and the bond they’ve formed.
“At Phoenix House, I cried for the first time in years. I found role models in staff members whom I admired and loved and respected. I had been emotionally dead for so long before Phoenix House, and I hated the person I was when I was on drugs—so I c
“Phoenix House taught me that I had to become a better person to myself first, before I could become a better person to others.”