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For Greg, who first drank as an altar boy at age 9, alcohol was both a refuge and fuel for his ego. Years later, after losing his job, license, marriage, and almost his life, Greg finally found Phoenix House and a willingness to truly change.
Starbucks’ decision to serve alcohol in the evening has prompted backlash from defenders of the recovery community. But does this outrage send the right message about sober individuals?
“At my worst, I went to a club and blew all the money I’d saved on drugs. I looked in the mirror and said, ‘I have got to stop doing this.’ Phoenix House taught me to talk about how I feel and take things one day at a time.”
My life is simpler now because as soon as someone says “Do you want to buy a beer?” I say “No, thanks.” I don’t have to think about how many bags of dope I can have and still function.