For many Phoenix House teen clients and Rikers inmates alike, gang culture was their only family; it was where they turned for protection and support. That’s not easy to walk away from—so it’s up to us to provide them with a better alternative.
“So many people think marijuana can’t be an addiction, but it can. Because when you smoke weed like I did, and you feel like you can’t have fun without smoking, that’s you depending on weed to have fun. And dependence on a drug, that’s addiction.”
Jennifer Harris, teacher at the Phoenix House Girls Recovery School, recently organized some activities around the theme of “Forgiveness” for our teen girls in recovery.
When I first did cocaine and it actually helped me do better in school, I was hooked. I had no idea that cocaine would take away my friends, my health, and my independence.
Our new All-Stars Prevention and Education Group at Phoenix Houses of Texas kicked off on June 25 with an ice cream social. The All-Stars group focuses on enhancing young girls’ self-esteem and expression through the creative medium of fashion.