In 1967, six heroin addicts came together at a detoxification program in a New York hospital.
They talked about the struggles of staying clean and decided to help one another through the tough days ahead. Together, they moved into a brownstone on Manhattan’s West Side and lived as a community, encouraging and helping each other to stay sober. That is how Phoenix House was born. What made it work was the structure and approach to treatment brought to the fledgling program by psychiatrist Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D. and counselors from New York City’s Addiction Services Agency (ASA). As deputy commissioner of ASA for rehabilitation, Dr. Rosenthal made Phoenix House the model for a citywide treatment network.
In 1968, Phoenix House became an independent nonprofit organization and has since grown to become the nation’s leading provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention services operating 97 programs at 52 locations across nine states. Currently, we care for a population of 3,530 men, women, and adolescents. We work with teens at risk, support clients in recovery, and offer a wide range of treatment options for adults and adolescents. These include assessment and evaluation, detoxification, outpatient and residential programs, sober living residences, after-school and day programs for teens, case management, special women’s services, and programs that serve substance abusers with mental health problems.
In 1983, Phoenix House opened its first Phoenix House Academy, a residential high school where teens can make up schooling lost to drugs and recapture opportunities for higher education and careers. In 2005, the Phoenix House Academy was designated a “model program” by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, with a legacy spanning 50 years.We are committed to treating the whole person — and their families — with caring, qualified professionals in the fields of psychiatry, medicine, mental health, social work, education, and recovery support. Our team of experts address underlying causes of substance abuse and behavioral patterns to guide patients toward lasting recovery.We are passionate about healing individuals, families, and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions.
With 50 years of experience, Phoenix House helps thousands of men, women, and teens find the road to recovery each year. Our treatment philosophy is based on the understanding that addiction is a chronic disease not a moral failing. Individuals suffering from substance use disorders deserve and require evidence-based treatment in settings that offer privacy and dignity. Like other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, there are no quick fixes or easy cures for addiction. Good long-term outcomes result from providing individuals with the tools and support they need to achieve and maintain recovery.
Since no two people are the same, we believe no two treatment plans should be identical. We tailor care to meet individual needs, taking into account biological, social, and psychological factors. Our approach is integrated. Rather than focusing solely on an individual’s use of drugs or alcohol, we treat the whole person.
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