Send a Letter to a Recovering Addict

By Chrisanne Grise 11/20/12

Please join The Fix and Phoenix House in celebration of "Giving Tuesday," and send a letter to a person in recovery this holiday season.

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Dealing with addiction can be lonely, and whether or not you're a recovering addict yourself, there's no better way to give back this holiday season than by reaching out to someone in recovery. The nonprofit drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization Phoenix House is joining with Giving Tuesday—a movement that aims to create a new holiday (like Black Friday and Cyber Monday) with a focus on giving and volunteering, including supporting those in recovery. Between now and "Giving Tuesday" (a week from today, November 27), Phoenix House is asking for participants to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to those who are currently in treatment programs for addiction. On Giving Tuesday, the letters will be distributed to clients in recovery. "We wanted to come up with something that absolutely anyone can do to send their encouragement to our clients who are struggling to overcome their addictions," Pheonix House CEO Howard P. Meitiner tells The Fix. "A personalized letter costs nothing, but it is truly meaningful and can make a tremendous positive difference in the life of the client who receives it. Many of the men and women we serve have 'burned bridges' with friends and family at home. This initiative shows them that they are loved and supported, even by those they have never met." A letter template and directions on how to submit your letter are available on Phoenix House’s website.

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Chrisanne Grise is a multimedia journalist specializing in health/fitness, lifestyle, travel, bridal, and music. Her work has appeared in print and online for publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Parents, FitnessMagazine, Fisher Price, Bridal Guide, Scholastic's Choices,,, and more. She is the Senior Editor at The New York Times Upfront. Follow her on Linkedin and Twitter.