All Denim Everything
Today I’m wearing my denim tuxedo. I kind of have to wear “normal” clothes to work. I like this vintage belt, it adds some flavor to the denim tux. I wanted to talk a little bit about Phoenix House today and why I chose it. When I was 27 I published a book called Dear Diary with Vice magazine and MTV. It was a “funny” book (based on the column I wrote for Vice) but really it was kind of dark, as it dealt with the personal struggles I’ve had with substance abuse. Before the age of 22 I had been to rehab twice. Phoenix House always seemed like one of the places that was really well known for helping not just people with substance abuse issues, but also younger people. At the time I felt like I was the only person in the world who was getting sober right around the age where I was finally legally allowed to drink. It was a weird time but a time I will never forget, only because it was so painful and scary, but also pretty miraculous. Phoenix House is one of those facilities where I can see myself working one day (when I get my CASAC). There was a time I thought that being sober meant I had to give up a life of anything fun and awesome and exciting, and I can’t even begin to stress enough how the opposite has come true!
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