Philadelphia is a leader in addiction recovery

September 24, 2010|By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nine months and nine days after she pushed beyond the alcohol and crack cocaine that consumed a decade of her life, April Steele is doing homework online for a college she never expected to attend.
Steele does not own a computer. Her world is still far from stable. So she spends six hours a day at the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center, where people a few years ahead on the same journey teach her the software, invite her to Friday game nights (with cola, not coke) and Thursday movies (Clean and Sober), and ask how she's feeling, every day.
"When you are starting over, it really helps. You have no idea," said Steele, 44.
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