Monday, February 14, 2011

Recovering Addicts Plant a Forest of Regeneration

From kicking our oil dependence to building an ocean recovery alliance, it's common to borrow metaphors from the world of addiction when it comes to discussing the environmental challenges we face, and how to fix them. But sometimes the connection is literal. In fact, one group is planting an entire forest to celebrate each individual recovery from addiction—one tree, and one addict, at a time.

The idea for the Phoenix Forest comes from the Phoenix Futures network of drug and alcohol treatment providers. The group has already planted 700 trees—one for every service user who successfully completed one of its drug recovery programs last year. And the plan is to do the same next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. Eventually there will be a whole forest, and each individual tree will stand for one life that has been turned around from addiction. Read More