Mackenzie Phillips has had her fair share of substance abuse issues, battling substance abuse for over 40 years. However, now she’s using her own struggles to help others who might find themselves in the same position and she’s counseling addicts and helping them get their lives back on track.
Mackenzie Phillips breezes into the Pasadena Recovery Center through the staff entrance, settles into a chair at the front of the room and prepares to lead a counseling session for 30 or so addicts.
A few minutes in, a meth addict who was admitted to the center only a few days earlier insists he’s ready to go home.
“Mack,” as Phillips is known to her clients, looks him in the eye and urges him to avoid the “overconfidence” that can accompany early recovery.
“You’re just a young guy who’s got his whole life ahead of him,” she says forcefully. “I’m a 54-year-old woman who wishes she had this guidance when I was 21. God knows what a difference that would have made.”
Good to hear something that can destroy your life can be not only overcome, but used for good, as well. Well done!