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The Story of the Phoenix

The Story of the Phoenix

There is a bird that lays no eggs and has no young. It was here when the world began and is still living today, in a hidden, faraway desert spot. It is the phoenix, the bird of fire.

The Phoenix lives for 500 years, the Phoenix feels the end of its life near. It was often tired, and it had lost much of its strength. It couldn’t soar so high in the sky, nor fly as fast or as far as it was young.

“I don’t want to live like this,” thought the Phoenix. “I want to be young and strong.”

So the Phoenix lifted it’s head and sang, “Sun, glorious sun, make me young and strong again!” but the sun didn’t answer. Day after day the Phoenix sang. When the sun still didn’t answer, the Phoenix decided to return to the place where it had lived in the beginning and ask the sun one more time.

It flew across the desert, over the hills, green valleys, and high mountains. The journey was long, and because the Phoenix was old and weak, it had to rest along the way. Now, the Phoenix has a keen sense of smell and is particularly fond of herb and spices.  So each time it landed, it collected pieces of cinnamon bark and all kinds of fragrant leaves. It tucked some in among its feathers and carried the rest in its claws. The Phoenix began to build itself a nest at the top of the tree, the Phoenix built a nest with the cinnamon bark and lined it with fragrant leaves.

Now everything was ready. The Phoenix sat down in its nest, lifted its head, and sang, “Sun, glorious sun, make me young and strong again!”

This time the sun heard the song. Swiftly it chased the clouds from the sky and stilled the winds and shone down on the mountainside with all its power.  Suddenly there was a flash of light, flames leaped out of the nest, and the Phoenix became a big round blaze of fire.

After a while the flames died down. The tree was not burnt, nor was the nest. But the Phoenix was gone. In the nest was a heap of silvery-gray ash.

The ash began to tremble and slowly heave itself upward. From under the ash there rose up a young Phoenix. It was small and looked sort of crumpled, but it stretched its neck and lifted its wings and flapped them. Moment by moment it grew, until it was the same size as the old Phoenix. It looked around, found the egg made of myrrh, and hollowed it out. Then it placed the ashes inside and finally closed up the egg. The young Phoenix lifted its head and sang, “Sun, glorious sun, I shall sing my songs for you alone! Forever and ever!”

When the song ended, the wind began to blow, the clouds scudding across the sky, and the other living creatures crept out of their hiding places.

The Phoenix lives still today. But every five hundred years, when it begins to feel weak and old it builds a fragrant nest on top of a palm tree, and there the sun once again burns it to ashes. But each time, the Phoenix rises up from those ashes, fresh and new and young again.

Stories of this bird can be found in mythologies from Egypt, Rome, China, and among Native America.

We at Phoenix Recovery Programs use this symbol of the Phoenix being reborn from addiction.

Several analogies can be seen in the story:

Fire = Treatment and early Recovery of our New Lives

Suffering = Introspection, the process of taking a look at the kind of person we have become due to our addiction.

Newborn Phoenix = The recovering addict building a new life out of the former addicts lifestyle.

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This is a very good Program

“This is a very good program and it helps. If you are willing to try this program it will change your life for the better but you gotta be willing. i got what i needed from their and not just how to stay sober but how to be happy and have fun while in the real world. Im greatfull and the more open-minded the better but great program. Thank you for showing me what i thought could never happen and that is making in life happy.”

Former Client

Best Treatment

“Good especially summer its good at keeping us busy. This is the best out of all my treatments”

2016 Phoenix Graduate


“Couldn’t be more impressed with Phoenix. Thank you for everything you’ve done & continue to do.”

Parent of 2015 Graduate

In The Long Run

“Its a good Program. I think it’s the best one for clients to stay sober in the long run.”

Phoenix Graduate
Maplewood, MN

Things Are Good!

“I just wanted to say how happy I am with everything at Phoenix and all the staff.  This is the most positive I have seen [my son] in a very long time.  When he calls me he is very positive and very motivated and says things are good!  So I just wanted to let you know.  I’m so happy that we found you guys.”

Client’s Parent
Maplewood, MN

It really works

I was in the Phoenix group home back in 1999. When I first got there I just trapped inside myself. Not caring about me or anyone. This place gave me the tools to make a better life I started to understand my life better. These are tools I still use almost 20 years later. Hope to anyone that reads this you can have better life it is out there.

John Neubarth
Maplewood MN

Thank You!

“I was using for 5 years when my friend passed away so I wanted to get clean. I was looking on the computer to find the best place and I felt Phoenix Recovery was my choice. The people that work here are very nice and they will do everything they can to help you get clean. I really like the program, it helps with everything. Makes you feel good and helps rebuild everything that was destroyed.”

Mankato, MN

The Services Are Great

“I really like that they have school, psychological therapy and family group here as well as the fact that the program is so long. I really like that the kids get passes to come home.”

Graduate's Mother

Moving Forward

“Your Program is the best program I have ever experienced. I am amazed on all the aspects your program covers for the client. I would definitely refer families to this program because I feel strong they would receive excellent treatment and the best chance to allow the client a future for going forward in life.”

Graduate's Mother
Maplewood, MN

Gratitude & Appreciation

“The amount of gratitude and appreciation I have for Phoenix stems from the life that they gave back to me. The truth is most of us can’t do it on our own and our loved ones run out of time, patience and resources to help us. That’s when my family and I turned to Phoenix Recovery Programs. This program guided me to a better life by giving me the tools I needed to stay clean and sober. I have tried other programs but none have given me the success that I have now after graduation from Phoenix. They also gave my loved ones the support and understanding they needed to help me continue to be the best I can be. Thank you so much to the staff at Phoenix for giving my loved ones and I a greater opportunity to life to the fullest.”

2017 Waseca Facility Graduate

This program is different, in a great way.

“This program saved my life. This program isn’t about only getting sober, this program taught me the skills I need to be a success in my every day life. This is unlike any other program I’ve ever been to because of how much the staff really invests in the clients lives. This was the turning point in my life story, and I can’t thank the staff and clients who helped me out enough”

Phoenix Graduate
Maplewood Program

Thank You

“thank you to all the that have helped me get sober and find my path in life when I first came in those doors I didn’t care about anything you had to say but after i spent almost 7 months in both programs i found where i needed to be thank you again phoenix”

Past PRP Client

My Son’s Back

“My son is a 2015 graduate of Phoenix Recovery Program in Mankato. This program really dug into the issues and not just treated his addiction. They found out why he is an addict and worked with him on the issues to deal with the problem not just the addiction. They gave him the tools to deal with life after treatment, and the resources he needs to succeed. The staff is great to work with, always greeted me with a smile, and really became an important part of our lives. I know they will be there for him whenever he needs them. My son would have graduated high school this year and the program helped my son obtain his GED, so he is right on track and can start college in the fall. I will recommend this program to any kid with a drug or alcohol addiction. With this program and the support from your family you will succeed. I just want to say to the staff at Phoenix – Thank you for giving me my son back!”

Mother of 2015 Graduate
Mankato, MN

“Judging by your progress reports, I’m very impressed with your work with him and/or his work with you.”


DOC Probation Officer

This Program

“I’ve gotten a lot out of this program more than I have out of all the other placements I have been in put together.”

2015 Phoenix Graduate

“I’m Out!!!”

“Thank you so much for your help. You guys took me in an extremely low point in life and built me up to be someone that I respect. I like myself for the first time in forever, im happy to be alive. words cannot express how much I appreciate you guys have helped me. All staff have helped me beyond words. I love life now. I am excited and optimistic. I am so excited to live. With that ill pass. Peace and Love.”

2016 Maplewood Graduate

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Maplewood, MN 55109

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Mankato, Mn 56001

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