The Reminiscences of Howard Friend
Biography: Howard Friend was born and raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A difficult childhood led to drug use and homelessness, and the search for a warm bed brought him to Phoenix House in 1969. After undergoing treatment at Coney Island for two years, he became a therapeutic community house director, serving Phoenix House in Prospect Place, Phelan Place and locations in Manhattan. In 1982, he was asked to Orange County, California to serve as director in the new facility working with adolescents. He remained in charge of adolescent programming in Orange Co. until his retirement in 2012.
Keywords: Phoenix House; New York City; Lower East Side; Coney Island; substance abuse; substance abuse treatment; Prospect Place; Boerum Street; Ronald Coster; Orange County, California; Synanon; Descanso; Escondido; therapeutic community; Phelan Place; adolescents; medicalization