The Reminiscences of Tony Endre
Biography: Tony Endre, a Brooklynite by birth and upbringing, was the principle founder of Odyssey House and went on to have a long career in addiction services in and around New York City. Over the course of four decades, Tony worked at nearly all of the leading institutions, including the City’s Addiction Services Agency, Phoenix House, Odyssey House, Samaritan House, APPLE, and Daytop Village. At Phoenix House, he was the director at Hart Island for many years, and later served as director at the Long Island City facility. Of modest education, Tony’s expertise came from his experience as an addict and criminal in his early adulthood, and then from his experience of recovery with a group of ex-addicts in the detox ward of Metropolitan Hospital.
Keywords: Phoenix House; Synanon; Daytop Village; Mitchell Rosenthal; administration; therapeutic community; psychology; New York City government; New York City; substance abuse; policy; rehabilitation