Announcing the PHCA Entertainment & Media Circle

The Phoenix House California Entertainment & Media Circle 

Together, Let’s Catalyze Positive Change

We are thrilled and grateful to announce the Johnny Carson Foundation’s generous donation to help make a difference in the lives of adolescents, teens and adults struggling with addiction and mental health disorders by becoming a member of the Phoenix House California Entertainment & Media Circle. The Foundation’s support will ensure we reach as many young people, women and men as possible through our drug prevention and early intervention programs, creative arts therapies and cultural and social activities to help provide healing and an alternative to drug and alcohol misuse and abuse.

Prevention and Early Intervention

Many of the adolescents and teens we serve have experienced traumatic, life-altering events that include witnessing domestic violence, sexual assault/rape, physical assault, gang violence, or trauma associated with immigration and began using drugs as an escape from the abuse.

Phoenix House California’s school and community-based prevention programs and awareness campaigns educate adolescents, teens, parents, teachers and community members about the impact of alcohol and drugs on developing adolescent brains.

Creative Arts Therapies

Most of us know the feeling of being moved by a work of art, whether it is a song, a play, a poem, a novel or a painting. We are transported to a new place and we become aware of a feeling that may not be unfamiliar to us but which we did not actively focus on before. This transformative experience is often stifled by addiction. Many people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol have alexithymia, a term that describes people who don’t understand what they’re feeling or how others feel or can’t put their feelings into words.

Participation in the creative arts has been proven to increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety and depression, and aid the recovery process for people who struggle with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health issues. Our goal is to provide Creative Arts Therapies to young people, women, and men at all PHCA facilities.

Support from generous partners like the Johnny Carson Foundation allows us to provide substance misuse education and comprehensive, targeted services for the women, men and young people we serve. We are grateful for their generosity and commitment in helping to save lives – One life at a time.

For more information on how to join our roster of influencers and companies in the entertainment and media industries who are committed to making a difference, please contact:

Natalie Dolishny, Senior Director of Development

T: 818.686.3007 or