July 24, 2017 – A restaurateur recently discussed how he went from a life in active addiction to working in recovery to help others receive treatment after an intervention from his family and a check-in at Malvern Institute impacted his life.
Anastasio “Stas” Botsaris, a Philly native and owner of Phoebe’s BBQ, shared his story with Billy Penn.
Botsaris hoped that his experience can inspire others who are struggling with drug addiction.
“He was good at hiding it,” said older brother Demetri, “and we were good at being in denial. But then at some point, we couldn’t help but see, ‘Hey, this is not a normal thing.’”
It took a year for Demetri and his mother to formulate a solution. They researched treatment centers, and after being turned away from many — denied because Botsaris had the appearance of being healthy and well-off — they finally found a place that would accept him: The Malvern Institute. They made arrangements at the Main Line housing center, and Demetri steeled himself for an intervention.
“I would gladly lose any limb or walk in front of any bus to make sure not one hair on his head was touched,” Demetri said. “I couldn’t let this continue.”
“This is not the little brother I know,” the elder brother stated. He took off his glasses and watch and laid them aside, prepping for a potential fight. “Look man, do you like your life right now?” The younger man shook his head. “There are two ways to go,” Demetri continued. “We can go the easy way, or I’m gonna grab you…”
Botsaris started crying. The next day he checked into Malvern, and stayed there 14 days straight.
Botsaris currently serves as an outreach coordinator at Avenues Recovery, a treatment center in Bucks County.
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