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A special anniversary occurs in Northbrook

When Nick Pappas woke up on Feb. 28, 2017, he discovered he was at Highland Park Hospital with no idea how he’d gotten there.

But he did have a plan. “I told everyone that I wanted to get sober,” he said.

Now 22, Pappas has remained on that path. He celebrated four years of sobriety on March 2 at Providence Farm in Northbrook, an extended care home for 18- to 30-year-old men who have completed treatment for substance use disorders. He was its first resident.

Providence Farm also will be celebrating its fourth anniversary after its founding on Aug. 1, 2017. Founder and director Stephanie Zwilling, a Northfield-based therapist and social worker, purchased it on May 1 of that year.

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