Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

No Logic

A manager shared that while he was in an alcohol induced coma - over nine years ago -, the doctor told the friend who took him to the hospital to contact the family because he wasn't going to wake up.

But he survived and spent the next two months in a rehabilitation facility. Before he left, doctors told him if he drank again he wouldn't survive.

After two years of abstinence his liver and other organs were pretty much repaired, his health fairly good. Yet he found himself once more at a bar, ordering a drink.

At that point he had an awakening. He surrendered and entered one of TLC’s halfway houses, where he found structure and a safe environment. After being with the program a while, he became a house manager, then a district manager, a position he’s held every since.

Those not familiar with addiction might ask why this healthy man, a military veteran with a good retirement income would risk it all for alcohol and drugs? There’s no easy answer.

But his story illustrates the power and insanity of addiction, which transcends logic and common-sense.