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.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Reaching Out

I received the following anonymous comment to the blog earlier this week:

"Thanks for ur blog it is sometimes the only thread to recovery I have and am shamed to admit I have such a weak program right now. .."

For some reason I feel compelled to respond.

After all, with the many resources available in the recovery community, are there acceptable excuses to not have a stronger link to recovery? And I say this not to be critical because here’s a fellow addict crying for support.

After all, this comment says the writer needs more program. Reading this blog may be helpful, but so would anything positive.  A solid 12-step program will help this reader.

This person obviously lives in an urban area since her/she accesses the internet. Probably less than a mile or two from wherever he/she lives are multiple meetings. There are phone numbers. There are people who want to help others stay sober.

The positive thing this reader shows is awareness of where he/she is at right now.  That's a start.