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.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Close to Home

The call that came late Friday night to a long-time TLC employee was devastating. His eldest son – who worked as a parking valet at a Scottsdale mall – was in a Scottsdale hospital after being run over by a drunk driver who is being sought by police.

The son, a war hero who was blown up and shot four times in Afghanistan, will survive. However the assault left him with partial amnesia. Plus, there’s the possibility of further damage to the already extensive injuries that left him hospitalized for several months after he returned from the war.

It’s never surprising when bad things happen to our clients who can’t – or are unwilling to - change their lives. Injury, sickness, death and jail are part of the addict’s territory.

But it’s a gut-wrenching shock when it hits close to home – to the heroes, the innocent, the ones we love.

We have him in our prayers.