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.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Insanity at Work

A new Hard Six client this week proved once again the insanity of addiction.

This man, who'd been with us a short time, stole $300 from his supervisor's wallet, which had been placed on the seat of the pickup in which they were both riding. The client apparently took the money while the supervisor was distracted with another issue. And the theft was only discovered after the man had run away and the supervisor went to purchase construction material he needed and found an empty wallet.

This desperate act by a man who'd not been sober long, shows the strong pull of addiction. Even on a good day, depending on the drug of choice, $300 is not going to last more than a few hours for a serious addict.

And once the money's gone, then what? This man has no home, nothing to fall back on. Plus, he’ll be facing criminal charges. Yet he was so intent on getting high that nothing else mattered.

His actions had a positive effect on the rest of us.  It made us grateful to be clean and sober today.