Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 28th year of recovery.

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

Monday, May 20, 2013

More Helping Others

The topic at our monthly manager's meeting this past Sunday was "helping others."

As the meeting opened the moderator explained how he came up with the topic. He said that as he was driving a van load of clients out of the back parking lot on a 90° degree day last week headed for Phoenix he noticed an elderly woman sitting on a parking stop at the side of the lot.

At first he didn't think much about it. But then after about a half a block he realized something wasn't right and drove back. It turned out the elderly woman – in her 90s – had parked her car a few blocks away at a restaurant and was unable to find it when she came out. And in her confusion while looking for it she ended up in our back lot, dehydrated and lost.

In any event, our guys helped her reconnect with her family and it turned out she was okay. And all of them felt better for being able to help someone out of a perilous situation.

As the topic went around the room, a lot of people talked about the benefits of helping. The consensus among was that giving was one of more rewarding things they do. And at the same time they are able to get out of themselves - a good thing for addicts.