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, July 30, 2013

12-Step Power

The healing power of the 12-step programs is never so apparent as when those in recovery tell their stories.

And the story last Sunday from a young woman at the podium was gut wrenching and moving.

She chronicled years of childhood sexual abuse by family members. Then a gang rape when she was a teenager. After that, years of alcohol and drug abuse that followed her into adulthood. 

However, the drugs and alcohol could never quite erase the memory of the damages done to her psyche. And she became so incapacitated that she finally sought help in the 12-step programs.

Today, she works as a highly skilled professional and has obtained an advanced education. She now has a period of sobriety that she treasures more than anything. She understands on a deep level that if her recovery goes so does everything else.

When those with less traumatic histories hear such moving stories it gives them confidence in the healing power of the 12-step programs.