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.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Improving our Health

I believe – as much as possible - that we should care for our health. Exercise, meditation, stress reduction, eating little or no processed food, are among the ingredients of healthy living.

This came up last weekend while talking to a member of the program who suffers from various ailments. To help combat physical and emotional challenges he's on a regimen of over 20 medications.

As we talked, it also came out that he did no exercise - plus smokes cigarettes.

And while I'm not qualified to talk about his medical protocol, it takes little more than common sense to realize there are non-medical things we can do to improve our health.

And among those are developing good living habits.. Clearly the simplest – albeit maybe the most challenging – is to toss the cigarettes. In addition, an exercise routine provides wonderful collateral benefits like stress reduction, more energy, and improved sleep.

While I in no way intend to be judgmental or offensive, it's my obligation to help him improve his life. Just like we do at TLC when we help addicts with other recovery issues.

For those who want to quit smoking go to or try  These are only a few of the many resources available on the internet.

For information about eating better you might check out the hundreds of videos at