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.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

G.E.D. to PhD

In 12 step meetings it's common to witness miracles.

For example, this weekend a doctor told of how she survived a vicious childhood sexual assault that nearly killed her when she was nine years old. And how she went on to become an educated professional with five degrees.

She said she went "from a GED to a PhD."

But before that happened, she took a lengthy excursion into addiction and alcoholism, a journey that started in her early teens when she was unable to shake the trauma of her childhood ordeal. Her disease took her from heavy drinking, to crack houses, to prison.

Her early days of recovery involved entry level jobs and long hours in college trying to regain the time she lost to her disease. But she studied diligently, obtaining better and better employment until she completed her education.

It’s not uncommon in the rooms of recovery to hear stories like this from those who once believed their lives were hopeless.

Then a watershed event brings them into the sunlight of recovery. And in her case it was a loving and praying Grandmother who encouraged her to change her life.

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