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.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Genuine Heroes

Often we hear of police raiding meth labs and finding children living in toxic conditions. And while the parents are charged with child abuse, we never hear much about the children. They are the human fallout, the innocent victims of the drug world.

This week I met genuine heroes, a man and his wife who have adopted a dozen children, some of them the children found in these labs.

And because many of the children he and his wife have adopted were rescued from these situations they suffer from PTSD and other issues due to living with addicts and drug dealers.

This man described some of the challenges they face in raising children with these kinds of issues. But he says he and his wife receive so many blessings from this large family that it makes it all worthwhile.

It was an inspiration to speak with this couple, and know that some of these victims end up with loving and dedicated parents.

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