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.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Precious Possession

I asked an associate whose Grandmother passed away this week if he was going to the funeral - which is to be held In another state.

He said he wanted to but that he was afraid to return to the hometown where he'd lived while in his addiction.

He was afraid he might encounter former using friends and be tempted to rejoin them. His first objective is to protect his recovery.

His attitude exemplifies what recovery's all about. To protect our sobriety we don't go to places where it might be put in jeopardy.

That means bars, casinos, pool halls or other establishments where liquor is served. That includes family gatherings where alcohol is served.

If we want to be safe we don’t date those who are using anything, even if they’re only social or recreational users.

We view our recovery as our most precious possession because we know all the good in our life flows from it.

We worked hard to get where we’re at. And like this man we do nothing to jeopardize it.