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.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Nectar of Life

In the Promises we find the term a "new freedom."  What exactly does that mean?

For those of us who were enslaved by our addictions this is a wonderful promise.  It means that in recovery we have a myriad of options.

All of a sudden our life is not dictated by our master: our addiction. We no longer have to plot for money to fuel our habit.  We quit ripping off our family.  No more shoplifting sprees.  We quit cashing bad checks. We stop selling drugs for a living.

But a "new freedom" means more than removing negatives.  It means we awaken in the morning after a good night's rest, rather than coming to.  It means we can choose whether or not we want to use drugs or alcohol today.

We can decide whether to pursue a career.  Or a relationship.  Or perhaps go to school.  Maybe we'll build a business.

In my 23 years of recovery I've seen people change nearly everything about themselves.  No longer are they subservient to others who might have drugs or alcohol.  They make positive choices about their lives today without having to worry about feeding their addiction.  They no longer wonder if they're going to be able to pay their bills.

These might sound like simple things.  But for those of us who suffered through years of addiction they are the nectar of life.

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