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.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sad Story

I heard a sad story the other day about a one-time client – and former manager - who's fallen on hard times.

This man, who was with us for more than five years, was discharged several years back because he was taking prescription stimulants so he could lose weight. On his way out he loudly protested the injustice of our decision to terminate him – even though he knew our zero-tolerance policy regarding legal or illegal drug use.

Over the past few years stories filtered back to us about him and his adventures. Tales that chronicled drinking and drug use, loss of his home, a divorce, loss of his child to the court system. And, finally, the loss of one or both of his legs to diabetes.

It was especially sad to hear these things about this man because at one time he was a great contributor to our program, and a friend to many of us. He was intelligent, funny, and a hard worker who had all the ingredients for success.

His situation illustrates what could happen to any of us if we lose our recovery and head down the wrong path.

Many of us predicted what would happen. But these are things we hate to be right about.

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