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, February 22, 2014

Investing in Recovery

When we were active in our addictions we did whatever it took to stay drunk or high.

We stole drugs from medicine cabinets. We borrowed from our families. We sold drugs, or else picked up for others, knowing they’d reward us for our efforts. Maybe we were shoplifters or panhandlers. Perhaps we engaged in more serious crimes, like burglary or robbery.

We were so driven by our addictions that we didn’t care much about the consequences. We were willing to take from whomever, even our loved ones. We risked – and sometimes lost – our freedom so we wouldn't have to face the pain of withdrawal.

Yet today – even though we gave all to stay high – some of us are tepid about grabbing on to recovery.

Although we spent 24/7 pursuing our addiction, spending an hour a two a week on recovery seems a challenge.

Someone once said in a meeting that if we spend even five percent of the time on recovery as we did getting high we’ll be wildly successful.

How much are we willing to invest in our recovery?

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