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, February 23, 2014

Love in Passing

A client at one of our Phoenix facilities is dying of cirrhosis. He only has a few days to live.

Because he wanted to spend his last days at the facility, we grant his request.

Hospice workers visit to assure that he's comfortable as possible, to ease his pain.

An interesting aspect of his passing is that it seems to bring out the best in other clients, who rally around him as if he were family. They're offering him prayers and encouragement.

Though his untimely passing is sad, a positive aspect is that it allows others to witness the potential consequences of addiction.

It also allows them to express care and love for another human being.

We wish this client well on his journey home.