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.

Friday, February 28, 2014


Calls that come before sunup are gut-wrenching because they’re usually not good news. And this one is no different. A former Hard Six client who left around five years ago is found somewhere dead.

At that early hour no one is sure of the exact cause. But the suspicion is that it’s somehow related to his addiction. It’s a reasonable suspicion, because addicts in their early forties aren't likely to succumb to natural causes.

The sad news ripples instantly through the TLC community, as are updates about how he might have died.

Whatever the cause, we’re all immediately reminded of the potential consequences of relapse. Of the specter awaiting to pounce if we ignore the advice of the sober guides who share their experience with newcomers.

This man’s untimely death reminds those of us who've been around a while why we do this work: we have the hope that sometimes the message gets through.

We wish his family and loved ones well.

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