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, March 23, 2014

Insanity Returns

I received a message today about a man who left our halfway house program not long ago and was found dead in his apartment this week. He’d been with us about a year.

Before leaving he told someone that if he drank again it would kill him. It appeared that he'd died from drinking.

Even though I didn’t didn't know him personally, I still knew him on one important level – our shared disease.

Because inside each of us alcoholics and addicts is that residual part of us, a tiny whispering that hints we might be able to drink or drug again.

Those of us in solid recovery know what doesn't work. So we ignore the suggestions from our ever seductive disease.

Sadly, this man didn’t listen or else didn’t care.

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