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, July 17, 2014

Becoming an Example

An addict who’s lost many in his family to drugs and alcohol finally got sober a few years ago.

Once he entered recovery life got better. He stopped going to jail. He quit stealing. He stopped dealing drugs. He’s been sleeping indoors for a long time – and at the same address. He’s had the same job for several years and receives regular raises and bonuses.

One day he found a woman with whom he clicked. They got married a while back and are raising children.

He's no longer just another member of a dysfunctional and dying family. He’s become an example for the relatives who still survive. He’s the person they turn to when they need serious help.

And he’s responded, going out of his way to help them into recovery. And he’s helped them in other ways.

Sometimes we’re privileged to see what happens when someone gets sober and breaks the chain of addiction as this man did.

His children are growing up with the idea that they can do positive things with their lives.