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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Recovery Relationships

A couple in recovery talks about their relationship.

Sometimes, when things get difficult, one of them will sulk for a week or so. Then, because they care for one another, they start talking again. They’re unhappy because these cycles are happening more often. What to do?

To help them, I point out statistics on marriages. Something like 50% of them end in divorce.

Though I haven't seen studies on recovery relationships, I think we addicts face bigger challenges than so-called “normal” folks.

After all, many of us show up in relationships with issues. And sometimes not much knowledge of intimacy.

But one resource we addicts do have that so-called “normal” people don’t is the 12-step programs.

We have meetings and sponsors to help us through rough patches – including in our relationships.

This couple might look there for help.

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