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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Still Struggling

A man who came to us over 21 years ago - when we first opened - is still struggling with our disease.

Over the years he’s used a variety of drugs. This last time he came in – around ten days ago - his drug of choice was alcohol. We found work for him and urged him to focus on recovery.

But over the weekend he disappeared without explanation.

This man has a long battle with his disease. He went from being a highly skilled technician who could get a job on a moment’s notice, to an unemployable street person.

He’s pretty much estranged from his family. He owns nothing. He’s facing criminal charges. His options have become limited.

When I heard he'd left once more before even trying I was sad.

The lesson for me is that if I don’t keep doing what I’m doing I might be right there with him. None of us are unique.

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