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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Valuable Lessons

A man who had never been to a 12-step meeting learned that addicts and alcoholics are just like everyone else.

When the court ordered him go to 10 meetings with signature verification he was apprehensive about who he’d meet in the rooms.

“I met people just like me,” he said.

As he sat in meetings he developed gratitude. He heard stories from those who faced challenges. Some had been in accidents. Others had been to prison because of drinking and drugging. There were stories of divorces and loss of jobs. And he realized his life was okay.

While with his wife at dinner one evening she wondered what people at meetings looked like. He said they look exactly like the people around them in the restaurant. And she was surprised. Her idea of an alcoholic had been someone who wore ragged clothes and drank in an alley.

He said that though his visit to court was for a minor alcohol violation, he learned valuable lessons from the meetings.