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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back out

Sometimes the news is bad. A former resident who'd been with us for years starts drinking again.

And because I know him fairly well I'm disappointed. For a long time he'd been doing the right thing.

He graduated from the program. He attended meetings and found a sponsor. He had a steady job. He bought things, including a vehicle. He found a lady friend. His life, for the first time in years, seems on track.

Then something happens.  Because we don't live in his head we don't know what. Maybe he was in trouble at work. Perhaps he was having financial problems. Maybe his relationship wasn't going right. We don't know.

All we get is second hand reports that he’s back out there.

What to do? There’s not much to do unless he returns and asks for help. Our hands are always out for those who want help.

In the meantime we pray that he makes it back to the rooms.

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