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, August 19, 2014


Wouldn't it be wonderful if we lived in a state of bliss and never had to move from that spot?

Then, of course, that old demon shows up - change. And we move off our happy spot. And rearrange our lives in an effort to recapture that nirvana.

Change was the group topic last evening because a few dozen clients are moving. For administrative reasons they're going to a facility ten miles away.

In reality, their lives won't change in a material way. It’s a nicer facility. It has a new kitchen and air-conditioning throughout. Living conditions are better.

The hard part is the unknown. They don't know the neighborhood. They're not familiar with meetings in that area. How will they meet with sponsors and sponsees? How will they get to work. On and on.

The lesson is that the only thing we can rely is that change is the one constant in life.

We lose friends. We make friends. We find a new job. We get promoted. Or fired.

We gain or lose weight. A new wrinkle shows up. A smattering of grey hair. It's a constant cycle - yet sometimes we act surprised or become frustrated.

We remain emotionally healthier if we accept that the only constant in life is change.

Embrace it.

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