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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hope for her Son

I receive an email from a distraught mother.

She wonders what to do about her alcoholic son. He's in his mid-twenties, living on the streets. She's helped him get into a lot of treatment programs, but to no avail.

She goes on to tell about the person he used to be. He was an outstanding student in high school. He excelled in sports. A handsome and popular boy.

Now he can't keep a job. He has five children he can't support. His wife gave up and left a while back.

She talks of her dark nightmares: that someone will find him dead in an alley or empty lot.

She stumbled across TLC while surfing for help. When she found the site she had a glimmer of hope. Maybe this program was the answer.

And I let her know that if he wants to change we're here for him. That's what we do. We're willing to help if he's willing to help himself.

Willing. That was what everyone of us became before we walked into the light of recovery.

I tell her that if he simply becomes willing there's hope for him.

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