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, September 16, 2014

Survival Skills

A man sends an email from somewhere in a northern state. He says he's living next to a dump. He’s been riding a bicycle for a few years. He would like to stop using drugs and being homeless.

Another man wrote recently to say he's been living at a rest stop for a few weeks because his car broke down. He wants to get into TLC so he can stop drinking.

These emails from those who’ve been homeless for years fascinate me. Their stories say a lot about how resourceful and tough addicts can be.

I regularly see people in our area who are mining dumpsters, looking for something of value. Suffering on Arizona’s hot streets. Some ride bicycles towing their belongings on a trailer, a sign that they're homeless.

I find this interesting because it takes a tough person to live outdoors and use their survival skills to get by.

This same toughness can help them stay clean and sober once they make the decision to change. That same energy applied in the right direction could change their whole world.

And when they're ready we're here to help.

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