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.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Late Night Text

In the middle of the night one of our managers receives a text. The message reads, "I'm dying."

It's from a former resident who relapsed a while back and disappeared off the radar. No one's heard from him in a while.

Our manager calls in the morning but it went to voice mail. So he leaves a message - offering help.

And he wonders if the man did die.  Or if he's simply recovering from a hangover. Because now, a few days later, he still hasn't heard from him.

That's the way it goes in the recovery business. It's pretty black and white. Addicts and alcoholics are either in recovery or they're not.  

But when they relapse we try to help them back into the program.

In this man's case we're waiting to hear from him. If he calls we'll go find him and bring him back.

We hope to hear from him.  We’ve buried far too many people this year.

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