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.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


As Thanksgiving week is upon us we find many reasons to be grateful. And just what are we thankful for?

There are, of course, the obvious things: our loved ones, our health, our jobs.

But those of us in recovery know that these blessings are only a part of the picture.

Those of us who have worked our way out of our self-induced hell are thankful on a deeper level.

Because now we no longer live in dread. We no longer have a black cloud of doom hanging over us.

We don't have to lie to our families about what we did with money. We don't have to explain the strange people with whom we associate. We don't disappear for long periods of time.

Now our friends and families welcome us into their homes. They no longer have to make excuses for us.

We're rejoining the human race and for that we're thankful.

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