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.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Same Boat

"We may have all come in different ships, but we’re in the same boat now."  Martin Luther King Jr.

The saying above, of course, is from the civil rights era. But it easily applies to those of us in recovery.

In the 12-step programs we meet people from all walks of life.

I've met ex-convicts. Doctors. Homeless people. City councilmen. Real estate executives. Panhandlers. Rocket scientists. The rich. The poor. The educated. And the mentally challenged. Together in one room.

And the great leveler for the diverse people among us is that we're powerless. We're in the rooms together because we share the common challenge of trying to stay clean and sober.

And the brilliance of the Founders is evident in how we are able to assist one another to move from desperation to the safe haven of recovery.

We recognize that we're all in the same boat - and on the same journey.

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