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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Psychic Hotline?

A client who relapsed seems surprised when a manager's predictions come true.

Because when he left and started drinking the manager told him what would happen.

"You're going to lose your job, your car, and probably get a DUI. Maybe go back to prison." There were other predictions also. But those were the main ones.

And sure enough, before long the former client lost his job. Was sleeping in his car. Got a DUI. The prison part will have to wait until he goes to court. But that's the likely outcome considering the client's history.

Some think we have psychic powers when our predictions are so on target. But it's really a no-brainer when it comes to relapse.

There are only so many things that can happen. And they all involve loss. And the loss is always in primary areas of our lives: relationships. Jobs. Health. Freedom.

So, it's safe to make these kinds of predictions.

Still, it's okay for clients to think we have psychic powers. Maybe they'll pay more attention.