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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

There's Hope

A woman writes about her grown son who's in jail facing drug counts.

He was once law-abiding. Then an accident hooked him on pain medications. From there he morphed into street drugs and a life of crime to support his habit.

After visiting our website she has hopes for his future.

And when I wrote her back I assured her that there’s hope. Because once we have enough pain we try to move away from it. Often when that happens we might find our way to recovery.

In her son's case, the trauma of being in jail and facing legal action could be the catalyst for change.

We have many clients at TLC who have survived situations like her son's. They've spent time locked up. Or they've lost their jobs, their homes, or their health. A variety of bad stuff happened.

But once they got serious about change and walked into the light, things started happening. The family's talking to them again. They find a job. They put on weight; get a glow on their face. They make new friends in recovery.

And their mothers can stop living in fear.

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