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, June 22, 2015

41 Years!

Yesterday at a 12 step meeting I heard a great grandfather with 41 years sober share his story.

He had his last drink half a lifetime ago. Most of those in the room weren't born when he quit drinking.

Yet all of them listened to his story with focused attention.

He's an example of why the 12 step programs work so well. Even though he's been sober so long he cares enough about others to keep returning. To take the time to explain how recovery has worked in his life.  

And the message he heard when he came in, back in the day, is the same one newcomers hear today.

And that message is to go to meetings, clean house, and help others with their recovery. In other words carry the message, which is something he's been doing for over 40 years.

It was a privilege to hear him speak.