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, January 25, 2016

Carrying the Message

A young woman who's been sober a few years shares her story at a 12-step meeting.

She talks of the insanity in her household as she grew up. About how her parents fought. About the dysfunction she grew up in.

She said she didn't want to be like them. But found that she liked the effects of drinking so much that she took it up herself. And she lived with alcohol for a few years until she saw where it was taking her.

She talked of how different her life is now that she's sober. She's able to draw boundaries with her family. She knows she can't help them; but she can make choices about how to live her own life.

Many in the audience were in her generation, twenty-somethings. And one could see by the looks on their faces that her message was resonating with them.

And that's what the program’s about. One alcoholic carrying the message to the next. Helping them understand that there is hope if one follows the steps the way they're outlined.

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