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.

Sunday, May 29, 2016


"Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens and response is something we can choose."  Maureen Killoran

We all have met those who let everything upset them .

Someone cut them off in traffic. For the next hour or two they're in a rage.

We get an assignment at work that we don't like and we let it weigh us down . Why me? Why didn't someone else get this crappy assignment? Maybe the boss has it in for me.

Multiple surveys have shown that 75-90% of primary doctor visits are for stress related complaints. That pain in my chest? Is it a heart attack? Maybe I should go to the emergency. That ache in my gut - probably stomach cancer. Need to see the doctor.

Now for us addicts the solution is simple self medication: a drink, a shot of heroin, a bowl of our drug of choice. We know how to get rid of stress; at least for the moment.

There are easy and natural solutions though if we want to take responsability for our stress level. Try any or all of these. Exercise. Meditation. Plenty of sleep. Eat natural foods.

And remember this too shall pass.