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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Having a bad Day?

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But, if you don't have time, I'll summarize it for you.

A divorced couple in Ohio had a 35 year old son who had been using heroin for about 15 years.

The son lived with the father, who had revived him after he found him overdosed a few weeks earlier.

He said that reviving the son was one of the worst experiences of his life. He said he'd almost felt better if he'd have found the son dead.

A few weeks later the son asked to borrow his dad's car. When he refused, he took it anyway. When he came back he explained that he'd only taken it to buy a soda. The dad knew better. The next morning he found the son dead of an overdose.

But the story gets worse. Eleven hours later the grief-stricken mother swallowed an overdose of Valium. She left a note that said that heroin had now taken two lives. Her body was found lying on a pillow and blanket near a headstone in a cemetery behind her home, .

For us addicts these are the endings that may await us if we can’t stay with our recovery. Too many of us thought we were invulnerable while we were using.

But for many of us this could have been our story.