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.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Happy Birthday

Yesterday my mother would have been 93 years old , had she not died Christmas Eve 1994.  Even though it's been over 20 years it seems such a short time ago that she was among us.

She never understood addiction, even though she married two alcoholics and suffered for years through my heroin addiction and prison terms.

Regardless, she was a loving and supporting friend who prayed for me to change. She had faith in me.  And those prayers must have worked - based on my life of recovery today. A life that started nearly 26 years ago.

What I learned from her - and always will remember - is the profound impact our disease has upon those around us.  Our pain affects them also.