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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A new Addiction

Often the addicts coming into our program have poor self-esteem.  And they're also depressed about their prospects for the future.

Many spent their late teens and early twenties out of school - and without jobs. Maybe they've even done time in jail or prison. Their anxiety about the future is understandable. Without at least a basic education or job skills their feelings are warranted.  And a criminal record makes things worse.

Yet there are those who find their way back to school or into the job market. TLC has many graduates who found jobs while with us ten or more years ago and are still with the same companies today. Several of our graduates own successful small businesses or have gone on to careers in highly technical professions.

I mention this because I read about a recovering heroin addict who's done remarkable things with his life.  He ended up in jail and had many of the other bad experiences that heroin addicts go through.

Yet today he's the head of a 15 million dollar company that he started after he got clean.  For those of you in new recovery click here to see what one addict has done with his life.

His inspiring story gives anyone a reason for hope.

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