Q&A with CEO of Recovery T’s n’ Things, Peter Werth


Peter Werth was born in South LA, and raised in a poor area of El Monte. My dad was a WW2 POW and when he came to America he carried back a lot of turmoil with him.  Soon after arriving in the states he joined the US army and became a sharp shooter in Korea where he proudly served his 4 year term. Honorably discharged with colors, the LAPD  recruited him to be a highly ranked DEA cop.

Mix that with alcohol and a wife who was also a closet alcoholic and I was raised in a very “colorful” and violent home. My drinking career started when I was a very young which began my slide into being a full-blown alcoholic with all its incumbent struggles and consequences. I had run-ins with the local police, truancies and everything else that comes with being a teenage alcoholic. I was exposed to AA at age 14 when a judge sent me to six meetings for buying beer at a 7/11 with a fake ID. Little did I know that was the first of many more face to face scoldings and nudges from the judge!!! Finally, after numerous talkings to and probationary times I was finally locked up in juvenile detention for 60 days. 40 years later, repeated tries in AA, several stints in jail while building a successful pool company and acquiring money, property and “prestige” the walls finally closed in. I was the one who would not follow this simple program that countless men and woman had walked. I did not thoroughly follow the path. I  warmed my feet by the fire stuck my toe in a little bit; I was the king of half measures. When I could no longer stand what I’d become, the AA message hit me like a thunder bolt. Maybe those AA people really have something there, maybe I do want what they have, maybe there is something to those 12-steps on the walls.

Then I fully conceded to my innermost self that I am an alcoholic and cannot manage my own life.  I came to believe that a Power Greater than myself could take away my insane thinking and behavior. I needed to have little bit of willingness to follow directions and turn my will and my life over to the care of God. I started to believe that the promises could come true for me just as it did for countless others.  I pulled my toe out of the shallow end, gave myself to this simple program; I was ‘BEYOND HUMAN AID”.

That’s when I decided to start Recovery T’s N’ Things to help less fortunate suffering people of all races, creeds, colors, sects and denomination and show them “ precisely” how to recover from the disease of alcoholism.  The ideas and gifts  that have been so divinely offered to me by God’s Grace are used at Recovery T’s N’ Things as a way to give back to the AA community with proceeds that are  from the generous purchases of our products.  


Q. If you are in recovery, what was your Drug of Choice? and when did you stop using?
A. Alcohol/Cocaine 4/28/17

Q. Do you think addiction is an illness, disease, a choice or a wicked twist of fate.
A. Illness 

Q. Do you log on to ZOOM 12-step meetings? How often? Do you share?
A. Several times a week. Yes, I share 

Q. Have you added anything to your Tool-kit to help keep you sober during the pandemic?
A. Increase my constant consciousness with God. Became more willing to participate in Zoom meetings. 

Q. Where did you grow up?
A. Los Angeles 

Q. From what school or teacher did you learn the most?
A. AA sponsor 

Q. If you had an extra million dollars, which charity would you donate it to?
A. Homes for homeless and mentally challenged vets of addiction 

Q. Do you have any children?
A. Yes 

Q. Have you started any new projects because of the quarantine?
A. Writing / Journaling 

Q. If you ever retire would you prefer to live by the ocean, lake, river, mountaintop or penthouse?
A. River / Mountains 

Q. What is your biggest or littlest pet peeve?
A. People that do not follow through, who are constantly late. 

Q. Who has had the biggest influence on you throughout your life?
A. My Sponsor 

Q. What books are you reading now?
A. Big Book, James Patterson novel.

Q. What book(s) have you read more than once?
A. Same 

Q. What is your FAVORITE APP?
A. Zoom 

Q. Are you bingeing on any TV series? If so which ones.?
A. The Last Kingdom second time!!

Q. Which film have you watched the most?
A. Goodfellas 

Q. What/Who is your FAVORITE Band/composer/musical artist?
A. Elton John,  John Denver, not really sure.

Q. What is your FAVORITE Restaurant?
A. My house. 

Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
A. I’m not in charge. 

Q. What is the best piece of advice YOU’VE given?
A. You’re not in charge. 

Q. What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
A. Drinking /Drugging

Q. What is your biggest regret?
A. Not taking Program seriously when I was younger. 

Q. Have you ever been arrested and if so, for what?
A. Yes, lotsa times.

Q. What is the proudest moment in your life?
A. When my son got recruited to our dream college.

Q. Do you believe in God or a Higher Power?
A. Yes