Q&A with CEO of Recovery T’s n’ Things, Peter Werth
BEYOND HUMAN AID
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’ Thingsto 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.