One thing we don't provide at TLC is the motivation to change. While we encourage clients to do well and stay sober they must come to us motivated to live a better life. They hopefully have suffered enough from their addictions.
When clients go through the interview process they’ll agree to most anything to be accepted into the program. Then- after a few meals and a couple days of rest - some of them lose their willingness.
Today an out-of-state client was sent to the office to meet with staff because he’d refused to work. When I questioned him he had a list of reasons why he couldn't work. He had a bad back. He had a hernia. He couldn't lift over 15 pounds. He had no experience as a janitor.
When it was pointed that he might have to find someplace else to live if he couldn't support himself he suddenly had an awakening.
Today he still has a place to live and he's doing work that he had initially said he was incapable of doing. Reality sometimes provides motivation.