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.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Bring Motivation

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.