Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 28th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he often disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Two Way Mirrors?

Yesterday a former client sent an e-mail accusing our staff of videotaping him while he was using the bathroom. He claimed the camera was installed behind a two-way mirror. He also made other bizarre claims. One was that he was owed $130,000 by TLC because he had part ownership of our Sunnyslope property due to an inheritance. He also said that while in the program he was fed sandwiches that contained peanut butter mixed with feces. He closed the e-mail by saying that he was writing this message while traveling on the “Oregon trail." 

After researching our records I suggested in a return e-mail that he contact a lawyer about the $130,000 he claimed we owed him. And I asked that in the meantime he send us money he still owed the program. Our records show he left without graduating or giving notice - and owed TLC $1500.

Even though this e-mail had its elements of humor, for the safety of our staff  we always pay attention when we receive bizarre e-mails or other threats. In the case of this delusional former client it sounded like he was either on drugs or that perhaps hadn't been taking his psychiatric medication. 

Whatever the case, we wish him well. And we’re paying attention.