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.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Beauty of Commitment

“If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” - Rosalyn Carter

Being a TLC manager takes commitment. Most of those we serve are in early recovery, if they're in recovery at all. Many are angry, and ungrateful. When they come to us they have unresolved issues. Even though they might not be angry at us – we often become the focus of their frustration.

When some addicts get sober and clean they take up residence on the pink cloud. If they've been at TLC a while they think it might be a good idea to become a manager - maybe help addicts as a life mission. They often volunteer at TLC, training to become a manager. And many succeed.

However, some who make the commitment are unable to follow through. Even though they initially thought it a good idea - that changes when reality sets in. The long hours, the low pay, ungrateful clients all wear them down and they crumble.

Those who keep their commitments reap great rewards. They get their lives back. They feel good about themselves to the core of their being. They become the person they dreamed of being.  

What they give to our clients is returned to them many times over.