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.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Accidental Discharge

Two residents who ended up in neck braces after a TLC van bumped another vehicle were discharged from the program within hours of the "accident."

It might seem inhumane to put purportedly injured men on the streets and under normal circumstances it might be.

But in this case the so-called “accident” was so insignificant the other driver declined to even file a police report because he suffered neither injuries to himself - or damage to his car.

However, when the residents returned to the program they called paramedics, saying they’d suffered whiplash.

Thus the neck braces. And the subsequent discharges.

Our policy about these incidents is simple: if clients are injured or sick we get them immediate medical care. And we have a long list of insurance claims supporting this.

And our policy when clients are dishonest?  When they try to scam our insurance carrier? They’re discharged from the program.