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, August 24, 2012

Another Day at TLC


An angry client came to the office this evening and reported that another client, purportedly gay, had sat down beside him on his bed and felt his crotch.

Even though we doubted the client's story about being groped, we always treat reports like this with the utmost seriousness. We know we have liability in these kind of situations if we don't investigate.

However, when we pursued this man's allegation we began to have doubts. When we asked him to report the incident to the police, he said he had a brother who was a lieutenant on the Sheriff's Department.- who was stationed in Afghanistan. We told him to call the police anyway and when he did he spoke something that sounded like Russian into the telephone. When our manager asked for the number of the person he had called, he said the matter was "taken care of." And he refused to give our manager the number.

At that point our manager realized the client had mental challenges. He then asked if he was on any medications, which the man denied. At that point the client was told to find another recovery program because we didn't think we could help him based on his allegations and lack of cooperation.

We could probably publish a fairly thick book about the humorous and interesting clients that come through our doors. And this client’s story would probably be included.