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.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Help Wanted


One of our biggest challenges at TLC is to find managers. When we find one we take care of him - or her. They are a treasure. We make sure they get time off once in a while. We try to give them a sense of job security.

But because we don't offer our managers a lot financially, it's difficult to recruit new ones. Those we do have stay with us because sobriety is their priority . Many have been with us a long time because when they lived on their own it was difficult for them to stay clean and sober. Their goal is to stay alive and enjoy life.

So a while back when we found a bright fellow who was full of enthusiasm and wanted to be a manager we started training him. He was a fast learner. He had a lot of energy and showed up to work on time. He seemed honest and had a good manner of dealing with the clients. It seemed a perfect fit.

But then this week someone noticed he was driving a new car, which he parked in front of the office each day. When questioned, he said it was his mother’s – that she was letting him use it because he was in recovery. It seemed a reasonable story, which later proved to be untrue.

As it turns out, he stole not only the car, but also the owner's purse and credit cards – which he used to fill the car with fuel.  

And now he’s in jail.  And we have a job opening.