Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 900-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 30th 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, August 11, 2012

Miracles Happen


A man who’d been with TLC for a few years received a certificate this week commending him for service to the program.

His success is an illustration of how TLC – coupled with 12-step meeting attendance - can sometimes work miracles.

At one point this man was on many different medications and seemingly so unstable that many believed it was only a matter of time before he’d revert to his old behavior and return to prison.

Instead, he sat through hours of counseling and did volunteer work, gradually becoming a competent and sober contributor to the community.

Even though we’re a non-medical peer-counseling program we provide an environment where those on medications can adapt to living sober when they're properly motivated. 

As this client persevered and worked the program he eventually graduated to a management position, a job he held until he graduated this week.