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.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Visitor from the Past


A client showed up at my office unannounced today, a man who was one of the first 20 people at TLC in early 1992.

After he left he started using again because he failed to apply the lessons he learned while at TLC.  He served a couple of terms in state prison before he had enough pain and decided to apply the lessons he learned while in our program.

Today he's married to woman who's never had problem with drugs or alcohol. Between them they have a blended family of ten children, are church members, and productive members of the small Northern Arizona community where they live.

We often are asked what our success rate is and my answer is always the same: I don't know. However, my intuitive feeling is that while some leave our program and start to use again, many learn something that eventually helps them change.

As did this client from the early days.