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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Today a client – who hasn't had a year sober since age ten - is celebrating his one year anniversary of living drug and alcohol free.

He tells of coming into TLC and being told that if he completed a year he wouldn't believe what his life would look like at the end.

Today he’s a manager at TLC, he’s a college student, and he’s evidence that anyone can get sober if they make a decision.

His history is one of walking prison yards for drug-related crimes, of inhabiting crack houses and the mean streets of the drug world in pursuit of his addictions.

Even though he’s been sober a year his path hasn't been easy. He had difficulty with paying for school, but persevered with the help of kindly college administrators.

He has the challenge of doing homework while juggling his responsibilities as a TLC manager.

However, he’s never run away and he’s an example of  what happens when a client perseveres in their recovery.

Happy birthday and many more...