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, January 22, 2013

Personal Responsibllity

In an anonymous response to yesterday’s blog, a former resident wrote, in part

 “…(prior to my arrival) I was told that TLC was a safe and sober place to be and I was relieved. Today’s blog reflects to me an element of risk for even a short time. But then when I look back that element was probably there then too. I just didn’t search it out.”

The blog he referred to - published yesterday - is about a former client who came 2000 miles to get into recovery but kept doing the same thing - which was drug seeking and getting high.  He was ultimately discharged.

However, the writer’s comment makes a good point: if we want to get high we’re going to do so, regardless of the circumstances.

At TLC we have no magic formula. The only difference between our program and many others is that we are founded and operated by recovering addicts. This can be troubling to those who come here with the idea we'll act as surrogate parents. When they discover we’re not going to play that game they get angry and go elsewhere – usually bad-mouthing us all the way.

At TLC we expect everyone to work. We require random drug screens. Everyone attends meetings. It’s about nothing but recovery and personal responsibility. 

We're not concerned about anyone's past.  Our job is to help them live sober today - something we can never do without their active participation.