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.

Friday, February 8, 2013

An Epiphany

The other day I came to an eye-opening realization while talking to a mother who’d dropped off her son at our Macdonald Street location.

While expressing concern for her son’s welfare, she remarked, “Well, I hope this house is cleaner than the TLC in Casa Grande. There are a lot of drugs in that one.”

At first I didn’t think I’d heard her correctly. So I asked her to repeat herself, which she did.

When I replied that we had no houses in Casa Grande, she apologized, saying that she’d mixed our program up with another one – that sometimes she uses “TLC” to describe any halfway house.

But the epiphany that came over me is that we’ve been in the major metropolitan areas of Arizona for so long that the acronym “TLC” has become a generic word for halfway houses for many people.

While on one hand this is a testimony to our hard work helping addicts, on the other our reputation sometimes suffers when people mistakenly think that some poorly-run operations belong to us.

All of our 36 plus houses and apartment complexes are operated the same. We regularly perform random drug and breathalyzer tests and searches. We have a structure that includes 12-step meetings, anger management classes, Big Book studies, community service and work requirements.

All of our facilities and kitchens meet the licensing requirements of the communities or jurisdictions in which they operate. We also operate TLC Outpatient Treatment Clinic, which offers every counseling service permitted under that license – a copy of which is posted on our website.

We welcome anyone who's curious about our operations to drop by for a visit.  We'll happily show them around and answer any questions.