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.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Self-Promoting? Yes

A friend asked the other day why I allow readers to comment on this blog. And he asked me that because some comments are abusive - or mostly drivel.

I told him that once in a while I might get a different perspective on what we do at TLC, or how the program is perceived if I allow comments.

For example, a few days ago I received a posting to the effect that I was “self-promoting” about TLC, that I seemed to think TLC is a “Godsend.” And, though the writer was attempting a feeble attack on me or the program, what he/she anonymously said is true.

I’m proud to promote TLC because I believe we help some – not all – change their lives for the better. There are many sober alcoholics and addicts who’ll attest to how we've helped them.

And, the other part is that I realize that some who follow this blog are angry former clients. And they’re usually pissed because they were discharged because of their behavior – either using drugs or failing to pay the $110 a week it costs to live at TLC. However, a not-so-obvious upside is that at least they’re still thinking about recovery – even if it's posting an angry response to a blog.

And perhaps they’ll realize they could have done something different and make an effort to come back for another run at recovery.