Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 28th 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.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Treatment Update

In fewer than 30 days TLC Outpatient Clinic is a year old.

This anniversary is important because we started this venture with no capital, an 1800 square foot office, and a staff of addicts and alcoholics who had faith in our mission of helping recovering substance abusers rebuild their lives.

The first five months were scary. Four staff members worked for nothing. We had one insurance client, a few self-pay clients, and several TLC halfway house residents who were given treatment scholarships. We bled money.

Within eight months, though, we saw daylight and were able to add more services, more beds, and more staff.

Our volunteer consultant, a retired Psychologist, obtained every license available for outpatient services. She’s an ongoing blessing, a key factor in the program's growth. She’s meticulous in administering the records. She's never applied for a license or modification that wasn't granted on the first visit. A tough and good teacher.

Now that the program has over thirty clients we are considering becoming a residential treatment program. We’ll know within 30 days.

A major benefit of the success of the Outpatient Treatment Clinic is the message it gives the 640 addicts who live at TLC right now.

When they hear how addicts have worked together for over 20 years to help others they might become inspired to do something with their own lives.