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.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Eight Years!

An addict who’s been with TLC off and on since the mid-nineties celebrated eight years of sobriety Saturday, March 9.

His story inspires those who were raised by addicts and alcoholics and who never had a chance while growing up.

This man left home, barely in his teens, peddling his bicycle away from his mother’s funeral after her untimely death from her addiction.

He burned through his teen years, drinking and shooting meth on the streets of Phoenix - until he landed on TLC’s doorstep. The program didn't work for a while. He was in and out repeatedly. But after his last intake he looked in the mirror and recognized his problem.

He’s been at TLC since, first as client, now as a supervisor in TLC’s business operations. He’s responsible for the labor group and several other operations. A man who once wasn't trustworthy is now trusted with everything – in particular the responsibility of helping newcomers find the path to recovery.

Today he has the important blessings of a new baby with the woman he’s about to marry, serenity, a network of loving friends, a home in suburbia, employment – some of the blessings we're offered in the Promises.

Happy anniversary!