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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

First Anniversary

December of 2011 a few of us got together during a Christmas celebration and discussed starting an outpatient treatment program – a conversation that resulted in an action plan.

Consequently, March 15 of 2012 we opened the doors, state license on the wall. Things progressed slowly. It was months before we had half a dozen clients. Even though it was slow we believed in the potential.

By last Friday - our one-year anniversary - we had over 30 clients. More than half live at TLC in our halfway house facilities.

Because we’re growing rapidly we last week hired five more people, two nurses on a part-time basis and three support staff to take care of the day-to-day logistics of meeting client needs.

In the past month we added weekend field trips, a weekend massage therapist, and a therapy gardening program to help round out our regular extracurricular calendar.

Our success in the first year has inspired us to think about where we’re going in the next few years.  We have several ideas for going to the next level – including seeking a license for inpatient treatment.

Stay tuned.