Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 900-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 30th 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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

First Hard Six Grad 18 Years Sober

The first graduate of the Hard Six program spoke at the Roosevelt house last night  – celebrating 18 years of sobriety.

This man's success story is miraculous. When he came to TLC he had hair to his waist. He'd been homeless off and on over the years. His previous address was a local cornfield. He was a sucked up angry meth addict. No one wanted to be around him. And he didn't want anyone around.

But he hung in there. After being at TLC a while, he became a house manager, a job he did for several years.

Before closing, he described his life now.  Wife and child. New truck. Responsible job.  And when he left work today they said they'd see him in the morning.  Used to be that people would tell him to not return.  He doesn't miss any meals.

The real bottom line message to the 20+ members of the program: if a man with his resume could stay sober so could they.