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, June 19, 2013

Visit from God

Clients often leave TLC owing money for unpaid service fees. And once in a while one will return to pay what they owe. Not often, but once in a while.

And today was one of those rare occasions when a client returned to pay off his back balance. To make amends for leaving without paying what he owed. And this client left TLC over 12 years ago..

When I asked what made him want to repay us, he explained. He'd been to prison a few times since 2001 and ended up losing his professional license. Then he had a spiritual awakening - a visit from God - the last time he was in jail. That profound experience inspired him to change.

He said one of the first things he decided to do was make amends to everyone he'd harmed. No matter how far back he had to go. He claimed to have a half-inch thick list of people that he needed to repay before things would be right again..

Some of our staff were amazed that he'd returned after so long. But the old-timers – those with wisdom about recovery – recognize that he's made a decision that will help him stay sober from now on.

We wish him well on his path to a new life.