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, July 28, 2013

Coming Back?

Sometimes it's easy to get an idea of who’s going to relapse and who'll stay sober.

This came up the other day with a client who'd returned to TLC owing a $600 balance from his previous stay. This time though, he showed up before he lost his job. He professed a serious desire to get clean. That when he got his first check he would clear up as much of his back balance as he could. And because we help addicts rebuild their lives we gave him another chance.

Instead, when he got his paycheck, around $800, he came to the office and said he wasn’t going to pay us. So he burned TLC for a second time..

Our prediction is that his dishonest behavior will lead him again back to the insanity of drugs and alcohol.

He'll keep burning people, ripping them off until he runs out of options. Perhaps in a while, he'll end up homeless.  And that's when he'll turn to us again.

And quite likely we’ll help. And he’ll be a client in the Hard Six program. Sometimes it takes a few minutes for us to reach the bottom.