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.

Friday, November 29, 2013

A Tangled Web

What a tangled Web we Weave When First We Practice to Deceive.” Sir Walter Scott

A client concocts a scheme because he wants to visit his girlfriend over the holidays.  However, it backfires on him.

As part of the plan he pulls the manager aside and confesses that he smoked methamphetamines earlier in the evening. His hope was that he’d be kicked out of the program for three days – a hiatus he’d be able to spend with his girlfriend.

However, things don’t work out quite the way he’d planned. Instead of being discharged, he was transferred to a detox unit at our Roosevelt property in Phoenix. And while there, he was put to work performing menial chores like sweeping and picking up trash for seven hours a day.

After a few hours, he decides that this wasn’t a part of his plan, so he makes another confession: he’d lied about smoking meth so he’d be able to leave the program for a few days to spend time with his girlfriend. Sure enough, a drug test confirmed that he was indeed clean.

And his motive, of course, for owning up to his lie was an attempt to return to the relative comfort of the treatment housing in Mesa.

However, management didn’t go along with this plan either. The old drug addicts who run the program decided that he must complete his three day penalty at the Phoenix property.

When he found out his latest manipulation attempt didn’t work, he must have become frustrated because he left the program.

Maybe he'll be back?

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