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.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

His Son is Back

"When I sent my son to TLC he was broken,” said the man on the phone. “When I flew him back home he was whole again.”

Today his son’s clean and sober. He’s attending school. Lives at a halfway house so he can be among recovering people. Goes to AA twice a week. And has a job.

The father’s voice was full of emotion because his son was addicted to heroin and headed down a dark path of destruction.

And, of course, we're gratified when we get these kinds of messages from parents. It validates our program and what we do.

This man’s son did well while he was with us. He attended groups and pretty much followed the guidelines. He did what was expected of him during his stay.

But it’s hard to predict what a client will do after they leave the program. While they may be compliant while they’re with us the real test is what occurs once they’re out in the real world.

In this man’s case it looks like he took what he learned here back home with him.

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