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.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Outpatient Update

TLC Outpatient Treatment Clinic is receiving more and more referrals from hospitals and treatment facilities. And we are grateful for this early success only 21 months after opening this latest addition to TLC’s services.

A little over a year ago we only had a handful of clients. In fact, we had more staff members than we did clients in the early days.

Today we have between 35 and 40 clients and 18 support staff and counselors to provide services to them. That’s a ratio of about one staff member for every two clients.

We believe a contributing factor in our success is that we offer a holistic program. We give

-weekly one-on-one sessions
- daily group sessions
-art therapy
-yoga
-massage
-fitness center
-facials
-gardening
-weekend field trips and entertainment
-employment assistance
-long term housing.

Our counselors who have worked at high volume treatment programs love the idea that they can continue to have the same clients on their caseloads for months at a time.

And probably one of the greatest testimonials to our program is that many clients are reluctant to leave when it’s time for them to graduate.

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