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 17, 2013

The Miracle Happened

A client who’d been with us nearly a year graduated this week.

And within a few days he'll have his GED and start college. He's moving back home with his family and beginning a new life.

He has a rosy future. But it wasn't always this way.

When he first arrived last year he was a pissed off twenty something who had no clue about how to live or how to stay clean.

When he first arrived he didn't like anything or anybody. He didn't want to be here. He was looking for cigarettes and someone to complain too. And that was about it.

In fact, we were surprised when he was still around three days later.

But along the way something clicked. We started hearing less and less about his bad behavior in staff meetings – always a sign that a client is doing something different..

He began showing up for counseling sessions on time. He joined the fitness center. He started supporting other clients who were facing issues.

Eventually he seemed to get it. He became an example of perseverance for others because he didn’t run away when things got tough.

We wish him – and his loving family - all the best as he begins his new life.