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, December 15, 2013


It was an inspiring sight last Thursday to see more than 100 clients, plus guests, in the courtyard at Roosevelt attending a graduation.

Some 25 certificates of achievement were passed out to those who have 90 or more days in the program. There were a few certificates for men with six months, and nine months.

And one man graduated from the Hard Six program during the ceremony, having completed eighteen months.

Several of the graduates spoke for a moment, after receiving their certificates.

One man talked of not having any clothing when he arrived, other than what he was wearing. He said one of his fellow clients literally gave him the shirt off his back. He said this was the longest he's been clean and sober - and he plans to stay.

Another spoke of learning to follow God's will, rather than his own will.

Others mentioned job success, reuniting with their families, and of learning how to live in the real world after years of addiction.

And the interesting aspect of the graduation is that addicts are helping each other get sober.