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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Remembering Bill W

This month in 2009 we lost an employee named Bill, who succumbed to our disease after living sober at TLC for some 17 years.

He started working for us at the original Robson house, helping out in the office. He had few skills, but taught himself to repair computers and do some basic accounting. Eventually he became our resident bookkeeper and computer go-to person.

Bill suffered from several mental disorders which weren’t obvious as long as he took his psych meds and had them changed every six months or so. We’d know it was time for him to get a new prescription when we’d go into his office and find him in tears.

We once learned how serious his mental issues were when he attempted to get an appointment with his psychiatrist, but was told there was nothing available for six months.

However - after reviewing his chart - the receptionist called back and told him that in his case they could see him that afternoon.

There are several of us old-timers who worked with Bill over the years and remember his contributions to TLC.

We still miss him.

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