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.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Being Unwilling

A client is made to pack her belongings and leave the program yesterday because she’s exhibited a chronic pattern of poor behavior.

Among other things, she refused to get out of bed for group. She had a constant bad attitude. She'd relapsed a day earlier and tried to take some of the women with her.

Then when she returned from detox after her relapse, she refused to move to a more restrictive part of the program – a consequence given her by her house managers and the treatment team.

It’s always difficult to discharge a client. For one thing, their families have invested in their recovery with emotional and financial support. And the other part is that it’s our job to help them get clean – not discharge them.

But when a client refuses to participate in the process even a little bit – then we haven’t any alternative.  They need to keep trying it their way.

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