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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Learning to say No

I heard an update  about a former client who asked his parents to fly him home because TLC's program was "too tough." And against all advice, they sent him a ticket.

Shortly after he returned he met the woman of his dreams. Since they wanted to live together his family put money down on a house for them.

The former client soon started his own business growing marijuana at home. The girlfriend had a steady job. And while she worked he managed his growing distribution operation.

The girlfriend, who wasn’t a drug person, had doubts. But he convinced her he was only going to do it until he had the money to start a legitimate business.

Before long he and his partners were raking it in. But his success attracted attention from law enforcement. And the next thing you know, after the girlfriend went to work one day, the police paid a visit. Now the former client is facing years behind bars.

The moral of the story, at least for the parents reading this, is that if your son or daughter says the program is too tough you ought not pay attention. You might save their freedom – or their lives.

TLC is tough because we've learned the hard way what it takes to change

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