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, August 11, 2014

Important Qualities

A day after she arrived at TLC a new client is on the street corner washing cars to raise funds for the house.

The next day she's sent to a telemarketing job on the other side of the valley.

It's boiling hot this time of year in Arizona. She's living in a halfway house with 50 other women. Some living areas only have swamp coolers.

Yet she never complains. In fact, she expresses gratitude because she has the opportunity to work on her recovery. She's willing to help.

No matter the setbacks, she keeps her eyes on recovery. The inconveniences are secondary.

Even though she's been here less than three months, managers are taking a look at her. They think she has management potential.

So why would they think this about someone so new in recovery?

It's because they know the two most important qualities a manager needs. And those are gratitude and dedication to their recovery. And that's what this client has.

We have a lot of educated clients who show up at our doors. They have the credentials to manage. They might understand the mechanics of running a business.

But if they don't also have gratitude and a dedication to recovery it never works.

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