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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


It is with sadness that we note the passing of Bob Berthelson, who had been at TLC for a little over five years.

Bob, who died of cancer at 79, had many friends at TLC. He lived in one of the Roosevelt properties in Phoenix.

Residents are holding a memorial ceremony at the Roosevelt house tomorrow evening.

Bob, known as "O.G." or "Old Gangster," considered TLC his family.

Godspeed, Bob. We'll miss you.