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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Time to Leave

A former resident who moved out several months back called to give me an update on his life.

He was struggling to get by. He hadn't relapsed yet, but also didn't attend as many meetings as he had at TLC.

Expenses of living on his own were something he hadn't calculated. Utilities, rent and deposits, car insurance and gas were eating up his paycheck.

All he really paid attention to before leaving was the $15 an hour he was earning. While living with us and paying $110 a week that seemed like a lot of money. But now that he was having to pay for his own food and living expenses he found himself running short. He had little disposable income.

And one intangible he hadn't figured on at all was that he had a lot of moral and emotional support while with TLC. In fact he said that was what he missed the most.

We counsel those who leave that these are some of the many factors to consider before going on their own.

While part of our name is transitional there's a time to do it right.

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