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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Uncommon Things

“The purpose of an organization is to enable common men to do uncommon things.” -Peter Drucker 1909-2005, Author and Business Consultant

When I read the above quote it reminds me of the common people – the addicts - who put together TLC. And how our organization has done uncommon things.

In over 23 years TLC has helped several hundred thousand addicts and alcoholics change their lives. And the uncommon aspect is that it’s all been done by other addicts and alcoholics - and without a penny of support from the government.

In fact, in the case of TLC , in 1997 the City of Mesa attempted legal action against us that would have hampered our ability to do business – or closed us down. However, after a five year legal battle we prevailed in court.

One of the keys to the success of TLC is that we’re about recovery principles, and not about personalities.

Top to bottom, our managers are in recovery and learn that their primary job is to serve other recovering addicts.  Big egos don’t last with us.

It’s been a formula for success that has endured challenges as serious as the 2008 economic downturn and as petty as verbal sniping from so-called competitors.

And we're on track to keep growing - and helping our fellow addicts have the same opportunities we've had.

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