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, November 26, 2014

Good News

It was good news today when I talked to a parent whose son was with us a few years back.

While he was with us he was always in some kind of trouble. He relapsed more than once. He didn't like that he had to find a job. Sometimes he was late for curfew. He didn't get along with the others in his room. The food wasn't to his liking it. It was always something.

Finally he relapsed for a third time and we sent him on his way. Some thought his next address might be over in Florence, at the state prison.

And so it was a pleasant surprise to hear that he was doing well. He's been clean for 18 months. He now lives in another state in his own apartment. He has a great job and he doesn't ask her for money - something he did on a regular basis while with us.

She gives a lot of credit to us for what he learned here. And that's nice to hear.

But everyone who comes through gets the same information. In this man's case he decided to put it in action.

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