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.

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Today I return home with gratitude after two days in Portland, five in Seattle.

This time off wouldn't have happened without those who take care of business while we're gone.

Outsiders give me a lot of credit for what goes on at TLC. But I tell them that nothing would occur at TLC without the staff that cares for our 700 clients.

Outsiders look at TLC and see houses and apartments. But they don't see the behind the scenes work that makes things function. The teamwork that helps people into recovery.

Ten percent of those at TLC work for the program. Managers. Assistant managers. Drivers. Cooks. Night security. Labor group. Corporate officers. Data input. Mechanics. Phone solicitors. Store employees. Donations. Maintenance. Construction. Treatment staff. And more.

I'm grateful for this team that allows us to spend time away.

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