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.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Congratulations Tiffany and John

Yesterday was a wonderful event - two of our long-term residents joined hands in matrimony.

The beauty of it was that it wasn't a spur of the moment idea. It had been planned since the middle of last year. Many residents worked on the project, decorating the hall, planning the menu, and acting as ushers and providing the music. The event was indistinguishable from any similar occasion. With one exception: No alcohol was served or allowed on the premises.

It was a suitable exception for an event that was hosted and put together by a group of recovering addicts and alcoholics.

As I watched the event unfold I had a brief fantasy of how the gathering would have turned out had the participants been living the lives they once did before becoming part of TLC's extended family.

Congratulations Tiffany and John!