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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A new Record

Our program broke some kind of a record this week.

And it wasn't a population record, or a record of how many clients graduated. Or stayed sober. And if I gave you all day you probably wouldn't guess. So I won't make you wait.

This week, for the first time, we had two children born to staff members within one week.

One was a boy, the other a girl. The boy's mother has worked for TLC Outpatient clinic for about four years. The girl's father has been with TLC for a little more than eight years, half of that time with the OutPatient Clinic, the other years with different departments within the company.

And the wonderful part of all of this is that neither of these children will ever see their parents dragged out of the house in handcuffs, or selling the families' valuables to purchase drugs.

Instead, these children are being raised in nice homes under the care of sober parents who will be an example for them as they grow up. They will be clothed, well-fed and will attend good schools.  They will be taught good values; especially when it comes to sobriety.

They are blessed to have been born to parents who were able to get sober.