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 25, 2016


Sometimes things take shape in families almost by accident. Then from there they grow into a tradition.

That happened in our family. Almost 20 years ago my oldest daughter and her husband and my grandchildren met us in San Diego for a week's get together at the beach.. My youngest daughter and I drove from Arizona to meet them. We all stayed in one three bedroom condo.

And it was so much fun that we decided to do it the next year. And it kept growing from there. And now we've been doing it since the 90s.

It seemed like no time at all before more family members got sober and joined in. Soon children were growing up and getting married, having children. We went from one condo and seven people to this year - at one point - there were 19 of us in three condos.  And we've already reserved four for next year.

It's become a tradition that has brought the family closer, And, a few years back we added a three day trip to Las Vegas.

Each year we get five rooms for three days at the Embassy Suites. We arrive the day after Christmas and spend three days - returning home in time for New Year's.

I think it's nice to give gifts to the family. But memories last much longer.