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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

30 Percent Veterans

There was an article in yesterday's Arizona Republic. Much of it focused upon the homeless.

Included was mention about how many are addicts or substance abusers who also were in the military - around 30%.

At TLC we have a similar situation: we have a population that includes about 30% homeless veterans. Many of them do quite well in our program because we monitor them for drug and alcohol use. Since they are used to tight structure they don't object to how closely we monitor them - and their behavior.

We allow any homeless person - except for sex offenders - to enter our program without money. They only pay $110 a week when they get their benefit checks or else find a job.

The Federal and State governments periodically issue statements about how they have no funds to house veterans and other kinds of addicts.

Just remember this number: 480-833-0143. Whoever answers the phone will explain how we

help the homeless. We feed them. We provide housing. We help them get work if they're capable.

If it involves helping a fellow addict change his or her life - we're here for them. And it doesn't cost the taxpayer or the government a penny.