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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A changed Life

At our monthly staff meeting this weekend a longtime staff member spoke about how his life had changed since he got clean and sober.

He came to our program after completing a prison term. And when he arrived, he had nothing. Only the clothes on his back.

But the one thing he did have was a strong determination to change his life. He was tired of manufacturing and selling methamphetamines. He was tired of being locked up.  Before getting deeply involved in the drug world, he had worked in the construction trades. So he began working for TLC in the construction department and he has done pretty much the same job for the last nine years. At TLC he's the go-to guy when it involves construction or remodeling.

Since he came to TLC he's done more than just stay sober. A few years back he fell in love and got married. Today he has a young child, and the boy is the focus of his life. You can hear the joy in his voice when he speaks about the time he spends with him.

His story is not unique.  We have many staff members who have been with us for years.  And after a while, their lives completely change as they grow in recovery.