I found the "TR's" to be a vital part of the program. They are there to teach the addict to "be there comfortably". This may sound mundane to most, but a lot of addicts have been addicted for such a length of time, that they have issue with just being anywhere comfortably without the need of drugs or alcohol. They are incapable of devoting their full attention to a person they are speaking with, they feel the need to say things or act a certain way to take the heat off of themselves, or they find that their mind generally always strays to wanting to go use rather than enjoying the then and now of family time. The TR's further teach a student to respect a speaker enough to hear them out as to consider the other persons feelings and to relinquish their selfishness that has consumed them through their addictions.