Why Collegiate Recovery?
In Balance Transitional Living has been open since 2006 and since then, we have had guys working, going to college, and volunteering. Historically, we have shied away from the University of Arizona because it has 50,000 students, a large Greek life and had little recovery. That has changed drastically. The University has been very receptive to recovery. They have allowed us to help them start two 12 step meetings on campus that draw over 60 students each. Additionally, they have pursued and received a grant from the State of Arizona to help support recovery endeavors. Finally, they have started their own recovery group called Wildcats Anonymous (wildcatsanon.arizona.edu).
We now feel comfortable having our guys be integrated into University of Arizona’s college campus. We now feel that young people can be successful in recovery and academics at a major university. This is why we opened In Balance Collegiate Recovery as part of our In Balance Transitional Living program. It will be affiliated with the U of A’s Wildcats Anonymous program and Pima Community College. It will include (2 minutes away) campus housing and an academic advisor that will review the students' syllabi and grades weekly. This academic adviser will also help with college enrollment, help set up one of four subject specific tutors, and be there to help with assignments and executive functioning. The program will have set study hours and study skills workshops as part of our life skills curriculum. The program, in partnership with the U of A, will set up sober tailgates, sober night life activities, and other sober college experiences. No longer must young people in recovery decide between being sober or successful, now they can do both. This program, just like our current Transitional Living program, will have a heavy 12 step emphasis, clinical sophistication, life skills and loads of fun recreational activities. This program will be for 17-25 year old males with substance abuse and other co-occurring disorders that are enrolled in college. It will have the same model, philosophy and staff as In Balance Transitional Living so please review the rest of this website for information on both programs.