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 experience due to the large amount of students, a large Greek life and little recovery presence. That has changed drastically. The University of Arizona has been very receptive to recovery. They have been able to start two 12 step meetings on campus that can 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.

Academic Services

The University of Arizona: 

The University of Arizona is only 1.0 mile away from the Transitional Living campus. The prestigious school describes itself as "The University of Arizona (UA) is a place without limits-where teaching, research, service and innovation merge to improve lives in Arizona and beyond. We aren't afraid to ask big questions, and find even better answers. Since it was founded, the UA has grown to cover more than 380 acres in central Tucson, a rich breeding ground for discovery. Where else in the world can you find an astronomical observatory mirror lab under a football stadium? An entire ecosystem under a glass dome? Visit our campus, just once, and you'll quickly understand why the UA is a university unlike any other.
Here, "Bear Down" is more than just a motto.
Before UA student body president and revered football quarterback John "Button" Salmon died in 1926, his last words to his teammates were "Tell them ... tell them to bear down." Whether it's academics, athletics or research, we've adopted the stance that when the going gets tough, the tough #BearDown.
Our curiosity knows no bounds. As a leading-edge public research university, we're inspired to explore humanity's most fundamental questions - about science, medicine, the arts and business. Our faculty includes members of esteemed national academies, Pulitzer Prize winners, White House Champions of Change and celebrated thought leaders in numerous disciplines. We are leading projects that will change how we see the world, such as the OSIRIS-REx mission, which will scoop samples from a near-Earth asteroid in 2020.
Our graduates are workforce-ready. At the UA, 100 percent of our undergraduates will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom in the real-world, through internships, community service, on-campus jobs and research opportunities. Our mission is to graduate students who are sought after by the best employers and postgraduate programs, and who are ready to embark on engaging, fulfilling careers. Equipped with skills, knowledge, experience and the entrepreneurial spirit they gain at the UA, our students become highly skilled members of society who lead with determination, innovate without limits and create companies that generate more jobs, benefitting our state, our nation and the world, in boundless ways. Our alumni include astronauts and actors; Grammy, Tony, Emmy and Oscar winners; media stars; Olympic athletes; Fortune 500 CEOs; public servants; Nobel scientists; inventors and best-selling authors.
Bigger Questions. Better Answers. Bear Down."
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Pima Community College: 

Pima Community College is a well-known junior college that is located just over 2 miles away from Transitional Living Campus and describes itself as "Pima Community College is a two-year college serving the greater Tucson metropolitan area at six locations throughout Pima County. Founded in 1966, Pima's credit courses award certificates and associate's degrees in a variety of fields. PCC also provides workforce development, career training programs, continuing education, and adult education.
Pima is committed to providing convenient, affordable, and accessible high quality education with the power to transform the lives of our students, and improve our community.
The mission of Pima Community College is to develop our community through learning. This mission, along with our vision and values, provide the framework for College activities. Pima's history shows a firm commitment to making a difference in our community."
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Tucson Racquet Club: 

Within 3 miles of the Transitional Living campus the Racquet Club provides the young men with a great fitness center at their disposal. Not only is the membership included in tuition, the gym is also open 24 hours! The club describes itself as "The Racquet & Fitness Club has been a Tucson family tradition since 1967. We are open 24 hours a day. Included on our 20 acres by the river are: 33 lighted tennis courts, 11 indoor racquetball/handball courts, aerobics/yoga and exercise classes throughout the day, two 75′ junior Olympic heated pools, basketball & volleyball courts, running/walking track, fully equipped weight room, cardiovascular machines, 2 Jacuzzis, steam room and sauna.

The club also features a restaurant with indoor/outdoor dining – morning, noon and night. The public is welcome! We have a fully stocked pro shop, massage therapists, nutrition experts, and personal training professionals."
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Things to Do in Tucson: 

"Tucson inspires a sense of freedom among all who visit. Freedom of thought and expression. Freedom to discover and explore. And the freedom to be yourself.
Tucson is calling you, the free thinker and the free at heart, to explore without boundaries. Our natural landscape draws visitors outdoors where there is plenty of room to roam. A bit off the beaten path, Tucson’s unique attractions and accommodations beckon you to discover and explore and our arts and culture scene make Tucson a place that’s authentic and comfortable. Savor the unapologetic passion for food that inspires Tucson’s cuisine, or come as you are and experience our vibrant nightlife. An oasis from the unoriginal and pretentious, Tucson is a place that you want to be. Let Tucson inspire the free spirit in you."-www.visittucson.org
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Alcoholics Anonymous  

What is A.A.?

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

What are the 12 Steps?

A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.

Narcotics Anonymous

What is N.A.?

Narcotics Anonymous is a twelve-step program, gratefully adapted from the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. NA was formed in the summer of 1953 by a group of addicts who broadened the perspective of those Twelve Steps. NA believes that our addiction is all-inclusive--it doesn’t matter what drug or specific substance we used. Since then, NA has helped a great many addicts learn to live clean lives on a daily basis.