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.

Statement of Purpose

In Balance Living is a community of recovery. This community is a partnership between residents, staff, sponsors, mentors, therapists, family members, a healthy peer group and volunteers, and has been formed to fulfill the goals of the program and provide the opportunities for a successful recovery for all of our residents. Our recovery community is a caring and supportive environment, existing to provide an arena for spiritual, emotional, intellectual, financial and physical growth, as well as a nurturing place to strengthen interpersonal skills necessary to lead a successful adult life.

In our shared endeavor, we view each person as a separate and special individual. We uphold the worth and dignity of each individual. The metaphor we often use when explaining our program to young men is “treatment up until now has most likely been like a bus pulling up to your house and everyone that loves and cares about you blindfolding and pushing you onto that bus. You don’t know where you are going or even where you need to go. So you get off at the various stops you are asked to and experience whatever opportunities that stop holds for you. At our program the hope is that now that you have gained some tools, an element of willingness and insight - you climb into the driver’s seat of the bus and everyone that cares about you is sitting in the back seat going where you take them. They may offer guidance at times but ultimately you are driving where you want to go. Each young man will set his goals upon arriving at In Balance Living and we will do our best to facilitate his goals that are healthy and productive. We will strive always to provide relationships based on accountability, honesty, and trust. It is through these relationships that we will assist young men in developing the tools for living life as a sober, contributing member of society.

We desire to assist in the development of young men who are capable of making responsible life decisions; young men who hold deep, real, meaningful, practical and spiritual values; young men who have a strong understanding of the 12-steps and apply them in all of their affairs; young men who can become truly whole human beings; and young men who live a fulfilling life as a person in recovery.