YOUNG ADULT AFTERCARE COMMUNITY FOR YOUNG MEN 17-28YO WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND
12 step based program, 90 in 90, sponsors, home groups, service positions, local and national conferences
Sophisticated clinical oversight with 5 full time therapists, a clinical supervisor, director of clinical services, individual, group and family therapy
We focus on helping our guys be successful young adults, teaching them money management, study skills, employment skills, investment skills, cooking classes, how to be successful students and how to be independent
We want to show how recovery can and should be fun by incorporating sports, nighttime social activities, recreational activities, trips, brotherhood events and more into our weekly schedule. Recovery should be a program of attraction.
To assist young men in their recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs
To assist young men in continuing to address other behavior and/or disorders that were creating destruction in their lives
To maximize independence and self-sufficiency
To cultivate collaboration skills as these young men prepare for the transition to adulthood as healthy and contributing members of society.
WHAT ARE WE?
In Balance Living is a transitional program for young men who have successfully completed primary treatment and need or desire additional support in order to maintain their sobriety while learning how to take on the challenges of becoming a sober, happy and independent adult.
In Balance Transitional Living has two campuses. The young adult program, for young men who are taking 1 or 2 college classes, working, volunteering, going to high school or interning, is located in a residential neighborhood in central Tucson, Arizona. It is five minutes from the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. It is a unique, private complex containing a number of small homes that open into a central courtyard and can house up to twenty six residents. It simulates independent living while still being on the same grounds as the staff house and the sober peers. The campus has a koi pond, huge grill, large fire pit, meditation area, half basketball court and cool staff house. The young adult collegiate recovery campus is located down the street from the University of Arizona campus and down the road from Pima Community College. This campus is for young men who are taking 3 or more college classes. It is a large estate that has a main house equipped with a chef's kitchen, huge entertainment room, guest house for senior members of the community, large spacious rooms and a completely remodeled building that was built by renowned architect Josias Joesler. This campus gives more of a "fraternity feel", being all housed in one estate.
In Balance Living addresses the need for a "next step" for graduates of primary treatment programs who wish to apply their newly learned sobriety skills in real life, independent living but still want a safety net to help them through the difficult challenges of early sobriety and living in the real world. If a young man graduates a program on a Wednesday and returns home – what will they be doing Friday night? If the answer is “I don’t know” that is a huge risk in that because young people are innately social beings and will not stay lonely and bored for long before the temptation to check back into their former social life takes over. Many young people believe that in order to remain sober one must give up the most enjoyable things in their life. Our mission is to show them that they can still have a full, busy, enjoyable, social and happy life while maintaining their sobriety and recovery. We will assist them in gaining skills on how to meet other people their age that do not use or abuse substances. These skills will be transferable to wherever they decide to go following treatment; to college, home or stay in Tucson. The first six to twelve months, post-discharge from primary treatment, are a critical time for young people that will often determine the long term sustainability of their recovery. Research has shown that individuals facing the challenges of recovery who complete extended care programs have lower rates of relapse and criminal behavior, and higher rates of employment and success in college. Dr. Kevin McCaulley M.D. has studied and written about the importance of the extended care model of treatment. "It provides the best way to maximize the client’s chances of achieving long term sobriety. The first year of recovery is all about risk management." In Balance Living offers every opportunity for young men to decrease their risk of relapse and increase their ability to grow in sobriety and live an independent, happy, healthy life.
We are truly excited to offer this opportunity to young men ages 17.5 - 28. In Balance Living is a thriving and nurturing community with a strong 12-step component, continuous clinical treatment, sober fun, and opportunities for academic and vocational success.
To build, strengthen, and maintain a strong recovery base which will lead to long-term sustainable sobriety.
To teach residents successful strategies in order to help them make informed decisions, work through conflicts instead of avoid them, and to accept the consequences of their actions.
To elevate interpersonal skills and self-esteem so that young people can handle conflict and maintain supportive relationships with family and friends.
To enhance the ability to obtain and maintain employment.
To increase educational levels and academic performance.
To develop necessary life skills for successful, independent living such as money management, goal-setting, time management and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
To enable young people to live on their own and transition successfully into adulthood.
To aid students in balancing their mental, emotional, financial, spiritual and physical well being.
To show young men that by living a sober life of recovery they are not giving up anything; that their lives can and will be full and meaningful.
Mountains on all four sides
University of Arizona-college town
Beautiful weather 9 months out of year
Cool, eclectic downtown
Great music scene
Active outdoor community
Small town feel/big city opportunities
Designed for college-aged population
Young adult job market
Ample educational opportunities
Thriving art scene
Lots of recreational activities
Low cost of living-realistic for young adults
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