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est. 2006






12 steps

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

Life Skills

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

Sober fun

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.  

Pillars of Program


  • 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.






On our way to living happy, joyous, and free


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.

Our Program

  • 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.


Program Goals




Why Tucson

Tucson, Arizona

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

Vibrant culture

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

"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."

in balance transitional living


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.

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