Addict Finds Hope on a Surfboard; Read How a Young Addict Recovers While at a Long Term Drug Rehab

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Back 2 Basics is one of the nation's best long term addiction treatments for young adults while implementing a new perspective on how to treat young college students suffering from addiction.

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Long Term Drug Rehab for Young Adults, Offering a New Perspective

Drug and alcohol treatment centers have been addressing the needs of young addicts at an alarming rate. Statistics and science have proven that nothing is more effective than long term drug rehabs for young adults. Back 2 Basics treats young drug addiction in men by encouraging going to college while having a wilderness experience. Back 2 Basics has implemented a new way of treating young drug addicts. Back 2 Basics' new form of treatment included traveling abroad. The following story is just one of the life changing events that Back 2 Basics provided.

When David headed to Mexico last month with a handful of fellow Back 2 Basics residents and staff, he’d been out of the country only once before, at age 10—on a week long family vacation to a resort in the Caribbean.

This trip would be much different. David would live among locals, eat local fare, and spend three hours each day in Spanish language classes. He would wear himself out trying to paddle past the breakers, get pummeled by the current, endure sunburn and hit his pillow each night utterly fatigued.

And it was all by design.

The Back 2 Basics model is both therapeutic and experiential. But its founders also believe that in addition to just getting sober, residents must be introduced to a full and active sober life in order to succeed.

As a case in point, the Spanish Immersion Program focuses on sobriety, but also emphasizes cultural exposure and community service in other parts of the world.

Joined by Roy Duprez, CEO & Founder of Back 2 Basics, David and several other residents participated in Spanish lessons, performed community service at a local orphanage and took surfing lessons—even as they doubled attendance at the local support group meetings. For all of the residents, the trip was a chance to explore the world outside of alcohol and drug addiction. For David, Mexico was a turning point.

“One of the reasons they wanted me to go was to get out of my shell, start interacting more,” he said of the staffers who invited him on the trip. “The first two months I was here I was thinking about leaving, sort of fighting the process. In Mexico I realized, ‘I’m going to be here at least six months. If I go with the flow, it will go a lot faster.’”

And the surfing made sobriety infinitely more appealing.

“I thought that when I got sober, the fast-paced lifestyle would disappear,” he said. “It’s kind of a reminder that you can have a ton of fun, still get these naturally high feelings in sobriety.”

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