Back2Basics Drug Rehab Facility Now Includes Higher Education Classes in Program

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Through the recent incorporation of higher education courses at Northern Arizona University, the Back2Basics long-term sober living program pushes addicts to come out of addiction and go back into the classroom.

Lucas Smith on a B2B outdoor adventure

Lucas Smith on a B2B outdoor adventure

I’ve definitely come a long way physically and mentally since I stopped using heroin. It’s all thanks to this program and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Twenty-one year-old and Bay Area native, Lucas Smith* is in his fourth month of recovery at Back2Basics, and attending college courses – one Spanish conversation course and one Philosophy course at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Back2Basics long term sober living recently implemented higher education courses into the program to hone residents' life skills, and keep them feeling confident when assimilating back into the real world.

Smith had been through three, 30-day drug rehab facilities prior to coming to B2B. Even prior to his attendance as a Political Science major at San Diego State University, he fell victim to the powers of heroin.Through his course work and dedication to the 12 Steps, Smith is beginning to understand the benefits of living a sober lifestyle.

The conversational Spanish class, in particular, has resonated with Smith. “Both are interesting. I’ve taken six years of Spanish growing up in California, so I find it easy and entertaining speaking another language,” said Smith.

Back2Basics is built on the concept that those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction must follow the 12 Steps of Recovery, in addition to re-learning life skills. Some of the other life-skill building at Back2Basics includes nutrition classes, the Outdoor Adventure Program and volunteer opportunities.

“Before getting to Back2Basics, I didn’t like camping at all. Now the outdoors is something that I have learned to enjoy. We have gone on some pretty cool hikes, anywhere from five to 20 miles per day. At first [this] was really hard to do, but now that I am in good shape it’s gotten easier,” said Smith.

With exposure to various activities, these young men struggling with alcohol and drug addiction can learn about the benefits to not only becoming a better individual, but also a better citizen and community member.

“I know I can transfer into NAU with my San Diego State credits, so I might do that next semester. I definitely understand the value of a Bachelor’s degree and plan on getting one,” said Smith.

While many rehab facilities and recovery programs work, they don’t foster the fundamentals. “Back2Basics provides a residential rehabilitation center in the Flagstaff, Arizona community and addresses addiction recovery by allowing participants to engage in real life, safe and sober activities, in order to learn to live life sober,” Back2Basics website.

“I’ve definitely come a long way physically and mentally since I stopped using heroin. It’s all thanks to this program and Alcoholics Anonymous,” said Smith.

To have a first-hand look into the Outdoor Adventure program at Back2Basics Sober Living visit the B2BSoberLiving YouTube channel.

*Name has been changed to keep confidentially of the resident to keep agreement with Alcoholics Anonymous and Back2Basics Sober Living programs.


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