Arizona Long Term Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program ‘Springs’ Into Action

Current projects for Back2Basics drug rehab residents include building a sustainable chicken coop from scratch and Wilderness First Responder certification.

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Back2Basics rehab residents build a chicken coop onsite.

Back2Basics residents work together to dig a trench and build fencing for coop.

They were proud of how they worked together, and how quickly they completed the project.

Flagstaff, AZ (PRWEB) May 02, 2014

For the first time, current Back2Basics long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation residents built a sustainable chicken coop from scratch using purchased and existing materials at Back2Basics. Residents are also training for Wilderness First Responder certification.

Residents picked a location, clear the area, build a trench, and then convert an existing dog house into a den explained Residential Program Director, Francisco Rendon.

“The residents talked about the strategy and executed it very efficiently. They were proud of how they worked together, and how quickly they completed the project,” said Rendon.

Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures is a niche drug and alcohol rehabilitation program geared toward young male addicts that encompasses various forms of life-skill building such as wilderness therapy -- intensive hiking, camping, kayaking, Kung Fu, surfing -- as well as specialized counseling, community service and collegiate courses at Northern Arizona University or Coconino Community College.

Residents are also training for Wilderness First Responder certification – an 11-day series of classes that addresses emergency medical response specifically for an outdoor environment more compromising that a suburban setting.

After training, Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures residents must pass a comprehensive test to obtain a two-year certification as a Wilderness First Responder.

“We offer a bi-annual class to selected residents,” said Back2Basics founder and CEO, Roy DuPrez. “Qualification for selection is based on interest, but is also a therapeutic challenge for our more introverted residents at B2B.”

The benefits of WFR certification go beyond the program, and include potential employment opportunities in wilderness therapy and other action-sports realms.

Previous residents have taken on internships in the outdoor adventure field at Back2Basics.