Arizona Drug Rehab Transition Residents Balance School and Sobriety

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Residents in transition at the Back2Basics long-term sober living program juggle school and early sobriety.

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With six months of sobriety under their belts, Back2Basics Sober Living residents JP Y., Joe V. and Ryan L. balance school and the program.

Most young males who come to Back2Basics suffer from drug and/or alcohol addiction, and have either never pursued higher education or never graduated. Residents usually takes courses at Coconino Community College or Northern Arizona University.

The six-month intensive treatment – a combination of wilderness therapy, traditional counseling, and life-skill building exercises – helps drug addicts get clean and maintain a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle.

“I haven’t been to school in six or seven years,” said JP Y., a current transition resident with 11 months sober. “Once I did, it was a lot easier than I remembered. Maybe next fall, I’ll take a couple more classes to do something positive for my future.”

Once residents graduate from the six-month program, they are allowed, but not required to stay for another up to six months of transition where they can go to school, work, become mentors to incoming residents, and apply for positions within Back2Basics.

“Since January 2014, 100 percent of our residents have stayed on for transition,” said Roy DuPrez, founder and CEO of Back2Basics. “B2B is a safe environment that allows our alumni to ease into every day activities that others without an addiction may not have issues with, like work, school and running errands.”

New challenges arose in transition for JP Y. such as working in an environment that serves alcohol. “Work is toughest because I work in a restaurant,” he said. “It took a while for [my coworkers] to figure out that I live a different lifestyle.”

In transition, Joe V. has found a passion for photography and filming while out on Back2Basics outdoor adventures trips. He’s created two marketing videos that have been Tweeted out by the company.

Ryan L. hopes to continue in the family business post-transition. “I was hoping to just get a week sober when I got here,” he said. “Getting to know my family again, and having real conversations with them has been what I’m most proud of accomplishing in my sobriety.”

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