ABOUT BACK2BASICS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE THERAPY
From a tree-lined street in Flagstaff, Ariz., at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, Back2Basics offers long-term, adventure- and fitness-based residential treatment for young men aged 18 to 30 who are struggling with addiction. The center is among the 32 percent of rehabs in Arizona that offer dedicated programming for young adults, and among the 46.6 percent that have tailored treatments for men.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The program lasts six months, positioning the center among the 19.6 percent of rehabs in Arizona that offer residential programming lasting longer than 30 days. There is also an option to enroll into Beyond the Basics, an additional six-month program that helps clients transition from treatment into daily life.
Treatment combines 12-step programming with an array of wilderness, exercise, and adventure activities designed to help clients develop life skills and personal and group accountability. Residents take regular hiking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding, and surfing trips to help them develop their self-concept and self-worth; develop as community members; build strong male friendships; and foster healing of the mind, body, and spirit. There's also an emphasis on exercise: residents can work out at the local gym, take yoga, Qigong, and/or Kung Fu classes.
The therapeutic component of treatment takes the form of individual and group counseling, plus daily 12-step participation. And once a month, families are invited to participate in a three-day family weekend, which includes family counseling.
Back2Basics also prepares clients for life after treatment through life skills classes, including a culinary program and budgeting sessions, as well as career counseling (which is offered at 53.1 percent of Arizona rehabs) and the opportunity to attend the local community college, find volunteer work, or embark in an apprenticeship.
The team includes a master of education and other staff educated to bachelor's degree level. Some staff are in recovery themselves.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents live in one of several family-style homes, each of which has a full kitchen and a common area with a TV. Exercise and leisure activities are a major focus of treatment at Back2Basics, with multiple opportunities per week to go to the gym, do yoga, Qigong, or another sport, or participate in activity therapy.
Rehabs.com hasn't yet received any feedback from Back2Basics' staff, alumni, or their family members, but secondary sites do yield some feedback, and it's overwhelmingly positive: the center has a near-perfect 4.9 out of five-star average rating based on 43 reviews on Google.
Reviewers repeatedly praised the center's caring staff, long-term commitment, and all-male focus, and wrote of how enriching they found the focus on outdoors pursuits. "This gave me another chance at having a happy and healthy life. The beautiful places I was fortunate enough to explore with the outdoor program felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity that taught me how to appreciate life and the outdoors again," James wrote in a representative comment.
Back2Basics currently has more mixed feedback from staff, with a 3.5 out of five-star average rating based on four reviews on Glassdoor. Though the reviewers repeatedly stressed the quality of the program and its efficacy in helping clients, they also complained of overwork, which could lead to burnout and thus negatively affect client care. "Pros: Excellent program that actually helps people who suffer from moderate to severe addiction problems. Cons: Employees are often over worked and rarely compensated fairly," one anonymous former employee wrote in a representative comment.
Back2Basics describes itself as a "private-pay" facility, though insurance is also accepted. The center is not affiliated with a particular financial loans company, but can help clients and their families access such loans when necessary.
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