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Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Recovery

2700 Woodlands Village Blvd Suite 300, Flagstaff, Arizona, 86001
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Back2Basics offers an alternative approach to traditional 30-day substance abuse treatment programs. Studies have shown that the longer an alcoholic or addict stays in residential treatment, the greater the odds for life-long sobriety. Back2Basics provides clients with a six-month inpatient experience designed to expose individuals to real life activities while undergoing treatment. Located in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona, the residential rehab also offers an outdoor adventure program designed to build valuable life skills, boost self-esteem, and show clients that a sober lifestyle can be rewarding and fun.

Facility Highlights

  • Surfing
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking


  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
  • Holistic Therapy

    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • John Valvo, LISAC
    John Valvo, LISACClinical Director
    John Valvo established a solo private practice in Flagstaff, AZ in 1990 became a pioneer for substance abuse counseling. From 1995 to 2000, he was a full partner in Flagstaff Child & Family Counseling. Presently he his associated with Adult Child and Teen Counseling Service a highly respected small practice treating broad range of mental health issues. John is state licensed both as a Professional Counselor and as an Independent Substance Abuse Counselor. John is also national certified by NAADAC as a Master Addictions Counselor since 1996. John’s therapeutic experience includes both short term strategic and longer term counseling of individuals, couples and families. In addition to his substance abuse specialization he has an extensive background working with adolescent issues, personal adjustment, mood disorders, dual diagnosis clients and relational issues. These critical areas of competence along with extensive experience with CISD situations have brought contract relationships with a broad range of EAP, managed care and insurance companies.
  • Roy J. DuPrez, MEd
    Roy J. DuPrez, MEdCEO and Founder
    Throughout his academic and professional career, Roy J. DuPrez, MEd has worked with a multitude of young adults and at risk youth. He has done an extensive amount of work with community organizations, such as Americorps, The Indigo Movement Inc., Weed and Seed Community Development and The Guidance Center Adolescent Unit. Roy co-founded and developed various community programs, including The Indigo Movement Inc. and Juntos Podemos, which focus on life skills and personal development, community cultural awareness as well as drug abuse prevention and alcohol abuse prevention and rehabilitation. Roy’s professional career has taken him through the classroom, the outdoors, jails, juvenile, adult drug and alcohol treatment centers, and founder and operator for Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures. He has been blessed to live in Flagstaff for over to 20 years – as an NAU graduate, professional, husband, and father.

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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.


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.


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.[1]

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.[2] 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.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Back2Basics-Reviews-E711248.htm

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