What Are We?
In Balance Living is a transition program for young men who have successfully completed primary treatment and need or desire additional support in order to maintain their sobriety while learning how to take on the challenges of becoming a sober, happy and independent adult.
In Balance Living is located in a residential neighborhood in central Tucson, Arizona. It is five minutes from the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. It is a unique, private complex containing a number of small homes that open into a central courtyard and can house up to twenty residents. It simulates independent living while still being on the same grounds as the staff house and the sober peers.
In Balance Living addresses the need for a "next step" for graduates of primary treatment programs who wish to apply their newly learned sobriety skills in real life, independent living but still want a safety net to help them through the difficult challenges of early sobriety and living in the real world. If a young man graduates a program on a Wednesday and returns home – what will they be doing Friday night? If the answer is “I don’t know” there is a huge risk in that because young people are innately social beings and will not stay lonely and bored for long before the temptation to check back into their former social life takes over. Many young people believe that in order to remain sober one must give up the most enjoyable things in their life. Our mission is to show them that they can still have a full, busy, enjoyable, social and happy life while maintaining their sobriety and recovery. We will assist them in gaining skills on how to meet other people their age that do not use or abuse substances. These skills will be transferable to wherever they decide to go following treatment; to college, home or Tucson. The first six to twelve months, post-discharge from primary treatment, are a critical time for young people that will often determine the long term sustainability of their recovery. Research has shown that individuals facing the challenges of recovery who complete extended care programs have lower rates of relapse and criminal behavior, and higher rates of employment and success in college. Dr. Kevin McCaulley M.D. has studied and written about the importance of the extended care model of treatment. "It provides the best way to maximize the client’s chances of achieving long term sobriety. The first year of recovery is all about risk management." In Balance Living offers every opportunity for young men to decrease their risk of relapse and increase their ability to grow in sobriety and live an independent, happy, healthy life.
We are truly excited to offer this opportunity to young men ages 17.5 - 25. In Balance Living is a thriving and nurturing community with a strong 12-step component, continuous clinical treatment, sober fun, and opportunities for academic and vocational success.