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Taking a Comprehensive Approach to Living

People who demonstrate a sense of well-being possess nine essential characteristics: balance, resilience, contentment, goal setting, flexibility, self-confidence, support, gratitude and connection. Back2Basics views addiction as a whole-person crisis, building those characteristics into every aspect of the experience to strengthen the well-being and enhance the overall sense of self of every resident.

This whole-person approach of addressing the mind and body as one is purposefully embedded in the fibers and the fabric of each day, because we are acutely aware that the effects reach well beyond our front door.

The daily residential schedule provides a holistic approach to recovery to rehabilitate the addicted brain. This schedule begins with an early rise, getting the body acclimated to waking consistently and efficiently every day, followed by time in the gym, supporting physical stimulation and strength, and nutritional recovery, building a healthy body and fueling the mind. This method provides a consistent pattern for both mind and body: work followed by nourishment.

In fact, Back2Basics views food, its preparation and consumption, as an opportunity to teach independence, cooperation and interaction with others on the road to well-being. Back2Basics understands that nourishing the body is a powerful recovery tool and emphasizes this with culinary classes that teach these young men how to choose the right foods, understand their nutritional content and prepare meals on their own.

All meals are followed by another essential part of the Back2Basic program: clean-up. This is a basic skill lost in addiction. The program sets high expectations when it comes to residents keeping their bodies and environment clean: learning to maintain an orderly and clean living space.

In addition, residents are tasked with scheduling time for a job that benefits the living environment of the group as a whole and given instructions and support to ensure they are able to complete the task properly. This may seem insignificant to some, but I assure you, as a method of recovery, it is not. Through the successful completion of everyday tasks that contribute to the greater good of the group, the residents reap the emotional and psychological rewards of building identity, connectedness and trust, as well as an overall confidence they can contribute successfully in the outside world.

Beyond learning simple life skills, Back2Basics creates opportunities for higher education, apprenticeships or internships and service activities as volunteers – activities that create a renewed sense of self and accomplishment. A primary focus of the program is to help the residents develop a growth mindset, because learning, critical thinking and decision-making inspire a renewed sense of self. It is about strengthening the resilience of these young men so they can overcome setbacks and increase their competence in handling whatever may come their way without the need for substances.

Back2Basics is able to accomplish this because it is a small, close-knit organization of professional staff members who know and understand one another. They are confident in each other’s skills, knowledge and experience and that level of connectedness among the staff lends itself to a connectedness among our residents and their ability to provide meaningful guidance to these young men searching for effective treatment.

Back2Basics is unique; it is the intangibles that make our residential treatment facilities feel like home. FBN

Roy J. DuPrez M.Ed., is the founder of Back2Basics.

Back2Basics is an adventure recovery program, up to six-months, for young adult males, from 18-30, with substance abuse issues looking for a positive and meaningful life. In our program, clients are exposed to a weekly combination of both wilderness adventures and residential programming.

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