Transitional Program for Long-Term Recovery

Make a Successful Transition to an Addiction Free Life with Burning Tree West


Transitional Program that Helps Young Adults Achieve  Long-Term Recovery

  • Find structure, accountability, and a community for continued support.
  • Have a place designed to continue to treat your addiction or alcoholism after you leave treatment.
  • Continue to treat your mental health with our outpatient services designed for you.
  • Remember, alcoholism and addiction are chronic diseases. If they are left untreated their symptoms return. Burning Tree West helps you transition back into society with continued treatment for addiction and alcoholism.

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Transitions Don’t Have to Be So Rough

Transitioning to adult life is no simple feat for any young adult.

For those dealing with addiction, this transition is significantly more difficult.

The goal of our transition program is to successfully launch troubled young adults into adulthood. We want to give them a fair chance at setting themselves up for success like any other young adult.

While each transitional experience is different from one young adult to the next, the ultimate goal should always be the same.

Bear in mind that your young adult will have to complete the recommended period of rehabilitation, before transitioning to this type of program. From there, they will carry over the principles of the 12-step recovery process into the transition program. Burning Tree West’s young adult transition program includes two key phases.


Sober Living Solutions: Burning Tree West Flower in front of sober living buildingThe Benefits of Young Adult Transition Programs

This type of program equips your young adult with all the necessary skills they need in order to get the best start in life. Just some of the benefits of a young adult transition program include:

  • Continued treatment for alcoholism and addiction
  • Improved time management skills
  • Knowledge on how to create and stick to a financial budget
  • Experience in meal planning and preparation
  • Skills in household management
  • Improved financial literacy and understanding
  • Skills and qualifications to help them secure employment
  • Experience in living with others and sharing space
  • Improved communication skills, including how to resolve conflict like an adult
  • Improved self-care practices

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What to Expect During Phase One

This phase concentrates on living by the principals of the 12-step recovery program. In other words, phase one encourages them to learn, speak, and incorporate these principles into their everyday practices.

Phase one includes key components in the curriculum such as academic support, group and individual therapy, and life skills. It also covers time management skills and coaching on their work ethic.

Ultimately, phase one aims to build a solid foundation that supports a sober, successful, and healthy life that stands by the principals of 12-step recovery.

Students are immersed in the foundation of sobriety using a 12-step recovery process. They will begin working with a qualified sponsor selected for them by our staff. 12-Step immersion allows students to learn, speak, and incorporate the language and principles of recovery.

Phase One Focus

Phase 1 – A structured program designed to develop a foundation to support a healthy, successful, sober life rooted in 12-step principles.

Recovery – Students begin to learn, speak, and incorporate 12-step principles working through the steps immediately with a qualified sponsor selected by staff. Daily meeting attendance is required. This phase has high accountability and a structured environment that allows the students to practice 12-step principles in a safe and sober community. Completion of Phase 1 requires 90 days drug and alcohol-free.

Academics – Students are eligible to start an online class during Phase 1. Academic time is included in the daily schedule. Students work with the Education Coordinator to enroll, access tutoring, and complete their classes successfully. High school classes and college preparation are also available online.

Family Communication – Families receive regular updates on their student’s progress as well as coaching on developing and maintaining a new relationship with their loved one. Al-Anon is recommended and encouraged.

Family Workshop – There will be one workshop held during Phase 1. This workshop gives the family an opportunity to get to know the staff and philosophies of Burning Tree West. We partner with the families to help them establish boundaries with their loved ones during the recovery process.

Life Skills – Daily work ethic, accountability, personal hygiene, food preparation, time management, and problem-solving skills are developed through the experience of their daily activities.

What to Expect During Phase Two 

Phase two focuses on real-world employment training, skill acquisition, money management, and meeting educational goals. 

During phase two, your young adult is coached on the following: 

  • Submitting adequate college applications
  • How to select the right course for their skillset 
  • How to communicate with peers and professors 

During this phase, young adults are expected to take a maximum of 12 college credits, each semester. They are offered in-depth support and monitoring to ensure they achieve and maintain a successful GPA. 

Financial acumen is another important aspect of this phase. There’s also resume coaching, job application coaching, and how to pursue their career goals. 

Throughout phase two, young adults are still encouraged to apply the 12-step principles of recovery. They will continue to work with their sponsor and attend group and individual therapy sessions.

This phase also includes family workshops where family members are able to attend counseling sessions. This helps families come to terms with the issues they have faced and reconcile relationships. 

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Phase Two Focus

Burning Tree West provides long-term treatment solutions to alcoholism, drug addiction and substance abuse that combine the fundamentals of the 12-step program with individual coaching designed to meet the needs of each resident.

Recovery – Students continue working the steps with their sponsor, and attend weekly group therapy. Required activities include five 12-step meetings off campus, home group participation, and a service commitment. Students are supported in applying the 12-step principles in their daily lives.

Education/Work – Students are encouraged to take 12 credit hours and maintain a GPA of 2.75 while attending the University of Arizona or Pima Community College. If students are not enrolled full-time in college courses they may work full-time and attend school part-time. BTW staff will assist the students through the process of getting familiar with the school environment, assessment testing, class selection, registration, study skills, time management, and tutoring. The Education Coordinator collects the syllabi and secures quarterly evaluations directly from professors. Through the assistance of the Burning Tree West program, our students average above a 3.0 GPA. Students are coached on writing resumes, pursuing careers, and acquiring employment.

Accountability – All students submit weekly activity schedules listing school, 12-step meetings, work, and social time. They are required to attend three community meetings, and two in-house meetings per week. The students will face life skill challenges of budgeting, time management, household duties, academic success, and maintaining healthy social relationships with the support from the BTW coaching staff.

Family Workshops – There will be a second workshop held during Phase 2. This workshop focuses on specific issues faced by individual families.

Find Transitional Living and Support For Your Young Adult 

At Burning Tree West, we offer young adult transition programs to help your young adult achieve a fair start in life. If you’re looking for an experienced, supportive, and knowledgeable team to guide your young adult from recovery to the real world, we are here to help.

Call admissions to learn more about our extended care and support programs and how it can set you up for real success.


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