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.

Phase 1 Transitional Living


Transitional Living is a three-six months structured program designed to launch a happy, healthy, successful, sober life based on 12-step principles.

Sobriety – Residents begin working through the 12-steps immediately with a quality sponsor. Sponsors are selected by staff from
local AA membership who meet a standard of excellence in their own
sobriety. Regular urine testing, daily meeting attendance and practical
application of the 12-step principles begin the process.

Family Communication – Parents receive regular updates on their
child’s progress as well as coaching on developing and maintaining a
new relationship with their son or daughter. Al-Anon is recommended and encouraged.

Family Workshops – Two workshops focus on particular issues faced by any family with an alcohol or drug-addicted member, as well as specific issues faced by the individual family. The first workshop’s focus is surrender and the second workshop’s focus is sharing and amends. The entire family has an opportunity to address their behavior and responsibility in their relationship with each other.

Life Skills – Daily work ethic, personal hygiene, food preparation, and problem solving skills are developed experientially through daily activity. Residents start to develop the ability to find solutions to day-to-day problems through action, building self-esteem and confidence for a lifetime.

Burning Tree West is located in an urban setting and provides a variety of experiential life skill opportunities as residents are responsible for maintaining and sustaining their residence. Responsibilities range from establishing budgets for meals, property maintenance and vocational projects to the execution of meal planning and preparation, grocery shopping, landscaping, event planning and community service activities.

Community Service – Residents volunteer with various local organizations such as the Community Food Bank, Tucson Community Gardens and in the 12-step community.

Academics – Residents are responsible for attending a minimum of one on-line class during the first three-six months. High school classes and college preparation are also available on-line.

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Phase 2 Sober U


Sober U is a three-six month finishing school where students experience living in the 12-step principles day-to-day.

Sobriety – Residents continue working the steps with their sponsor and are encouraged to reach out to others. One 12-step meeting per day, home group participation and a service commitment are required. Urine testing continues. Students learn to apply 12-step principles to life’s expected difficulties as they arise.

Education – Residents are required to take 12 credit hours and maintain a GPA of 2.75 while attending either the University of Arizona or Pima Community College or work full-time and attend school part-time. Burning Tree West staff walks the student through the process of getting familiar with the school environment, assessment testing, class selection, and registration.

Accountability – All students submit daily or weekly activity schedules listing school, 12-step meetings, work, and social time. Burning Tree West staff collects all course curriculum and secures quarterly evaluations directly from professors. The life skill challenges of budgeting, time management, household duties, academic success, and healthy social relationships, are faced with coaching from experienced, supportive Sober U. staff.

Phase 3 Independent Living

Residents have an opportunity to become autonomous and self-supporting.

Independent Living is a minimum 3-month commitment followed by the option to remain month-to-month. The program is designed to mimic self-sufficient apartment life, with the benefits of sober friends and supportive staff.
Program Requirements:


  • Abstinence from mood altering chemicals
  • Sponsorship / active involvement with carrying the message as suggested by literature
  • Regular 12-step meeting attendance
  • Continued urine testing
  • Service work
  • Active participation with Sober U and Transitional Living residents


  • Continued pursuit of academic goals.

Responsible Employment

  • Punctuality
  • Money management
  • Effective and assertive communication with employers
  • Balance in all facets of life, sobriety, work, and school.