Recovery Academy Program Overview

Burning Tree West is a sober living community that offers young adults a place to work on the skills they need to be successful in life and recovery. Often young adults who are addicted to alcohol and drugs have not developed the skills needed to meet the demands and challenges of life. They also have underlying mental health issues that need continued treatment. On top of this, these young adults are trying to stay sober. We have three houses where you can grow and learn. Our goal is for you to live a life of excellence beyond sobriety.

Life Skills House

This House offers our highest level of care.

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Advanced Skills House

This House offers academic and employment support.

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Sober Skills House

This House offers our sober living environment.

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This Program is For You If:

  • You need additional support, structure and accountability to stay sober after residential treatment.
  • You need additional therapy to work on a mental health condition and substance use disorder at the same time.
  • You need help developing skills needed to live life successfully, like budgeting, self-care, nutrition, academic skills and skills to help you get a job.
  • You are a young adult, 18 to 30, who needs a place to continue to practice and develop tools for recovery.
  • Someone who has had multiple unsuccessful in traditional short-term treatment.

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Burning Tree West Program Offerings

Download our Program Overview sheet to learn about our Sober Living Program. Our Program has three Houses. Each House offers a different level of care designed to fit you or your loved one.


Why Do We Focus on Life Skills Development?

Instruction on Life Skills

Life skills development is something that is missing in much for the treatment industry. When a young adult who has struggled with addiction comes out of treatment, they might have started learning the sober skills needed to stay recovered. However, many young adults do not have the skills needed to live a successful life.

Some of these skills include budgeting, nutrition, self-care skills and academic and career skills. We have found when these skills are lacking, it can be difficult for a young adults to live life to their fullest potential. Lacking these skills can also become a roadblock to sobriety.

Our goal is to teach our residents the skills that will help them prepare for a life of excellence.

How Sophisticated is Your Clinical Approach?

Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

Many people who suffer from substance use disorder also suffer from mental illness or other mental health conditions. Things like trauma, anxiety, bipolar, depression and others are often intertwined with addiction. They are so intertwined it takes time and expertise to unravel the two.

While focusing on substance use disorder, our residents also have the option to focus on mental health and identify the things blocking progress to a sober life. Our sophisticated clinical team is trained in DBT, Mindfulness in Recovery, EMDR, and Family Programming.

Residents in our Life Skills House participate in one-on-one therapy sessions and weekly psychiatric services. These services are optional in our Advanced Skills House and Sober Skills House.

Clinical Services

How Do You Treat Substance Use Disorder?

More Recovery and More Freedom

We believe in the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The program and the steps have gotten millions of people sober across the world. The steps — if worked as they should be out of the book — have the ability to transform how you respond to life. Burning Tree West residents are required to go to meetings, work the steps with their sponsor and participate in service commitments. Our clinical program complements the steps. With both components working together, residents are able to find deeper healing.

Dr. Dunatov was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, and from an early age had passion and dream of pursuing a career in medicine. He attended the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree in Physiology, and completed his medical education at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE and Phoenix, AZ. During that time, he found a passion for working with individuals with mental health needs, deciding to pursue a career in psychiatry. Dr. Dunatov completed his adult psychiatry residency training at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI, and went on to complete fellowship training in addiction psychiatry. One of the biggest draws to psychiatry is the ability to sit with patients, hear their stories, and offer help in addressing mental health needs that will have impacts in all facets of their lives. His passion for addiction medicine is driven by understanding addiction as a complex biological and psychosocial process, and helping patients find freedom in recovery. When not at work, Dr. Dunatov enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. Travel photography and golf are two of his biggest passions outside of medicine.

Dr. Dunatov, Medical Director

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