young and recovered

At Burning Tree West our passion is working with young adults and supporting them in taking their recovery to the next level. We see the endless potential in each one of our clients and work with them to see the opportunity that awaits them. Our goal is to not only meet clients where they’re at, but where they dream to be…

The Difference Between Abstinence and Recovery

When beginning the journey of sobriety as a young adult, abstaining from substances is often one of the first successful challenges completed, but then what? In most cases, substance use disorder requires long-term action, beyond just abstinence, and that’s where the power of recovery kicks in. Recovery allows young adults to heal and begin to create a life for themselves beyond what they have envisioned.

Finding Meaning and Purpose

Young adults in recovery have a world of opportunity ahead of them, a true chance to set goals and begin achieving them. Whether this is beginning college for the first time, continuing education, or taking a non-traditional route, the main goal is to find your purpose and begin taking action.

The Importance of Life Skills

The never-ending debate of “why should I make my bed in the morning?” will continue, however, the value in it for young adults is that they are able to begin their day with a positive accomplishment, which can influence the productivity of one’s entire day. Life skills are not only helpful to complete day-to-day tasks, but they instill healthy habits. There are certain life skills that seem more important such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, etc. However, it’s the smaller ones that can make the biggest impact on one’s recovery such as the practice of being on time and working as a group to accomplish tasks, these are skills that will be used continuously throughout life and recovery.


Find your community and lean in! Getting to connect with a group of peers is essential in recovery. With community, one is gifted accountability and support to help with any obstacles that may arise. Take the opportunity of connection to be of service to others.

Conquering Fears

Re-enrolling in school, making amends, preparing to walk into a job interview are all opportunities that can bring us fear. Whether it’s because of being placed on academic probation previously or being rejected/fired from the last job it is important to keep moving forward with meaning and with the community you have built to support you. Conquering fear allows for continuous and immense growth.

Alexis Spalla
Burning Tree Admissions Specialist