Founded in 2007 in Tucson, Arizona by Patrick and Betsy Barrasso, In Balance Transitional Living provides transitional care and safe housing for young men between the ages of 17 ½ and 24. The accompanying In Balance supervised sober living program was established in 2009 and allows clients more freedom and less structure, while they continue to work on their recovery. The organization also operates two other programs, including In Balance Intensive Outpatient and In Balance Ranch Academy, which cater to adolescent males between the ages of 14 and 17.
Accommodations and Amenities
In Balance Transitional Living is a small complex composed of four resident houses, a staff and community house and a gated driveway. The complex accommodates 20 clients who are housed in groups of five per house. Each fully furnished house has a modern-style living room with a fireplace, a dining room with a large table, a fully equipped kitchen and full-sized bathrooms with double sinks. Clients are housed in double or triple occupancy rooms. The complex has a private courtyard with a pond, a small garden, gas fire pit and basketball court.
In Balance Transitional Living works on a three-phase system, with staff providing life skills coaching. Food is provided. During the first phase, clients are taught grocery shopping and money budgeting. During this time, staff cooks for clients. As they progress through the program, residents learn to cook for themselves. Staff is on hand to provide nutritional counseling and meal planning support.
In Balance Transitional Living also operates two sober living homes, which are a step down from the transitional living facility. Each residence has six clients who are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. The 30-day cost for sober living is $1,000.
Rules and Regulations
At In Balance Transitional Living, the Positive Peer Culture modality is utilized. Youth are encouraged to care and look out for each other. The belief is that self-empowerment is the key to successful recovery, as opposed to blind obedience. In Balance Transitional Living requires a six-month length of stay. Prior to admission, clients must have completed 30 days of primary care.
Residents undergo three phases, with the each phase lasting approximately ninety days. Besides learning basic life skills, during the first phase, clients are allowed re-integration back into society. Use of cell phones, computers and social media is allowed. Requirements include attendance at 90 meetings in 90 days, five-day family visits and a 21-week participation in Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at the In Balance Counseling facility. IOP is included in the cost.
Weekly IOP includes two group sessions and one individual session. The IOP utilizes an evidence-based modality, specifically CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and traditional psychotherapy. Group topics include relapse prevention, 12-step work, family dynamics and substance abuse education.
During phase two, clients are allowed more freedom. Requirements include attending school or working and maintaining a recovery protocol. Dating, owning a vehicle and other privileges are allowed. Week long home visits are also permitted. During the third phase, clients re-integrate back into society. They’re provided assistance and support in apartment hunting and pursuing academic and career goals.
Staff includes a Bachelor’s-level recreation counselor, Master’s-level primary counselor, who is trained to provide dual diagnosis support, a Bachelor’s-level primary counselor, nine life coaches/peer facilitators, a Bachelor’s-level assistant operations manager, and a Master’s-level therapist/program director.
In Balance provides clients a membership to a nearby 24-hour fitness center.
Residents participate in annual 12-step retreats at the Fellowship of the Spirit Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado.
In Balance Transitional Living is a unique program that helps young men regain self-esteem while they work on staying clean and sober. The emphasis on learning necessary tools is a great feature designed to help clients build new and healthy lives. This is a great program for young men who are struggling with substance abuse and finding their place in the adult world.
In Balance Transitional Living
6107 East Grant St
Tucson, AZ 85712
In Balance Transitional Living Cost: $6,900 (30 days). Reach In Balance Transitional Living by phone at (520) 722-9631, (877) 304-3329 or by email. Find In Balance Transitional Living at Facebook, Google+ and YouTube
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