The Program Outdoor Adventure

Through outdoor adventure we build a foundation in:

  • Self-awareness outdoors
  • Community development
  • Bond with nature
  • Connection of mind, body and spirit


Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure is the primary stage of recovery for those admitted to our program. Nature in conjunction with 12-step meetings, gives residents the opportunity for an increased understanding of one’s self-concept and self-worth. As residents progress in the outdoor adventure component at Back2Basics they being to experience, understand and embrace the physical and emotional benefits, and rid themselves of the harmful behaviors caused by drug and alcohol abuse.

The Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Program offers residents an outdoor community in the beautiful scenic atmosphere of Northern Arizona, which is a days drive from Utah, Colorado, California and Mexico.

Throughout the initial phase at Back2Basics residents will participate in a series of hiking and camping adventures at The Grand Canyon, Mogollon Rim, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona and San Francisco Peaks. In addition to these activities, Back2Basics residents will partake in white water river rafting adventures on the Colorado, San Juan, Salt and Verde Rivers. While in the outdoors, sustenance living that emphasizes the essential processes in daily tasks, are taught and practiced. These skills include the gathering wood for meals and heat, daily water procurement and use monitoring, meal planning, and cooking over open fires. Some of our residents have gone on to become Wilderness First Responders to be better equipped on Outdoor Adventure and post Back2Basics.

On the field residents are forced to address the natural elements, which develops team building skills, assists in overcoming fears and gets them physically active. Throughout this passage the residents and Back2Basics staff work together.

Back2Basics believes that the outdoor environment provides guidance, crucial to the development of a balanced, sober individual. Beyond man-made concepts and distractions, nature takes hold of the light inside each resident and guides their adventure into their own personal discovery, and spiritual enlightenment.

Our seasoned and credentialed outdoor professionals offer your son the journey of a lifetime! Meet the Outdoor Adventure staff.

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