The Back to Basics Recovery Program has been in use at the Westcenter Treatment Facility in Tucson, AZ for the past eighteen months. At Westcenter, about one fourth of the clients participate in the One Day Back to Basics Program during their 5-7 day day stay in Primary Care, and the One Month Back to Basics Program as part of their aftercare. The results have been so encouraging that Westcenter has asked for additionl One Day Back to Basics sessions so that additional clients can be exposed to this dynamic recovery process.
One Day Back to Basics Program
Many treatment facilities have been forced to adjust to a 5-7 day Primary Care schedule. The One Monthy Back to Basics Program was modified so that it could be presented in one day during this initial phase of treatment. An Example of the One Day Back To Basics Program follows:
After taking the Twelve Steps in one day during the Primary Care phase of treatment, the clients are encouraged to take the Steps again during the weekly Back to Basics Beginners' Meetings. At this time, there are two Back to Basics Beginners' Meetings in Tucson, one on Wednesday night and one on Thursday night. At these Alcoholics Anonymous meetings the attendees take all Twelve Steps in the course of a month.
In the Woodlands, TX, the local Back to Basics Group has restarted the Beginners' Meeting format that was first introduced by the Nicollet Group in Minneapolis, MN in the mid 1940's. At this Group, which meets every Sunday night, there is one central meeting and four sub meetings in which all four Back to Basics sessions are presented simultaneously. With this format, a newcomer never has to wait to take the Twelve Steps.
Of course, this format requires a great deal of organization. It also requires the commitment of five people every Sunday night to act as meeting leaders. But the results have been so overwhelmingly positive, with so many recoveries, that filling the "slots" has not been a problem. Hopefully, other Groups will grow "in the Fellowship of the Spirit" to where they will also be able to run all four Back to Basics meetings simultaneously.