How To Pick A Sponsor

Sponsors and Sober Living Homes in Arizona

Since I have been a sponsor while living in a sober living home in Scottsdale, AZ I have been able to work with many different women of different ages and different backgrounds. What I have found is that it is not so much about the differences I have found in my sponsors, but the similarities in the feelings they felt throughout their journey in recovery. When I first got clean my main concern was whether I related to my sponsor or felt inspired by her story, but later I realized that the sponsor is just the person who guides you through the steps and all the real work is done on your behalf. What my first sponsor always told me was if you’re willing to put the same amount of effort into your recovery as you did into what got you into recovery in the first place then you’ll have no problem staying clean at all.

This has rung true throughout my recovery. I had to not just attend meetings and meet people in the program, but I had to become an active member of the fellowship I was in and really be of service within it as well as take the suggestions of my sponsors. So when my sponsor told me to stay in a sober living home in Arizona, I stayed. When she told me to pick up a service commitment, I did that also. I even began taking meetings into rehabilitation centers and really got to see people right at the point where they are the most willing to pick up a sponsor. When I became a sponsor myself at first I was constantly feeling like I had to make sure these people stayed sober and if they didn’t then I was a bad sponsor, but later I realized that I cannot dwell on helping people keep their sobriety when helping them is more about keeping my own.

So pick up a sponsor and if you’re not sure how to pick up a temporary sponsor and start the step work and as they say in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “you may have come here to scoff, but you may remain to pray.”

The blog post was written by Dani

Men Stick With Men, Women Stick with Women.

Sober Living For Men and Woman

Living in an all-female sober living in Scottsdale has allowed me to not only grow in my recovery but also in my relationships with others. When I first entered the all-female sober living in Arizona I was unable to hold healthy relationships with men or women. You see I feared women and in my spiritually sick mind believes that all women either hated me or wanted something I had. It was through recovery that I was able to acknowledge that women were at the end of the day the people who would ultimately be able to keep me the most accountable. The reason this was a fact was that men were much easier to manipulate into my own self-seeking motives than another woman in recovery. This came as quite a shock at first.

I remember when my sponsor first told me I couldn’t be around men in recovery anymore and needed to reach out to women. At that time I only wanted to be around other sick women, but you know they do say ‘two sickies don’t make a wellie’. The sick women cosigned all my nonsense and allowed me to do all the things I shouldn’t have been doing. At the time this included me gossiping, still telling little “white lies” and doing the bare minimum to get by. Then my sponsor forced me to go to an all-women retreat in Prescott. I had every excuse not to go, but every excuse was countered by a legitimate reason why it was indeed possible. So not only did I go, but that was the weekend that I learned that women were my saving grace in recovery. If it had not been for the woman who was my spiritual guide at that time and forcing me to go I may not be alive today and that makes me so grateful for today.

Written by Dani Maldonado

Guiding You Home

Sober Living Homes in Phoenix and Tucson

When it comes to recovery there are so many stages when one gets to the point where they want their life to change but having a solid sober living house is one of the biggest keys. At Camelback Recovery we are committed to your recovery process and want to support you by providing excellent transitional living homes in Phoenix and Tucson. We have a variety of sober living homes in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tucson.

At Camelback Recovery, we’ve created the Camelback Recovery Integration Process. The Camelback Recovery Integration Process consists of Five Pillars. The Five Pillars are ACCOUNTABILITY, SUPPORT, STRUCTURE, COMMUNITY, and PURPOSE. Those are the five main pillars of our program and that’s what makes us different and what makes our program work.

What does that look like?

  • On-site/live-in house managers to provide support and accountability
  • Technology-Assisted Care
    • Full access to the Camelback Accountability and Support App (C.A.S.A.)
    • GPS tracking
    • Meeting check-ins
    • Personal goal setting/accountability
    • Activity check-off/tracking
    • Recovery resources and meeting lists
    • Daily email reports to support network
    • Accountability and support maintained throughout the day with the house manager
  • Healthy groceries for all meals and snacks
  • Gourmet family-style dinners prepared 5 nights per week (community dinners)
  • Gym membership
  • Professionally decorated homes, which helps to create environments that are conducive to recovery
  • Random drug testing two times per week
  • Random breathalyzer two times per week
  • Comfortable pillow-top mattresses
  • Daily check-ins
  • Weekly house meetings
  • 12-step based
  • Computer and printer for resident use
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Live TV
  • If the client is attending IOP or PHP, weekly resident notes can be sent to the treatment team
  • Additional support services easily available
    • Recovery Coaching
    • Sober Transport
    • Sober Companion
    • Case Management

Each recovery home location maintains a professionally designed setting equipped with warm décor and amenities to make any guest feel comfortable without compromising privacy or personal space. With sober living for women & men, we make it a priority to provide both equal and abundant opportunities to recover for the entire community of recovering individuals. This is why each home is conveniently located in close proximity to numerous recovery centers, educational facilities, fitness clubs, fine dining, and more. To learn more about our sober living homes for men and women, CLICK HERE!


Camelback Recovery provides sober living homes in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tucson. We provide recovery coaching in a structured and supportive environment that promotes long term transformational changes in our clients by focusing on 12-Step fundamentals, human connection, and accountability.

Sober Living Homes in Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona Sober Living Houses

When it comes to your recovery there are many choices of sober living houses in Arizona but did you know Camelback Recovery has Sober Living houses in Tucson? According to Wikipedia, “Tuscon is a city in and the county seat of Pima County in the Southwest United States and is home to the University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was 980,263. The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area (CSA), with a total population of 1,010,025 as of the 2010 Census. Tucson is the second most-populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor. The city is 108 miles (174 km) southeast of Phoenix and 60 mi (97 km) north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 58th largest metropolitan area in the United States (2014).

Our Ocotillo Ranch in Tucson, Arizona by provides an upscale, beautifully designed sober living house for women in Tucson, AZ. With state-of-the-art home features, this recovery home keeps guests comfortable and free from environmental triggers, helping them build new habits that support their clean lifestyle.

At Camelback Recovery, we’ve created a recovery integration process to increase the chances of long-term sobriety. This program has five pillars:

  • Accountability
  • Support
  • Structure
  • Community
  • Purpose

For at least three months, the residents follow a daily schedule tailored according to these pillars, until they’re capable of making healthy choices for themselves, by themselves. To learn more about this upscale transitional housing in Tucson AZ, CLICK HERE!

Camelback Recovery is a community committed to promoting and supporting sober living in Arizona. Our sober living home in Phoenix provides a structured environment that encourages behavioral and emotional control to empower individuals recovering from drug or alcohol abuse. We do this by building a foundation for sobriety and providing support and guidance along the way. For a full listing of our sober living homes in Phoenix and Scottsdale as well, CLICK HERE!
About Camelback Recovery
Camelback Recovery provides sober living homes in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tucson. We provide recovery coaching in a structured and supportive environment that promotes long term transformational changes in our clients by focusing on 12-Step fundamentals, human connection, and accountability.