What Does Recovery Mean To You?

We are continuing our journey of spiritual growth at our sober living in Scottsdale, Arizona by following C.W. V. Straaten’s The Addiction Recovery Journal today and have come up to Day 3. If you are enjoying following along and seeing what wonderful things can happen in the span of 366 days please make sure to come back and join us.

“Day 3 – What does recovery mean to you?”

Before I really knew what recovery was through my own experiences I used to think that it just meant ‘being cured’ (shout out Passages lol), but now I know recovery isn’t just a quick fix or a word. Recovery is putting into practice the actions to support you no longer feeding into your past addictions. For me that means praying daily, meditating as often as possible, and accepting the world as it is instead of trying to shapeshift it into what I believe is how things ‘should be’. One thing I remember learning from my sponsors in the past is, “You should never be hard on yourself!”. So really what I’m saying is that recovery to me is a compilation of actions I do to keep myself spiritually, mentally, and emotionally fit.

Thanks for joining on the third day of our series at our sober living in Arcadia and Scottsdale for men and women with Camelback Recovery. Don’t forget like and follow us on Facebook and tune in here for the daily prompt! Until tomorrow, spiritual gangsters!

What Could People Learn From You

I’m back for the second day of our blogging growth series here at Camelback Recovery, a sober living home in Scottsdale and a sober living in Arcadia. We are going through The Addiction Recovery Journal by C.W. V. Straaten and responding to the daily prompt with all of your readers to grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I hope you enjoy today’s blog and if you do please share on social media and be sure to like, follow, and comment on our post on the Facebook page. Thanks in advance spiritual fam!

“Day 2- What could people learn from you?”

As someone who has been in recovery and also worked in recovery for a female sober living program here in Scottsdale, I have attained many qualities that I believe would be beneficial for other people to attain themselves. Honestly, though, the one I feel like people could learn from me though would be being able to recognize when I am wrong and taking ownership of those things that I can improve on. Although recovery is mostly being willing to facilitate change within yourself even if it doesn’t necessarily happen 100% of the time. So although I still have moments where emotions may produce reactions, most of the time I am able to naturally be able to recognize the feeling of me acting in my defects. This is something so valuable to learn because it’s through that self-reflection and actively practicing the sixth step that as people in recovery we are able to become better versions of ourselves one right choice at a time.

Please let us know if you enjoyed reading and what your answer is to today’s prompt. We appreciate your feedback and support. Until tomorrow Camelback Recovery family!

Sober Living in Scottsdale Arizona

Welcome to our blog on sober living in Scottsdale, Arizona! If you’re new to the blog this will be a very exciting time to start reading. I will be going through and writing a blog post a day on recovery following the book The Addiction Recovery Journal by C.W. V. Straaten. We shall start the challenges or prompts as asked by the book and I hope to grow through this journey as well as learn a little more about what it means to help men and women get into the appropriate sober living home. Please follow along and keep me motivated by commenting or sharing the blog on whatever social media site you have to gain more of a following. So without further ado here we go fam!

“Day 1 – If your addiction was a person how would you describe him or her? What is the one piece of advice you would give him/her?”

I don’t believe that people are good or evil, unfortunately, my Borderline Personality does seem to bring up that kind of black and white thinking at times that I typically combat with the principles I have learned by working through the 12 steps and actively working a program. Like many addicts and alcoholics, drinking and drugging were ‘but a symptom’ for me as the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous tells us. Although, if my addiction, as tumultuous as it was, filled with anger, victimization and hopelessness was if anything a broken soul. So if my addiction was a person who suffered as horribly as I remember then it would be someone I would empathize with, but not enable. Today I try not to take anyone’s inventory but the best suggestion made to my family that aided my growth as a person was not to continue to fund, co-sign or support the nonsense I put them through. Now I am so grateful because it was through my own will that I was able to be open to the guidelines outlined in the 12-steps. The best advice I could give this person (my addiction in human form, king of like how Will Farrel is my sense of humor in human form) would be that there is a solution and if they are able to put the same amount of effort into their recovery as they are into their addiction then maybe, just maybe, the person of addiction could be a person who’s recovered.

That concludes today’s prompt, please come back daily to read the post and see what prompt or challenge the author has in store for us next. Thanks for reading our recovery home blog. Please make sure to share and comment if you enjoyed reading and make sure to like, comment and follow on our Facebook page.

Recovery Coaching At Camelback Recovery

Recovery Coaching and Sober Living Homes

It is our pleasure to introduce our new recovery coaching staff, Jeff Thomas. He is the creator of the LifeForce, Transformational Coaching program, and brings 12 years of his recovery journey, into his coaching experience. Jeff has an extensive background in Psychology and holds a BA and Business Management from the University of Phoenix. His 31 years living a life of addiction, help him relate to his clients as he shares his victory over alcohol, cocaine, meth, ecstasy, and sex addiction. He entered recovery in 2006 after a 15-year stint as a professional musician. His whole life revolved around performing shows and venues where alcohol and drugs were part of the scene. Jeff’s personal journey through addiction and recovery allows him to not only relate but also empathize with the challenges that face those in recovery. He brings nonjudgmental acceptance along with a compassionate demeanor to meet his clients “where they are” in their process. He strongly believes that each of us has a unique journey to recovery and works with his clients to discover their own path by taking a Wholistic approach that focuses on mind, body, and spirit.

Jeff helps his clients process emotions realize mental blocks, limiting beliefs, conditioned responses, and behavioral and relational patterns. He urges his clients to set appropriate boundaries in order to protect their sobriety. He holds them accountable for the commitments they make to change and supports them in moving forward in their lives.

Jeff’s passion is to guide others battling an addiction to find their “true selves” once again. To disconnect from their inner-critic and reconnect with their inner wisdom by quieting their mind, observing their ego, and learning to fully accept “what is” in every moment, regardless of circumstance, interpretation, or applied meaning. “True Peace awaits us all”.

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.

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

Choosing A Sober Living Home

Sober Living Homes in Phoenix and Tucson

At Camelback Recovery we know you have many choices when it comes to choosing a sober living home but it does take work. What we mean by work is it takes research, knowledge, meetings, tours, and so much more to make the best choice for you. In the end, it is where you feel safe, where you feel you can make the best recovery, and honestly who provides the best resources for you. Camelback Recovery provides sober living homes in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tucson. Our sober living homes and recovery coaching program maintains a structured and supportive environment that promotes long term transformational changes in our clients by focusing on 12-Step fundamentals, human connection, and accountability. We do this because we want to give you peace of mind. The following are services offered at Camelback Recovery and ones that we think are key to making the best choice in transitional housing:

  • Internet/Wifi
  • Private Rooms
  • Full-Time Housing Staff
  • Recovery Resources
  • Meals Prepared & Provided
  • Computers and Printers
  • YouTube and Netflix
  • Technology-Assisted Care
  • GPS
  • Daily Email Reports
  • Gourmet Homestyle Dinners 5 Days a Week
  • Healthy Groceries
  • Gym Memberships
  • Pillowtop Mattresses
  • Professionally Decorated Homes
  • Coaching
  • Transportation
  • So much more

Camelback Recovery provides a wide variety of services under the umbrella of sober living and recovery coaching. Everything we offer has been specifically selected to contribute towards your recovery journey and long term sobriety. For each of the homes located in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson, every one of these services is administered. This above list is a good illustration of how we separate ourselves from any other sober living home, but to experience it is much different. To learn more about our services including a complete list of services that we offer that most don’t, CLICK HERE!

The Camelback Recovery Integration Process is based upon five pillars. These pillars provide the necessary tools to build new habits and develop new skills during the integration process. This is how you set yourself up for long term sobriety after treatment. Our sober living homes located in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson, Arizona, all provide communities and environments that work together to help you achieve your long-term recovery goals.

To learn more about our sober living houses all over Arizona and how we can support you on this journey, please contact us today!

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.