Brand new to the Back2Basics recovery program will be a partnership with a Flagstaff cafe to build an internship program for residents who are on the cusp of assimilating back into the working world.


Back2Basics Cafe Internship

The cafe warehouse where the Back2Basics interns will be working.

Back2Basics Sober Living is teaming up with a local Flagstaff coffee shop to create an internship program that will promote life-skill building for the recovering residents, and help them gain professional work experience. The internship will start in April and selected residents will be required to apply and interview just as anyone interested in a paid position would.

“The point of [the internship] is to help these guys have ‘the complete package,’ as part of their transitioning out of B2B, and into the real world,” said café warehouse operations manager, Clayton Dobrick.

While now a successful businessman making his mark on the family business, Dobrick can relate to what the Back2Basics residents are going through – he was one of the first addicts to complete the program.

“I know their tricks,” said Dobrick. “Any oversight will be taken care of by someone who knows what it means to get sober.”

Dobrick will ask that the Back2Basics residents go through the entire application and interview process, just as a real employee would. They will be working from the bottom up, starting with maintenance, landscaping and other labor-oriented tasks. “There isn’t a hierarchy here,” said Dobrick, “everyone pitches in for everything, even cleaning the toilets.”

The local café was founded two decades ago by Dobrick’s father simply because he had a passion for coffee. The business was coincidentally launched back when the coffee shop craze began. Now the family-run shop has branch locations, a manufacturing warehouse and roasts, distributes and packages for other local business and cafes.

A significant part of the Back2Basics recovery program is to not only teach the importance of staying sober, but to also help the residents build enough confidence and life skills to remain sober after the program.

Dobrick feels that this internship will allow the young men in recovery to transition into a mindset that allows them to be a productive and successful citizen. “I take a little bit of a tough love approach. It is important to teach them what the rest of the world will be expecting from them,” said Dobrick.

There is no expectation for the residents to pave a career at the café. It is more so important for them to hone the necessary skills needed to survive in the working world as a productive citizen noted Dobrick.

“When things get hard they [will] have something to reflect on – an educated point of view regardless of how hard things get.”