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Back2Basics is an addiction recovery program that has created a recipe for success by mixing addiction treatment living program, counseling and outdoor adventure. But, until recently, there were limits as to whom it could serve. Founder Roy DuPrez has learned a six-month buffet of treatment is necessary for addicts to acquire a taste for sobriety, but a steady diet of support can be expensive, and health insurance companies weren’t generally picking up the tab.

“Historically, our program has been a private-pay-only option for treatment. Most insurance companies weren’t willing to reimburse these models. But with the Affordable Care Act, insurance providers have been able to set up options in my industry and get more outside the box,” said DuPrez. “With accreditation and national recognition for the level and type of services we’re offering, we can access that demographic that previously couldn’t afford this type of support.”

DuPrez has been in the addiction recovery industry for 20 years, and exposed to different rehabilitation programs for even longer. “It was common for insurance companies to reimburse costs for 30-day programs, but there’s a small window of success afterward and if there is no discharge plan or follow up, young adults are likely to go back to the same lifestyle and patterns.”

So, DuPrez is working on intensive outpatient offerings to make help more accessible. Back2Basics focuses on treating young men, ages 18 to 30, and experience has taught him that an ongoing connection to the recovery community is critical, as those struggling with addiction are at risk for relapsing into familiar unhealthy habits.

“It is so important that addicts have access to resources, as no one should have to create change on their own,” said Natalie, a Back2Basics therapist. “The most challenging aspect of this work is when people leave treatment without the skills necessary to navigate sobriety.”

DuPrez says Back2Basics has served hundreds of families, averaging six to 10 clients in the beginning years. Now, the program treats about 22 clients per year. “We’ve been bigger at times, but just because you’re serving more people, you’re not necessarily helping more people.”

He calls Back2Basics a boutique program, designed to offer a smaller, almost family-like setting for an individualized experience, rather than a clinical environment. And he has got files of proof that his menu for treatment works. There appears to be no shortage of letters from families and individuals claiming Back2Basics saved a life, despite years of attempts at recovery.

At 44 years old, DuPrez understands the challenges of beating the disease of addiction. “I genuinely feel like a testimony of what’s possible.”  …