Why Do Recovery Treatment Facilities Restrict Television Time?

Many sober living homes and treatment facilities for addiction recovery may limit or restrict the amount of time that clients can access television. Some places may only allow the television to be turned on during certain times of the day. Others may limit the total amount of time that a person can watch television on a daily basis. Some of us may enjoy watching television to relax or catch up on current events. We may have shows that we want to watch as part of a series that we follow and might be upset by this restriction. However, treatment centers are strict about television access for many reasons that can be beneficial to our overall health and wellness. Changing our relationship to television might even help us find more fulfillment when we leave our treatment center.

Television as a Sedentary Activity

Recovery from addiction involves adopting healthy habits to replace unhealthy ones. Recovery involves looking at our whole-self health and wellness, which might include changing some other patterns that are not directly related to our addictions. Television can eat up huge parts of a person’s day. Our brains and bodies are wired to attempt to gain the most stimulation for the least amount of effort. This adaptation made sense in primitive times when food and other resources were scarce. We now live in a world where most of our necessary resources are accessed with ease. We no longer need to walk or run several miles to get a change of scenery or see new people. We can simply turn on a television and gain these visuals. Unfortunately, we advanced in technology and resource allocation quicker than our bodies could adapt to the change. Therefore, we still require exercise and movement to maintain our physical health. Television can take away time that we could otherwise use to engage in more meaningful and healthy activities.

Distracting Effects of Television

Television can also be distracting us from our recovery. Even if left on in the background, we might find it challenging to focus with too much noise or stimulation going on around us. By keeping televisions turned off during the day, sober living homes can set up a quiet and distraction-free environment. We can then focus on our recovery and learn the new skills needed to cope with life when we leave treatment. Television can also distract us from learning new activities that we might enjoy more. Many programs will introduce us to new ways of living during treatment, which involves more than just coping skills! We might learn new hobbies or divisionary activities that can bring value to our lives. Recovery is really about enhancing our overall quality of life–when has television ever improved anyone’s quality of life? We may feel that television can help us to socialize. To a degree, television can give people something to talk about. However, when joining a new recovery group, people may benefit from activities that focus on one another instead of a screen. Television can deprive us of the focus that we need to be successful in our recovery from addiction.

Television as an Addiction

Addiction can take many forms in different vices. Overall, addiction occurs when we gain a high reward for a meager amount of effort. Substances, like cocaine, can quickly hijack our brain’s natural reward system. At the same time, we have done nothing to gain such an extreme and unnatural high. Television can be similar in that we get a lot of stimulation for a very low amount of effort. Any substance or activity that has such a disproportionate effort to reward ratio can be addictive. We may spend hours in front of the television as our brains do very little work to gain a high reward for stimulation. Recovery treatment facilities are actively focused on steering us away from quick-fix solutions to boredom or loneliness. Television can easily replace other addictions with its allure and ease of access. We can easily fall into the trap of disconnecting with our loved ones at home or escaping from our lives by watching hour upon hour of television. 

Recovery is about learning to appreciate healthy habits that might require more effort while helping us to grow as individuals. Television, while providing us with information and new, does little in terms of helping us grow. We can start by taking the hours we may be spending in front of the TV and putting that time to something of value.

Sober living homes create a healthy, safe, and supportive environment for people needing recovery from addictions. Many of these homes have guidelines and rules that may seem restrictive or unreasonable at first glance. Many treatment programs restrict the amount of time people spend on devices, like cell phones, tablets, and laptops. They may also enact strict television watching policies, like limiting the number of hours that a TV can be turned on or restricting television to specific times of the day. Recovery from addiction involves making lifestyle changes for the better. Recovery is about more than just remaining sober. Recovery is about adding value to life, finding purpose, and connecting to ourselves and others. At Camelback Recovery, we believe that our residents can focus on their recovery with much more clarity by minimizing distractions. We offer plenty of activities that will enhance your life and help you find healthy ways of coping when out of treatment.

Call us at (602) 466-9880 to discuss our sober living programs!

Am I Too Old for Recovery and Sober Living?

Older adults may feel that recovery and sober living have passed them by. They may think that the opportunity to change their behaviors has been missed. They may feel that at an advanced age, change is pointless and burdensome. No matter what age a person is, they still have a lot of life left to live! Recovery is possible at any age, from 18 to 85 or older! Camelback Recovery in Arizona believes that everyone deserves the gifts of recovery. Anyone at any age can benefit from making better choices to improve their overall quality of life. When considering sober living for older adults, we here at Camelback believe we have the right elements to create a successful experience for all ages!

Strong and Stable Community in Sober Living

When considering sober living for an older adult, a stable community is one of the most essential elements for success. Sober living homes with shorter time commitments tend to have residents in-and-out. These homes are often referred to as “revolving door” homes and have new faces coming in and out of the home weekly or even daily. Short-term stays may work for some depending upon their needs in recovery. Older adults, however, may have been engaging in their addictions for decades! Changing behaviors after such a long time requires an environment with higher expectations of commitment.

Stable sober living communities can be built by having expectations of at least three to six months per stay. Some individuals stay longer depending upon their needs. Changing behaviors and habits can take a lot of time, especially if they have been in someone’s life for a long time. Ideas about sobriety and addiction have also changed tremendously over the years. Older adults may need more time to process the changes in societal attitudes towards drinking or drug use, as some of these behaviors may have accepted or simply not discussed years ago. The best chance for anyone to be successful in recovery is to engage in a long-term program with peers doing the same. After all, building a community and forging camaraderie does not happen overnight! 

Healthy communities are also built by instilling a feeling of togetherness among the staff and peers in recovery. Older adults tend to appreciate family-style community meals during their treatment. Meals have often been a means of bringing individuals together. Families may share breakfast to get started with their day or enjoy dinner together at the end of the day to catch up with each other’s lives. Work colleagues share each other’s company during meal breaks while on shift. Camelback Recovery believes in the practice of sharing healthy meals with our staff and residents to bring people together. Sharing meals can forge a sense of camaraderie among everyone within the sober living home.

Higher Levels of Accountability

Older adults may also require a high level of accountability. By doing drug testing regularly, everyone in sober living can benefit from being held accountable for their sobriety. Older adults, who may have been engaging in their addictions for decades, may have learned many ways of hiding their addictions. To be successful in sobriety, drug testing can help a person stop covering up or hiding their behavior. High levels of accountability are essential for older adults desiring recovery and sober living.

Support and Structure

Camelback Recovery provides high-levels of hands-on support for those in recovery. Support extends not only to our residents but our staff as well. Our house managers are supervised and guided by other administrators to ensure the highest quality of service for all our residents. We want to teach our house managers and staff to be the best supports they can be for our residents. We encourage growth and professionalism and hold our house managers to high standards. We provide them with the means for success. The success of our program leaders is passed on to people in early recovery, strengthening and reinforcing new, healthy behaviors.

Other Considerations

Some other considerations for older adults may be programs that offer weekly payment options. Due to older adults potentially having limited or fixed incomes, Camelback Recovery can accept weekly payments if needed. We encourage you or your loved ones to take a tour of our homes or read the testimonies of others. We also believe in discussing sober living with experts in the field to find the best fit for you. We have had a lot of success in introducing recovery and sobriety to older adults and believe that it is never too late to make a positive change in your life!

Camelback Recovery welcomes adults of all ages to enjoy the benefits and quality of life provided by sober living. We believe that everyone deserves the gift of recovery and that it is never too late to change! Older adults may face unique challenges in facing sobriety. They may have been engaging in their behaviors for many years and have a difficult time adjusting. They may have developed ways of covering up their actions that can be challenging to change. All adults, regardless of age, can benefit from programs with stable communities, high levels of personal accountability, and house manager oversight. Take some time to review our testimonials or call us at (602) 466-9880 to discuss our sober living homes. Our staff will be more than happy to discuss our quality program with you or schedule a tour of our homes!

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.

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.

5 Misconceptions of Sober Living Homes

  1. They are all in bad neighborhoods

While sober living homes can range in locations usually matching an individuals budget, they are not all in bad neighborhoods. Some do resemble the dark and dilapidated areas addicts turn to when they are getting high but the majority are in stable and comfortable areas. People may be surprised when driving through nicer communities in their local town to learn that the well kept home down the street actually houses a group of men or women looking to better their lives.

  1. The homes are run down and poorly kept

This goes hand-in-hand with the idea that the homes are in questionable neighborhoods. The aim of any reputable sober living home is to provide the same or better quality and comfort than the addict had at home. Imagine trying to begin a new chapter in your life and better yourself only to call a place home that resembles the condemned house that you used to pick up your drugs at. For this reason and many more, sober living homes make it a special point to provide homes with amenities and creature comforts found in higher end homes today. It is not uncommon to be greeted by hardwood floors, Travertine tile, marble counter tops, and plush leather furnishings.

  1. Sober Living is not necessary after treatment

On the contrary, sober living is one of the few ways to set up an individual in recovery for success. It is still up to the individual to do the leg work but sober living homes provide the stable and structured environment one needs to successfully transition back into their day-to-day life. While a 30, 60, or 90 inpatient program would represent the triage and emergency services a patient would receive after a horrible accident. Sober living is akin to the follow up visits and continuing care after a patient has been stabilized. A sober living home allows men and women who are still in a critical early point of recovery to rejoin life while still having the accountability needed for long term success.

  1. They are unregulated

Many people believe that sober living homes are unregulated, or even worse, fraudulent money making schemes. While a simple Google search can reveal the dark side of “sober living homes”, it is important to remember that the true facilities are operating to help those suffering from addiction. Yes, they are businesses and need to make a profit to continue to help the future recovering alcoholics and addicts, but they do not do so at the sake of their current clients. Sober living homes, depending upon the state they lie in, are subject to regulation through zoning laws, state housing departments, state and municipal healthcare regulations and regulation specific to sober living communities and homes. While it would be nice to say every home is operating for benevolent reasons, it is important to research the home your loved one chooses to continue their journey in sobriety. The best place to start is the inpatient treatment facility your loved one is currently undergoing treatment at; the counselors and staff will know which places have good or poor reputations.

  1. They are havens for continued drug use.

Like most things in life you get what you pay for. If it is cheap, it is cheap for a reason. A sober living home is exactly that; a home where each of clients is guaranteed to be able to come home and not be tempted by the same environment they had just left. Each home has their own rules for what happens in the event of relapse and be sure to discuss this with the director of the home. Rules can vary from speaking with their counselor to ensure it does not happen again, to being asked to leave the home temporarily until the individual is able to test clean of all drugs, to asking any individual to leave the home in the event of any drug use.  Companies that have been in business even for a short time will have seen cases of relapse and will have plans to handle each case accordingly.

More importantly, if a sober living has a good reputation, it enjoys it for a reason. They have built it over time and through the ability to foster success stories. They work with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds in the toughest and most mentally challenging moments of their lives to show them a better way to live. One of the reason they are so successful is because the best homes are truly that, a safe home for your loved one.

5 Costly Misconceptions of Sober Living Homes

The next section of Camelback Recovery’s educational piece, the Consumer Awareness Guide, is in the works. Here are the 5 Costly Misconceptions of Sober Living Homes:

  1. A structured environment is not necessary at this stage of recovery.
  2. I (Me, Myself, and I) will know when I am ready to move out of the sober living home.
  3. All sober living homes are the same.
  4. The highest priced homes with all of the bells and whistles are the best.
  5. Price is the only consideration when choosing a sober living home.

Keep your eye out for the full version of this section.