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Tucson, Arizona
Robin Rettner
Director of Enrollment & Family Services

Circle Tree Ranch is a long-term residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment program with varying lengths of stay ranging from 90 days to 14 months. This program offers treatment to those 18 and over, pregnant mothers, couples and families, who may also be struggling with co-occurring mental disorders, eating disorders, trauma or PTSD, have a gambling addiction, are victims of violence or are involved with CPS or the criminal justice system.

Founded in 1969, Amity Circle Tree Ranch, originally known as Tucson Awareness House, currently has treatment programs in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Rod Mullen is the President and CEO; Naya Arbiter is the creator of the current curriculum and has been with Amity since 1981. Together with Rod Mullen, Bette Fleishman and Fernando Mendez, Naya has created a unique program that allows parents to bring their young children (from birth to 8 years old) to the treatment facility, where they attend daycare or the community elementary school.

Circle Tree Ranch utilizes the 'Extensions Curriculum' in which students study topics that include family dynamics, trauma, prejudice, violence, individual strengths, moral development and emotional literacy in addition to the basics of the 12 step program and group circles, topic based workshops and the utilization of community, friendship and family in the student's recovery process.

Circle Tree Ranch is located on a 56 acre campus that includes semi-private residential accommodations, a dining area, Gathering Hall, meeting and group rooms, state of the art fitness center and walking trails, volleyball and basketball courts, swimming pool, music and art rooms, authentic Native American sweat lodge and an outdoor pavilion for weekly celebrations and ceremonies.

[This information came from the Circle Tree Ranch website.]


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