Elm Tree Recovery in Tempe, AZ

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2211 S. Mill Ave
Tempe AZ 85282

Elm Tree Recovery Philosophy

Elm Tree Recovery clients receive 90 days of intensive inpatient treatment tailored to young people in recovery. We address and treat the roots of our clients’ disorders and show them how to achieve sustained, long term sobriety by teaching them the tools needed to transition from treatment to recovery. Our rehabilitation program addresses not only drugs and alcohol, but also treatment for dual diagnosis, trauma recovery, and other compulsive behaviors.

The layout of our program is to create an authentic community where recovery and learning become one. Elm Tree is located just blocks away from the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. Public transportation allows our clients access to other major universities and community colleges in the Phoenix metro area. Individuals at Elm Tree develop the skills needed to emerge into their adult life.

Areas of Specialization

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.

  • Client & Family Support Groups
    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

Facility Highlights

Small residential treatment center with personalized treatment plans

Therapeutic academic community for young adults in recovery

90 days intensive inpatient treatment tailored for young adults

Meet the Staff

Adam McLean, MA

Executive Director

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Adam obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in San Francisco, CA. Adam has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in Phoenix, AZ. Adam is currently receiving his PsyD in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University. Adam first began providing client services in community mental health for a non-profit in Northern Arizona. He assisted in creating a long-term extended care program that combined an outdoor adventure experience with traditional treatment modalities. Adam holds certification as a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) with the Pennsylvania Control Board. Adam also works with NADCP, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals working on alternative sentencing for chronic drug offenders. Adam is a member of the NAADAC, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, NAATP, National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, NATSAP, National Association of Therapeutic Boarding Schools.

Stacy Smith, PhD, CSAT

EMDR Clinical Director

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Dr. Stacey Smith is a licensed psychologist in both Arizona and Texas and has been working in the addictions field in residential and IOP settings since 2010. Dr. Smith will be the clinical director for Tree Behavioral Health and will oversee day to day clinical operations. His dedication to assisting those suffering from addiction has been his career focus as exhibited by his practice in working with those struggling with alcohol and chemical addictions as well as process addictions such as intimacy disorder, sex, gambling and gaming addictions. During this time, Dr. Smith has become well versed in assisting patients in addressing co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses as well. Stacey has worked as a primary therapist, Director of Intensive Outpatient Programs and Clinical Director of a residential treatment center and has a wide variety of experience working in this field. Dr. Smith has an eclectic approach to working with addiction, realizing that there is no ‘one size fits all’, and uses psychodynamic processes as well as cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing techniques in his work to address client concerns. His commitment to assisting patients with childhood trauma that may exist is evidenced by his additional training in EMDR Dr. Smith has an eclectic approach to working with addiction, realizing that there is no ‘one size fits all’, and uses psychodynamic processes, motivational interviewing techniques, and EMDR in his work to address client concerns.

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Recently opened in the Spring of 2017, Elm Tree Recovery provides a residential treatment program for young adults and college students struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. Located in Tempe, Az., the facility integrates clinical services with academic involvement to treat addiction and promote academic achievement. If necessary, the facility provides medical detoxification services on-site.


Before beginning treatment, clients speak with an admissions counselor via phone to ensure the facility is an appropriate program. Upon admission, clients may also undergo an initial substance abuse and psychiatric assessment to identify individual client needs. Clients must commit to at least 90 days of residential treatment in the supportive, academic community and be willing to pursue academic goals.

According to the facility’s website, its programming is designed to treat “the roots of our clients’ disorders and show them how to achieve sustained, long term sobriety.” To achieve this, clients may regularly participate in group and individual counseling sessions to identify any underlying factors that may contribute to addictive behavior. As a specialized program for young adults, the facility’s programming may address issues such as stress management, anxiety, an inability to cope, dealing with life changes, and trigger avoidance.

Clients may also attend educational workshops on basic life skills, coping techniques, and developing tools for maintaining sobriety. In addition, Elm Tree Recovery may introduce clients to peer-led support networks, such as 12-Step or SMART Recovery. Clients may be encouraged to attend meetings and study fellowship literature. Residents also participate in the Recovery Rising organization through Arizona State University, which coordinates social events, education, community service, support, and meetings for college students.

Clients with co-occurring mental health disorders may also receive ongoing psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) may also be utilized to modify responses to traumatic events.

Unique to Elm Tree Recovery, academic integration serves as a key component to overall programming. While clients receive clinical treatment, residents are also expected to enroll in a nearby university, attend trade school, or obtain their G.E.D. Through a partnership with the TreeHouse Learning Community, the facility helps with applying for and enrolling in school. The residential program is appropriate for both individuals returning to higher education and first-time students. The facility provides support and coaching for parents before, during, and after the program.


Elm Tree Recovery employs a multidisciplinary team comprised of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians experienced in addiction medicine, licensed substance abuse counselors, and a family nurse practitioner.


Elm Tree Recovery’s facility can accommodate up to 18 residents in a small, supportive community. The residential facility is within a half-mile to Arizona State University and near multiple community colleges and trade schools. While specific information is scarce concerning the facility’s accommodations and amenities, images sourced from the facility’s website indicated an apartment-like residence with double-occupancy bedrooms, outdoor patios, full kitchens, and living areas.


Due to its recent opening, Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff. Secondary sources revealed positive alumni feedback. On the its Facebook page, which the facility can manage, three individuals all gave the facility a perfect five-star rating, though none of the reviewers elaborated on their experiences.[1]


Currently, the cost of the residential program is $500 per day, $15,000 per month, and $30,000 for 90 days of treatment. Elm Tree Recovery accepts several private insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and First Health.

Published April 2017

  1. https://www.facebook.com/pg/elmtreerecovery/reviews/?ref=page_internal

Published on May 2017

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