Substance abuse is a problem facing many Arizonans of all ages and walks of life. In particular, misuse of prescription opioids is one of the fastest-growing substance use issues in Arizona, and one that comes with some of the greatest risks. According to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family, enough opioid pain relievers were prescribed last year to give each adult in Arizona their own medication round-the-clock for two weeks.

Yet residents of Arizona struggle with abuse of other drugs as well. From alcohol and prescription drugs to methamphetamine and heroin, the use of drugs and alcohol has become a dangerous and seemingly unbreakable cycle for many.

Arizona Drug And Alcohol Treatment Centers

Inpatient treatment centers throughout the state offer programs to address all forms of substance abuse. Research shows that people with severe and persistent addiction issues who enter and complete inpatient rehab programs are more likely to experience a lasting recovery.

The following drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Arizona are listed here based on the variety of treatments they offer, positive reviews of treatment programs, and the degree of comfort and care they provide.

  1.  Calvary Healing Center, Phoenix

With a range of rehabilitation options including inpatient residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient treatment, Calvary Healing Center can provide addiction treatment based on individual needs. Medically-assisted detoxification and buprenorphine (Suboxone) therapy are available, and faith-based, young adult, and family programs are also offered.

Calvary Healing Center operates three locations in Phoenix, each of which focuses on healing all aspects of a person’s health which are affected by addiction: physical, psychological, and spiritual. Patients work with counselors who all have a master’s level of education, and each location includes a variety of amenities to help promote healing, such as a pool, basketball and volleyball courts, and horseshoes.

2.  Cottonwood Tucson

Cottonwood Tucson works to treat individuals struggling with addiction through a holistic approach. Located on 35 acres which overlook the foothills of Tucson, Cottonwood Tucson allows individuals to get away from triggers of home life and focus on healing.

Treatment plans are customized according to individual need but may include a number of treatments for a multidisciplinary approach. Treatments offered include group and individual therapy, 12-step support groups, equine therapy, eye movement and desensitization reprocessing therapy (EMDR), trauma and experiential therapies, and dual diagnosis treatment. The center also incorporates a nutrition and exercise component, as well as a number of recreational activities, such as tai chi and yoga.

3.  The River Source of Arizona City

The River Source provides its patients with a range of treatments including medical detoxification, inpatient and outpatient rehab, counseling, holistic treatment, and continuing care. The center also offers women-only and faith-based treatment programs for those in need of these specialized programs.

If a person needs detoxification, they will undergo that phase first, then move on to inpatient treatment. Program lengths may be 30, 60, or 90 days, depending on client need, and may incorporate a range of treatments for better recovery results, including: counseling neurofeedback, relapse prevention training, and continued care. The River Source also provides outpatient services for those who cannot or are unable to attend an inpatient program.

4.  Women in New Recovery, Prescott

Offering treatment services for women only, Women in New Recovery utilizes therapy, educational programs, and a holistic approach to their inpatient addiction treatment program. The center offers inpatient detoxification when necessary and provides a halfway house program and sober living services for ongoing support of those in recovery.

Clients at Women in New Recovery will take part in behavioral therapy, as well as a 12-step support group, and group therapy. Once they transition to the sober living home or halfway house, they will have access to peer support and encouragement to foster long-lasting recovery.

Finding The Right Arizona Inpatient Treatment

For those experiencing addiction, inpatient treatment can mean the difference between sobriety and continued substance abuse. Several types of treatment exist, making it easier to find an effective program to meet individual needs and limitations.

Inpatient Treatment Programs

Drug and alcohol rehab facilities that offer residential treatment programs provide care 24-hours-a-day in a therapeutic, community-oriented setting. Inpatient programs are sometimes also offered through hospital facilities. The length of treatment at an inpatient facility varies, but a stay between six and 12 months is common.

Inpatient treatment programs often focus on “resocializing” the patient through the support of the entire community, including other residents and staff. These highly-structured programs provide a context for the person in recovery to examine their negative patterns of behavior, destructive beliefs, and damaging self-concepts in an effort to break free of their addictive behaviors and find more constructive approaches for dealing with themselves and others.

Treatments Offered In Inpatient Programs

Many inpatient facilities offer a comprehensive suite of services for those recovering from substance abuse, including continued care support and employment training. Some drug and alcohol rehab centers offer treatment plans designed to meet the needs of specific patients, such as women-only facilities, dual diagnosis programs, or faith-based treatment.

The specific treatments used differ from program to program, but certain therapies are common among inpatient treatment centers. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help patients change their attitudes regarding drug use and increase understanding of situations that can lead to relapse. Family therapy is particularly helpful for younger patients, encouraging a strong support network that can bolster ongoing healthy behaviors. Some treatment centers offer an even wider range of supportive services, including meditation, nutritional consultation, hypnotherapy, animal-assisted therapy, anger management, and art and music therapy.

While inpatient treatment is often most effective for those with a serious substance abuse problem, alternatives outside of a residential setting do exist to meet the needs of patients who are unable to attend an inpatient program.

Arizona Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Outpatient treatment can allow an individual to continue to meet their work or school obligations while still receiving substance abuse treatment services; one significant benefit of such programs is that they are generally less expensive than residential treatment. Certain outpatient programs such as intensive day treatment and partial hospitalization programs are able to provide patients with a full schedule of group and individual therapy, and such programs can often be as effective as inpatient treatment while allowing the patient to live at home.

Paying For Arizona Drug Rehab

Many people may be concerned about costs associated with addiction treatment and may choose not to attend rehab due to these costs. Yet there are many options available for people seeking help with substance use disorders, including private insurance, state-funded insurance, scholarships and grants, and private pay.


Private health insurance is one of the best ways to offset the cost of an addiction treatment program. Most private health insurance plans provide coverage for substance use disorder and mental health treatment. The amount of coverage provided varies according to plan. Some insurance plans only cover inpatient stays at a rehab center which are deemed medically necessary, while others may cover outpatient services as well.

The following are common health insurance providers in Arizona:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Caremore HealthPlan
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Metlife of Arizona
  • Scan Health Plan

Depending on an individual’s plan, there may be out-of-pocket costs after insurance, including copayments or down payments. To know the exact benefits of a certain plan, individuals should contact their coverage provider or an addiction treatment specialist.

State-Funded Insurance

If a person does not have a private insurance plan, he or she may still be eligible for state-funded insurance, including Medicaid. State-funded insurance plans often provide coverage for treatment of substance use disorders, but may provide fewer treatment options. This is because this type of insurance is usually only acceptable at certain rehab centers. However, for people with no other way to pay for treatment, state-funded insurance can help them get into a rehab program.

Scholarships And Grants

Many rehab centers provide private scholarships to individuals based on need and eligibility, either to offset the cost of treatment or to take care of it in its entirety. Federal grants are often awarded to rehab centers which allow them to provide a certain number of beds for clients who are unable to pay, or to provide treatment at a greatly reduced cost.

Private Pay

If a person has no insurance and does not qualify for scholarships or grants, they may still elect to pay privately, or with a private loan, savings, or credit card. Many rehab centers work with individuals and their families to set up a payment plan prior to treatment, such as using sliding scale fees.

Arizona Substance Abuse And Addiction Issues

Overall, approximately 50 percent of all substance abuse admissions in the state are due to alcohol abuse, with 10 to 20 percent seeking treatment for addiction to heroin, prescription opioids, marijuana, methamphetamine, and cocaine. However, there are many more people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in Arizona who are not actively seeking treatment.

Many Arizona residents struggle with responsible alcohol use, with approximately 1.2 million teens and adults reporting binge alcohol use within the last month. Illicit drug use is also widespread in Arizona, with 314,000 teens and adults abusing prescription drugs, almost half a million using marijuana, and approximately 564,000 Arizonans abusing illegal drugs of some kind in the past month.

Arizona has also not escaped the nationwide opioid epidemic. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that, “In 2016, there were 769 opioid-related overdose deaths in Arizona—a rate of 11.4 deaths per 100,000 persons, compared to the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,00 persons.” Heroin-related overdose deaths were the driving force behind this number, with heroin-related deaths in Arizona increasing from 102 to 299 from 2013 to 2016.

Despite the alarming rates of substance use and addiction in Arizona, treatment is available to help people learn to manage addiction and lead sober, fulfilling lives. Inpatient addiction treatment programs are the most effective treatment options for people with addiction.


Contact us to learn more about locating an Arizona drug rehab or alcohol treatment center.



American Society of Addiction Medicine — Opioid Addiction: 2016 Facts & Figures

Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family — Substance Abuse: Facts and Figures

National Institute on Drug Abuse — Arizona Opioid Summary




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