Arizona Drug Rehab

Your Treatment Options + State Drug Abuse Facts


When it comes to drug overdose mortality, Arizona has the 12 highest rate in the United States, and drug use as well as alcohol abuse are well-known to be a common problem within the state. Drug addiction is a serious problem that can result in death, so it’s important to recognize your addiction and find the treatment you need quickly.

Many different drug rehab center programs can be found in the state of Arizona, but you’ll want to find a program that fits your needs and your unique situation. Use this guide to the common drug treatment options in Arizona to help you better understand your options so you can make an informed decision and get on the road to recovery.

Effectiveness, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse depends on these factors:

  1. the type and degree of the persons problems/addictions
  2. if an effective treatment for the particular situation is used, and
  3. the quality of the relationship between the patient and their healthcare provider

Arizona Addiction Treatment Center Types & Lengths of Treatment Offered

Long Term Treatment Programs (90-Day)

Generally a long term treatment program lasts 90 days, though some last for longer periods of time. These programs are highly successful and offer many benefits because they offer long term support to patients. Since programs last 90 days or longer, patients have the time to deal with various factors that contribute to their addiction, and it provides professionals with plenty of time to provide relapse prevention education to patients.Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Short Term Treatment Programs (28/30-Day)

Short term programs can last from 28-30 days in most cases, although the exact length of time varies among different addiction recovery centers. A short term program starts with medical detox treatment, which lasts for several days, then provides outpatient treatment to patients. Patients are often required to go to group substance abuse classes while involved in these programs. Short term programs often lack the efficacy of longer recovery programs, due to the habitual nature of addiction.

For those who must continue with family and work obligations, short term programs offer a way to get treatment while dealing with those obligations.

Outpatient Addiction Treatment Programs

Outpatient programs in Arizona require patients visiting a behavioral health counselor on a regular basis, and group and/or individual drug counseling may be required as a part of these programs. Some of the types of therapy used by drug treatment facilities include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational incentives, and multidimensional family therapy.

In the beginning, substance abuse treatment is very intensive, and then patients move on to a regular outpatient drug treatment plan to help sustain abstinence. Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), which essentially refers to partial hospitalization, may also be a consideration for some. One study suggests that IOP may be as effective as inpatient programs (Dennis McCarty, Ph.D., Lisa Braude, Ph.D., et al.)

Inpatient Addiction Treatment Programs

Inpatient treatment programs require patients to stay in a facility where they are provided with intensive, structured, 24-hour care. Patients are given medical attention and safe housing in an environment where various therapeutic approaches may be used to aid in recovery. Inpatient drug rehab is the most hands on, and intensive treatment process and only offered by some treatment providers.

Inpatient treatment centers can vary in quality of life as some are more lifestyle oriented than others, so understand the amenities before you sign up.

Residential Treatment Services


Residential detox programs can last from three to seven days, and during this time, patients are monitored medically while they go through the withdrawal process, which often comes with many uncomfortable symptoms. Support is offered to patients as they go through detoxification, and medical supervision and medications are often used to reduce the side effects associated with drug or alcohol withdrawal that occurs during the recovery process.

Suboxone, Naloxone, Buprenorphine (called a opioid partial agonist), and other medication-assisted treatments (MAT) may be used to treat Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) as they can help ease the drug/alcohol detox transition, rather than going cold turkey.

Sober-living House

Sometimes called a halfway house, sober living houses offer patients a place where they can safely transition between inpatient and outpatient programs. In some cases, patients choose to stay in these aftercare homes while undergoing outpatient treatment in Arizona. They provide a bridge between intensive treatment, and a less structure day-to-day environment with social support, however, they are likely to implement house rules since rules provide structure, which in turns helps minimize relapses to drug and alcohol addiction.

Living in a sober-living house often proves more affordable to patients than a residential treatment program, although never covered by insurance either, yet patients still get the support and services needed to achieve and sustain a drug-free lifestyle. A good home (mind you there is little to no regulation of sober living homes in most states) focuses on helping their tenants develop basic life skills. However, failure to comply with house rules often results in an immediate eviction. Attendance to a 12-step program is often a requirement as well.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis treatment is specifically designed to treat patients who deal with addiction and an additional mental health disorders, also known as co-occurring disorders. To help prevent relapse, it’s essential to treat addiction and such co-occurring disorders / mental illness at the same time in an effective manner. With dual diagnosis treatment, professionals deal with both health services needs (psychological and substance abuse) simultaneously, ensuring that patients enjoy the best outcomes.

Commonly Abused & Treated Drugs in Arizona

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the state of Arizona. The most commonly abused and treated drugs in Arizona include marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. Oxycodone, which is a prescription opioid, is also a very commonly abused drug within the state. Locations with rehab programs include: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Prescott, Mesa, and other smaller cities.


Whether you or a loved one is dealing with an addiction to meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, or alcohol, it’s imperative to get treatment right away. Starting the rehabilitation process at a quality rehab center immediately can help you take control of your life, leaving your substance use and abuse behind.

Many patients find that they enjoy better results when they travel to a drug and alcohol treatment center in Arizona. This removes your familiar surroundings and peers so you can better concentrate on recovery.

Call us today to discuss your individual needs and to get started on your journey to recovery.