This is the final story of a four-part series on the crisis, care and prevention of opioid abuse, which was recently named an epidemic by the governor's office.


Opioid addicts seeking rehabilitation have numerous options for treatment.

Twelve-step programs are the largest common denominator of long-term recovery programs.

The support network Advocates for Opioid Recovery strongly suggest medical detoxification which uses a combination of “behavioral interventions and medications” to treat opioid abuse. The organization claims 66 percent of addicts who use medication detoxification reach sobriety after six months, versus only 31 percent who use no medication.

Once detoxed, medications like short-term Subutex (buprenorphine) and long-term Vivitrol (naltrexone) are often effective treatments for opioid cessation. These drugs work by binding to the same neurological receptors as opioids negating the desire to use. Whereas “antagonist” drugs like naloxone, on the other hand, actually reverse the effects of opioids.

A drug known as Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone and is often used with addicts going through immediate detox.

Methadone can also significantly help with the detoxification process. However, in recent years many authorities including the CDC, have begun to urge against its prolong use as it has been reported that users have developed dependencies on the drug.

Cognitive therapy is also used to treat addiction of all types, focusing on addressing the underlying causes of substance abuse through counseling, group therapy and other cognitive exercises.

Twelve-step programs are the largest common denominator of long-term recovery programs. When used in conjunction with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and counseling 12-step programs have proven to be quite successful.

Rehabilitation & Recovery Resources

Inpatient – Adult
Valley of Hope (Chandler)
Located in Chandler, Valley of Hope’s 55-bed addiction treatment facility “provides a variety of addiction treatment (drug rehab) options to adults ages 18+ including medically monitored detoxification, residential and partial/day levels of care. We also offer free professional consultations and would be happy to arrange a tour of our facility.”
501 N. Washington St.
Chandler, AZ 85225

Inpatient – Youth
The Pathway Program (Tempe)
Offering support groups and both inpatient and residential treatment for young people ages 13-25, the Pathway Program provides “fun and positive social interactions,” so that young people have the ability to realize “that a sober lifestyle doesn’t mean giving up on having fun.”
4820 S Mill Ave., Suite 101
Tempe, AZ 85282

Outpatient, Support & Recovery – Adult & Youth
Maricopa Behavioral Health Services, LLC (Maricopa)
Maricopa Behavioral Health Services offer outpatient treatment for those with substance abuse and behavioral or mental health on an income-based “Sliding Fee Scale.” They offer evaluation and screening Services, referrals to inpatient treatment, outpatient recovery and relapse prevention, counseling and therapy in the city of Maricopa.
19395 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 16 (upstairs)
Maricopa, AZ 85139

Sun Life Family Health Center (Maricopa)
Accepting Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance Sun Life Health Center offers outpatient behavioral and mental health services including counseling and therapy, assessment evaluation and screening services and inpatient referral for substance abuse and mental health treatment.
44765 W. Hathaway Road
Maricopa, AZ 85139

Community Bridges, Inc. (Casa Grande)
Offering substance abuse outpatients services, Community Bridges provides “a continuum of care that begins with prevention and continues for individuals and families through treatment and recovery.”
675 E. Cottonwood Lane, Suite 1
Casa Grande, AZ 85122

Arizona Treatment Institute, LLC (Casa Grande)
Arizona Treatment Institute Offers outpatient detoxification and substance abuse treatment programs including medication assisted treatment using naloxone for opioid dependency. They accept military insurance (TRICARE or CHAMPVA) as Well as Access to Recovery (ATR) vouchers.
1927 N. Trekell Road
Casa Grande, AZ 85222

Horizon Health and Wellness
Horizon Health and Wellness offers outpatient treatment for substance abuse, mental health and crisis intervention. They offer assessment, evaluation and screening services and inpatient referrals, as well as outpatient partial hospitalization services.
120 W. Main St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122

PSA Art Awakenings (Casa Grande)
Art Awakenings provides rehabilitation through “expressive arts programs using the healing power of creativity to explore feelings and process issues.” Adult programs are “primarily psychosocial rehabilitation with individual, peer support, group and family supportive counseling along with case management.” Whereas programs for children are focused on “therapeutic expressive arts.”
309 W. 2nd St.
Casa Grande, AZ 85122


Additional Information & Hotlines

Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Arizona Treatment Locator

Crisis Response Network
(602) 427-4600

Teen Lifeline
(602)248 -8336
Text “Listen” to 741-741

Part 1: How the addiction starts

Part 2: Stronger and deadlier than ever

Part 3: Naloxone often the last line of defense


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