Arizona Addiction Treatment for Drugs, Alcohol & Substance Abuse

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Our Commitment to Saving Lives and Restoring Hope

Springboard Recovery is one of the best and the most effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Arizona. We take pride in our commitment to helping our patients overcome their battles with substance abuse. We provide powerful and life-changing recovery programs and accept patients from any part of Arizona or other surrounding areas as well. Our services are designed to help our guests achieve their personal goals in life, and become more productive and self-reliant individuals.

Alcohol is a central thread in the cultural fabric of life in Scottsdale, weaving its way through religious rituals, children’s events, festivals, fairs, celebrations, and even acts of mourning. If you struggle to resist the temptations of alcohol, you’re not alone. Fully 15% of Scottsdale residents have struggled with alcohol addiction at some point. The good news is that alcoholism doesn’t have to last forever. By seeking treatment as soon as possible, you minimize the health risks of your alcohol addiction while maximizing your prospects for going on to live a healthy, happy, productive life.

Our outpatient drug treatment program allows you to keep work and family commitments while focusing on your sobriety.

Addiction Statistics in Arizona: Is There a Need for Substance Abuse Treatment?

Substance abuse is a very real problem in Arizona, and it is not one that can be ignored. So many people drink excessively and abuse illicit and prescription drugs. There are also those who do both. Addiction is an issue facing everyone, regardless of their age, race or background.

Youth Alcohol and Drug Addiction Statistics in Arizona

The Arizona Statewide Substance Use Prevention Needs Assessment states that in 2018:

  • Less young people participate in underage drinking in Arizona when compared to the national rate.
  • In Arizona, 16.7% of young people between the ages of 12 and 20 abused alcohol at least one time.
  • 19.8% of young people in this age group have abused alcohol at least one time nationally.
  • The same is true for binge drinking, and 12.7% of young people across the United States have participated in this behavior during the last month.
  • In Arizona, 10.4% of young people have binged on alcohol in the last month.
  • Young people ages 18 to 25 have higher numbers.
  • Within this age group, 58% have excessively used alcohol at least one time.
  • About 42% state that they have participated in binge drinking within the last month.
  • 36.4% of female high school students use alcohol each month.
  • 30.2% of male high school students use alcohol each month.
  • 20.7% of female high school students participate in binge drinking each month.
  • 15.4% of male high school students participate in binge drinking on a monthly basis.
  • 21.3% of high school ninth graders reported having used alcohol at some point.
  • That number increases dramatically by twelfth grade, and 47.8% of these students report excessively using alcohol.
  • 11.6% of 9th graders report binge drinking behaviors.
  • By the time they reach 12th grade, this number increases to 25.7%.
  • Between the ages of 12 and 17, about 48,000 young people state that they have used illicit drugs.
  • For 15,000 of them, that includes drugs other than marijuana.
  • More than 15% of high school students have abused prescription painkillers at least once.
  • 4.2% of these students have abused prescription opioids during the last year.
  • 1.9% of students have used heroin at least one time.
  • 5.6% of students have used cocaine at least one time.
  • Less than 1% of students have used cocaine within the last year.
  • Marijuana use is common among one in five high school students in Arizona.
  • 6.8% state that they have used marijuana at least once within the last month.
  • That is about 37,000 students.
  • 11.9% of students have used marijuana at least once within the last year.
  • That is about 65,000 students.

Drug Abuse Statistics in Arizona

There are so many people in Arizona who regularly abuse drugs. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

  • There were more than 67,000 drug overdose deaths in 2018 in the United States as a whole.
  • Even though that number is less than in 2017, it still indicates that there is a serious drug problem in our country.
  • In Arizona in 2018, there were 1,106 opioid overdose deaths.
  • There were 522 deaths involving synthetic opioids, not counting methadone in 2018.
  • That number is almost twice what it was in 2017.
  • In 2018, 352 people died from heroin overdoses.
  • That same year, 362 people died from overdosing on prescription painkillers.
  • These numbers are similar to the numbers from the previous year.
  • In 2018, doctors wrote more than 50 prescriptions for opioid painkillers for every 100 people.
  • The national prescribing rate for these drugs is 51.4 for every 100 people.

And according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, between June 15, 2017 and September 11, 2020:

  • There have been almost 7,000 suspected opioid overdoses in Arizona.
  • More than 2,200 babies were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
  • More than 93,000 doses of naloxone have been dispensed.

Almost 29,000 doses have been administered to people who overdosed.

  • More than 21,000 naloxone kits were ordered by 116 law enforcement agencies in the state.
  • Of the people who overdosed on opioids, 8.6% of them received their prescriptions from 10 or more prescribers.
  • Each month, doctors give out more than 136,000 painkiller prescriptions to their patients.

Alcohol Abuse Statistics in Arizona

The news site, AZCentral reported some interesting information about alcohol abuse and addiction in Arizona. Their statistics show that:

  • Unmarried men who are in their 40s and 50s have a higher risk of drinking excessively.
  • Arizona has held the number 4 position for highest death rates from alcohol poisoning in the U.S.
  • About 76% of those who have died from alcohol poisoning in the state were between 35 and 65 years of age.
  • Of these individuals, 76% of them were men.
  • 68% of them were white.
  • Out of every 1 million residents over the age of 15, 18.7% of them have died from alcohol poisoning.
  • 2.5% of all ER visits have been the result of binge drinking.
  • Binge drinking is related to about 4.5% of all inpatient hospitalizations.
  • Single men who are between the ages of 45 and 54 have a higher risk for ER visits, inpatient hospitalizations and death from binge drinking.
  • Alcohol is at least a contributing factor in about 1/3 of all emergency room visits in Arizona.
  • 13% of people in Arizona state that they participate in binge drinking at least once every year.
  • That is about 780,000 people all across the state.

There is no doubt that in Arizona, there are many people who are struggling because of their addictions. This problem does not discriminate, and it can touch the life of anyone as soon as they start abusing drugs or alcohol.

So many people do not know where to turn to get the help they need. They may think that recovering is impossible, or they may put themselves in danger by trying to quit using on their own. Fortunately, there are many options for addiction treatment in Arizona. People only need to be willing to get the help they need to recover.

Alcohol Addiction Treatment: The Basics

Alcohol is one of the oldest and most popular drugs, with evidence for its use dating back several thousand years BCE. Humans across the globe have long relied on alcohol for its ability to loosen tongues, reduce inhibitions, and even induce hallucinations as part of religious rituals.

Alcohol’s ubiquitous role in nearly every area of life can create the false impression that it’s not a drug at all. But alcohol kills 90,000 people each year, and research suggests that it may be the single most addictive drug. This dangerous substance costs the U.S. economy nearly $300 billion each year, so make no mistake about it: alcohol is a drug, is dangerous, and is highly addictive.

For some people, though, alcohol is a losing choice. Medical research hasn’t uncovered a specific cause yet, but it’s likely that alcoholics carry both genetic and environmental risk factors that make them more likely to drink to excess. Some research, for instance, suggests that a higher than usual tolerance for alcohol – a genetic trait that can be amplified by excessive drinking – makes it more likely that a person will become an alcoholic. This makes it clear that alcoholism really is a disease, not a personal choice.

Your health insurance plan may cover your recovery at SpringBoard. Verifying your insurance is quick and easy!

How Alcohol Affects the Body

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which means it slows down activity in your brain and spinal cord. This leads to a lowering of inhibitions and a generalized slowing of your reactions. In the early stages of an alcoholic “buzz,” you may feel slightly giddy, slur your words, have slowed reflexes, feel less self-conscious, or experience restlessness. As you drink more, though, the symptoms become much more pronounced. Excessive drinking can lead to blackouts, coma, seizures, sudden death, and extremely aggressive behavior. The FBI reports that 90% of acquaintance rapes occur under the influence of alcohol.

Over time, the effects of alcohol get even worse. The most common effect of prolonged drinking is alcohol addiction, but alcoholism also comes with additional health risks, including:

  • Organ failure, especially kidney and liver problems
  • Cardiovascular dysfunction
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Broken blood vessels in the face
  • Skin problems
  • Hepatitis
  • Decreased immunity that can cause more frequent illness, as well as vulnerability to communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Permanent memory loss and brain damage
  • Personality changes
  • Mental illness
  • Legal, financial, and health difficulties
  • Vehicular accidents

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ

Here at Springboard Recovery, we understand the need to get away and use the comfort of a fresh environment to make your escape from alcohol addiction. That is why we have different recovery options that will help you overcome your dependence to virtually any addictive substance.

Our rehabilitation center in Scottsdale provides the best possible accommodation while helping you on your road to recovery. The rooms that we provide our guests are thoughtfully designed and managed to give a calm and relaxing impression.

Outpatient Counseling

This option is best for those who do not want to undergo a long rehabilitation process but are willing to seek help through occasional therapy sessions. However, for this to be effective, we will need to make sure that you have a strong support system at home to help you cope with the changes of being free from drugs and alcohol.

Sober Living

We also provide a long-term treatment process through our community for sober living. We accept residents who would like to put more effort in their recovery by spending additional time in our facilities. Our residents are encouraged to follow our house rules and structure activities throughout their stay to make this lifestyle part of their routine and everyday focus.

The 12-step Recovery Approach to Addiction Treatment

Our rehabilitation centers have always utilized the 12-step process. This process was compiled by Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization that supports treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. Throughout the years, this process has helped many drug and alcohol dependents find their way to full recovery. Today, it remains widely used and is a regular practice for patients, even after they have recovered. We back these steps with our holistic therapeutic approach to help our guests understand that they are not alone in this process.
It is important that our guests know and understand why they need to change and who they can depend on while they are in this process. That is why we believe that these 12-steps can be a turning point for everyone who is willing to learn and fully adopt its principles.

Sober Living at Its Best

Aside from our effective recovery programs, here in Springboard, we also provide our guests with comfortable accommodations to provide that ‘at home’ feeling while in recovery. We have a community of recovering dependents who willingly help one another achieve better living conditions by boosting morale and joining together to fight their addictions side-by-side. We also have a structured set of activities and counseling sessions to better understand the needs of each guest.

As you can see, rehabilitation doesn’t have to be so difficult and strict. We have different amenities to entertain our guests and give them time to relax and think. Here are some of the amenities we have and strongly encourage:

  • Yoga Studio
  • Coffee Service
  • Deluxe Outdoor Grill
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Extensive Programming

Addiction Treatment Structure

Staying in a rehabilitation center won’t cure you from addiction, but it does help you overcome the most difficult part of your transition into sober living. Without rehab, the detox process can be extremely dangerous and its side-effects often lure the individual back into using again just to feel normal and relieve their uncomfortable symptoms. By getting cleaning and learning to live clean, you promote a change from within that’s long-lasting. It also promotes discipline, commitment and patience with our structure of activities. This is a set of constant scheduled activities that our guests are encouraged to follow daily.

  • Morning meditation (after wake-up call)
  • Daily responsibilities (individually assigned tasks)
  • Personal Goal Setting
  • 12-step Meeting (may be group or individual sessions)
  • Professional House Manager
  • Individual and Group Accountability
  • School, work or volunteering
  • Weekly progress meetings
  • Random Drug screening
  • Nightly review of the day (sharing of learnings)

The structure may vary, depending on the needs and ability of each guest and is therefore subject to any change if necessary.

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

The single biggest risk factor for alcoholism is excessive drinking. The more you drink, and the more frequently you do so, the more likely it is that you will develop an addiction. As you become addicted, your body becomes more and more chemically dependent on alcohol. Eventually, you will experience severe withdrawal symptoms if you try to quit – the most significant clinical sign of addiction. Some alcoholics even develop a potentially life-threatening form of withdrawal called delirium tremens.

Other symptoms of alcoholism include:

  • No longer feeling drunk when you consume alcohol
  • Driving, tending to children, or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of alcohol
  • Doing things you regret, such as yelling at your children or abusing your spouse, while under the influence of alcohol
  • Needing alcohol to feel normal or complete your daily tasks
  • Working while under the influence of alcohol
  • Hiding your alcohol use, or lying to others or yourself about your reliance on alcohol
  • Difficulty concentrating without alcohol
  • Structuring your day around alcohol use
  • Experiencing depression, anxiety, or physical health problems when you can’t or don’t drink
Our alcohol recovery program allows you to keep work and family commitments while focusing on your sobriety.

Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Rehab is the single most effective option for treating alcohol addiction. In rehab, you’ll get comprehensive, 24/7 care that addresses your physical and mental health. If you’re not ready to pursue rehab yet, though, you can pursue the services you’ll get in rehab outside the walls of a rehab facility. The most common services available in rehab include:

  • Medical assistance from a physician who specializes in addiction recovery program. Your doctor will evaluate your overall health, determine whether detox is safe, monitor you as you go through withdrawal, make recommendations to improve your mental and physical health, and may recommend drugs to help reduce the severity of withdrawal.
  • Therapy with a therapist who specializes in addiction recovery program. Your therapist can help you explore why you became an addict, what keeps you using, and what strategies you can implement to reduce your temptation to continue using alcohol.
  • Support groups that allow you to benefit from the wisdom and experience of other addicts. 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous are the most popular and successful options. These programs are vaguely spiritual, though, so may not be a good fit for anti-religious people or non-Christians. If you prefer a secular program, try SMART Recovery or Rational Recovery instead.

Diet and Nutrition Management

Being a drug and alcohol dependent often results in malnourishment because substance abuse limits your food intake and changes your preferences. That is why our programs include a nutritional daily menu for all our guests. Our menu has natural and organic food options to help the detoxification process and provide a sense of health and well-being for every patient. Aside from that, there’s also an important nutritional balance in our meals. We also work with you to build a diet with that meets your dietary goals for carbs, fats, protein and sugar intake.  We understand the benefits of eating healthy and we’re confident you’ll notice a difference in the way you think, feel and act.

We also provide all-vegan options for our vegetarian guests. As part of our therapy programs, we even offer cooking sessions and workshops to our guests to increase their productivity and to help them maintain the same healthy diet even after they have completed their recovery.

Aftercare Addiction Treatment

Change is a process, not an event. Therefore, we encourage our recovered guests to keep in touch and attend our aftercare workshops and sessions to help them minimize the risk of slips that could lead to a relapse. After they have completed the programs, it is expected that a recovered drug dependent will apply everything they have learned in their everyday lives. Therapy can also help you adapt to a new environment after spending time in the center.

You are not alone.

Rehabilitation from drugs or alcohol is one of the toughest decisions to make. It involves a lot of patience, willingness, acceptance, and courage to achieve a successful recovery. Here at Springboard, however, we will not let you go through this struggle on your own. We are here to guide you as you take your first steps in the right direction.
We provide treatment for all addictions, including:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Meth addiction
  • Marijuana addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Prescription Drug addiction

Our dedicated support team is made of professionals who sincerely want to help you get over your addictions. Don’t hesitate to seek out help. Call us at (888)672 2120 and together, let’s start your recovery process.

Your health insurance plan may cover your recovery at SpringBoard. Verifying your insurance is quick and easy!

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Difference Between Substance Abuse and Addiction?

People often use the words addiction and abuse interchangeably, but they are actually very different terms. When people first start misusing drugs or alcohol, that is considered abuse. There is no compulsion to use, but the person may enjoy the effects they experience from their drug of choice. This can lead them to use over and over again.

It is that process of using over and over again that leads to addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that an addiction is a brain disorder or disease that changes how the brain works. Those changes can last a very long time, although some may be reversible, depending on the drug and how long it was used.

The longer a person uses, the greater the chance is that they will eventually become addicted. But the amount of time it takes is different for everyone. What most people who abuse drugs and alcohol do not realize is that the very next time they use could be the time that causes them to get addicted.

What Causes Addiction?

Addictions are generally caused by the repeated use of drugs or alcohol. It happens because of the dopamine surges that take place when a person is using. That is why they experience sensations of euphoria. Dopamine is a chemical that people experience every day when something good happens to them. This can include eating a delicious meal or spending time with people they care about.

Over time, as the person continues to use, their brains become incapable of releasing dopamine on their own. Without dopamine, people do not feel like themselves, and they turn to their drug of choice to help themselves feel better.

There are also genetic and environmental reasons behind addiction as well. But these factors do not necessarily mean that a person is destined to become an addict.

How is Addiction Treated?

When you make the decision to get addiction treatment, you should expect that you will receive a personalized treatment plan that has been designed just for you. It should address your individual needs, and that is what gives you the best chance of being successful.

There are many ways to treat addiction, and they can include:

  • Behavioral therapy – Working with a therapist during individual sessions is often a critical component of addiction recovery. The therapist can determine which type of behavioral therapy will work the best, and it is not surprising that many choose cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Group therapy – Getting support from a group of peers has been shown to be very effective during addiction recovery. Group therapy demonstrates the fact that people are not alone in the struggles they face. It also shows them that they can rely on their peers for help.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders – About half of everyone who has an addiction also has a co-occurring disorder. More often than not, these conditions go undiagnosed, which is what leads to the use of drugs or alcohol as a way to control symptoms. Dual diagnosis treatment addresses both the mental health issue and the addiction at the same time.
  • Medications – There are many medications that are often recommended to people in addiction recovery. They may be offered to help with withdrawal symptoms or as a way to treat a co-occurring disorder.
  • Detoxification – The inability to manage withdrawal symptoms is the number one reason why people relapse when they are trying to stop using drugs or alcohol. Going through detox offers treatment for withdrawal that can minimize the severity of symptoms and help the person to potentially avoid any complications.

What Role do Medications Play in Addiction Recovery?

Today, medications play a bigger role in addiction recovery than they ever have before. They are used in two main ways to help people be successful.

First, when you go through the detoxification process, you may be given medications to help with your withdrawal symptoms. For example, people who are addicted to opioids may be prescribed a drug like Methadone or Vivitrol. These are drugs that have been FDA-approved for that reason. It is also possible to be prescribed medications to address specific symptoms. So a person who is at risk for seizures may be given an anticonvulsant medication, for instance.

The other way that medications are often used during addiction recovery is in the treatment of co-occurring disorders. This term refers to mental health issues that are often co-existing with addictions. Anxiety and depression are two of the most common co-occurring disorders. Antidepressants and possibly a benzodiazepine medication may be recommended for people with these conditions.

Is Detoxing Necessary for Addiction Recovery?

Not everyone who goes to rehab will need to go through the detoxification process. It really depends on the type of drug(s) you are addicted to. For example, marijuana is not considered to be physically addictive, even though it is psychologically addictive. It does cause withdrawal, but there are no risks involved, and people tend to come through it quite well. But the same is not true for all kinds of drugs.

There are some drugs that cause withdrawal symptoms that have the potential to become fatal. Alcohol is a perfect example. When an alcoholic decides to stop drinking, they could be putting themselves at risk for delirium tremens, or DTs. This is a type of alcohol withdrawal that needs to be treated immediately to avoid a deadly outcome.

There are other drugs that require detox as well, such as benzodiazepines, opioids and stimulants. All of these can cause complications when they are stopped. It is best to try to avoid a medical emergency by getting the right treatment for withdrawal.

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