Evan Leonard


Dr. Leonard is a Doctor of Medical Science and a clinical anatomist. He has practiced in both internal and emergency medicine and has published several, peer-reviewed articles and a medical book chapter.

Alcohol and drug rehab in arizona
Alcohol and drug rehab in arizona

Alcohol and Drug Statistics Across the State

Looking at statistics for drug and alcohol use can be helpful in understanding the need for rehab. The Arizona Department of Health Services releases real-time data and updates on the opioid epidemic. With a data range of June 15, 2017-December 4, 2020, the following was reported:
  • 7,790 suspect opioid deaths with the highest amount of those being in the 25-44 years old age group (44%)
  • 56,527 suspect opioid overdoses
  • 2,376 neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • 104,279 Naloxone doses dispensed
  • 31,443 Naloxone doses administered
  • More than 2 people die from opioid overdoses every day in Arizona.
  • 21,444 Naloxone kits were ordered for 116 law enforcement agencies
  • 8.6% of those people with suspected overdoses in the prior month received prescription opioids from 10 or more prescribers in the last year
  • 136,720 prescriptions for opioids were dispensed in Arizona last month
  • 43.2 is the average MME, or Morphine Milligram Equivalent, daily dosage prescribed for people with an opioid prescription in Arizona
  • 49.3% of those who have prescribed opioids or benzodiazepines have “lookups” in the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program
A report released by SAMHSA showed the following about the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale areas for the reporting year:
  • An average of 558,000 people aged 12 or older used illicit drugs in the past year. This was 16% of the Metropolitan Statistical Area population. For the state, it was 16.9%.
  • Marijuana use was at 10.7%. The state was the same.
  • Nonmedical prescription pain reliever use was 6.1%. The state was 6.7%.
  • 326,000 people aged 12 or older were classified as having a substance use disorder. At 9.3%, this was lower than the state number at 10.2%.
  • 7.4% or adults aged 18 or older (231,000) had a major depressive episode. This was higher than the state at 7.0%.
  • In a month’s time, 23% of people aged 12 or older participated in binge drinking at least one time. It was 23.7% for the state.
The White House released an Arizona Drug Control Update. This report showed the following:
  • For 2010-2011, Arizona ranked in the top 10 states of drug use in the several categories, including:
  • Use of illicit drugs (not including marijuana)among people aged 12-17 in the past month
  • Non-medical use of pain relievers in the past year for people aged 12 and older.
  • Arizona saw substantially higher drug-induced deaths in 2010 than the national average.
  • 9.52% or Arizona residents reported illicit drug use in a month’s time. That co pares to the national average at 8.82%.
  • 1,141 people died in Arizona in 2010 as a direct consequence of drug use. This is compared to people who died from:
  • Motor vehicle accidents-792
  • Firearms-931
  • The drug-induced deaths in Arizona (17.9 per 100,000) were higher than the national rate (12.9 per 100,000)
  • Arizona saw the most treatment admissions for stimulants followed by marijuana, heroin, other opiates and cocaine/crack in 2010.

We realize that individual needs will vary depending on the progress and ability of each guest. We strive to meet you where you are and work together to assist you in setting and reaching your personal goals. All guests are expected to be engaged in outpatient professional therapy while practicing a 12 step program and participating in SpringBoard events and workshops.

The guest’s journey at SpringBoard Recovery will be one of setting goals, personal growth, and beginning to live a rich and fulfilling existence.

Experience Sober Living in Scottsdale

We believe in creating an environment of success for our guests. We are committed to provide the framework and structure to facilitate this goal.

What are sober living homes?
What are sober living homes?

Many people in the early stages of recovery struggle to keep commitments and follow through on the actions needed for recovery. SpringBoard provides the needed context and support through scheduled programming, accountability, mentorship, coaching, self discovery, and house rules to empower our guests to thrive in their journey of recovery.

  • Morning meditation
  • Daily responsibilities
  • Personal Goal Setting
  • Daily 12 Step Meetings
  • Professional House Manager
  • Individual & group accountability
  • School, work or volunteering
  • Weekly progress meeting
  • Random drug screening
  • Nightly review of the day


SpringBoard believes that a home is a sanctuary and provides our guests a well appointed and luxurious setting.

Interior design and decor is centered on both comfort as well as instilling a sense of peace and calm. From luxury linens and towels to the state of the art entertainment, we leave no detail unaddressed.
  • Swimming Pool
  • Yoga Studio
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Coffee Service
  • Deluxe Outdoor Grill
  • Extensive Programming
  • Professional House Manager
  • Spacious, Upscale Residence

Additional Services

In addition to intensive 12 step involvement and our workshops and programming, we encourage all guests to participate in professional therapy and counseling appropriate to their individual needs. We offer a network of accredited and licensed professionals from various fields to help meet your individual needs.

  • Therapeutic referrals based on need
  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Individual therapy
  • Naturopathic counseling
  • Addiction health care professionals
  • Life coaching & mentorship

The first thing that caught my attention upon entering the house was the degree of cleanliness in every room.

– Robert D.

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Support for Recovering Drug and Alcohol Addicts After they Leave Rehab

It is no secret that drug and alcohol addiction are a problem in the state of Arizona. In fact, Arizona ranks higher than the national average when it comes to drug and alcohol addictions. There are more people who die of drug and alcohol related deaths than car accidents in the state. With the increasing rate of drug and alcohol abuse in the state it is important to have quality drug treatment facilities to help individuals suffering from substance abuse. A person who is suffering from substance addiction needs to have a safe place to go in order to recover from their health issues. SpringBoard Recovery is a drug and alcohol rehab facility located in Scottsdale, Arizona. We offer treatment services for anyone who is suffering from addiction.

Steps for Recovery

The first step in recovering from a drug and alcohol addiction is admitting that there is a problem. This may be through an intervention that is set up by the friends and family member of a person who is addicted to drugs and alcohol. During an intervention a person may finally admit that they have a problem and be more willing to receive the help that they need. A person may realize that they have an addiction problem on their own. When they can admit that they have a problem, they can then seek the help that they need from a recovery center such as SpringBoard Recovery. When a person is ready for help, the first step is often detox. This should be completed in a medical detox facility as this is the safest way to go through the detox process. A professionally trained medical staff will help a person through the detox process and supervise any side effects the person may have.
Detox - Rehab
Detox - Rehab

Once detox is completed, our staff at SpringBoard Recovery will then use a holistic approach to treating the individual. This approach takes into account the mind, body, and soul. In addition, our staff will also seek to find any underlying issues that may have caused a person to turn to drugs and alcohol for help.

At SpringBoard Recovery we believe a personalized approach to recovery is important as each individual is different and what may work for one person might not work for another. This is why an individualized plan will be created to help each patient that comes through the door.

The 12 step program is utilized at our treatment facility as it is a system that has been proven to work. A combination of cognitive and behavioral therapy, group therapy, and treatment of any underlying issues, is used to create the best course of action for a person trying to overcome their addiction.

Before going into sober living
Before going into sober living

What Happens After Treatment?

Perhaps one of the most important steps of recovery is what happens after treatment is completed. At SpringBoard Recovery we strive to provide our patients with the tools that they need to re-enter the real world and remain sober for the long term. However, for some people, going back to their previous life could be detrimental to their sobriety or may simply not be possible depending on their circumstances. It is for this reason that sober living homes have been developed throughout the state of Arizona. There are many sober living homes located throughout Arizona and these homes are located in a wide array of settings. There are sober homes located in metropolitan areas such as Phoenix or in cities such as Prescott that offer gorgeous landscapes. Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona and is known for the bright sunshine and blue skies. The temps in the city remain comfortably in the 70s during the winter months. Prescott offers a location that is 5200 feet above sea level and is surrounded by pine forests. No matter what type of scenery that you need, SpringBoard Recovery can help you find a sober living environment that is right for you.
Our alcohol recovery program allows you to keep work and family commitments while focusing on your sobriety.

Sober Living Housing Works

At SpringBoard Recovery we have found that sober living housing after leaving rehab is often the best choice for a recovering addict. Our recovery housing in Scottsdale provides a quality environment for adults who were chemically dependent. A home that is in a drug and alcohol free environment can help recovering addicts return to living more responsibly.
What causes relapse?
What causes relapse?

After completing a treatment program at SpringBoard Recovery, recovering drug or alcohol addicts that return to live in an unsafe or unsupportive environment put their sobriety at risk. This can make recovery quite difficult or possibly not attainable. The value of recovering addicts supporting each other is recognized as having some of the highest benefits when it comes to achieving and maintaining their long term sobriety.

At SpringBoard Recovery we truly believe that once a person is a patient at our recovery center, they are always a patient. The goal of our rehab center is to help everyone who enters our doors go on to lead a happier and healthier life. One of the ways to ensure that rehab is successful is to make sure a person has a sober living environment to go home to once they leave our facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sober Living?

Sober living homes give people in Arizona a safe place to live as they continue to focus on their recovery efforts. For many people in recovery, this is the optimal solution for them because the places they were living in are not conducive to abstaining from drugs or alcohol.

Sober living homes allow people to get the support they need without having to leave behind all of their responsibilities. For example, many people who live in these types of homes still have to go to work and pay rent to live there. There may be certain guidelines in place as far as when the residents are allowed to be gone. There may be curfews in place as well.

Some sober living homes provide their own in-house treatment programs for the residents. Others may have some community and therapeutic activities, but they require residents to attend an IOP or outpatient rehab program. They are all very different, but can be highly effective.

Who Can Benefit From a Sober Living Home?

Before entering a sober living home, it is highly recommended for you to go through an inpatient rehab program first. This will help you through withdrawal and provide you with the intensive therapy you need both in individual and group settings. Once that is completed, you may want to consider sober living if you:

  • Have a long history of relapsing.
  • Currently live with people who drink alcohol or use drugs regularly.
  • Fear going back to using if you continue to stay in the same living situation.
  • Are working on finding a new place to live, but you need something in the interim.
  • Have legal issues that require you to stay clean and sober.
  • Are homeless and need a healthy place to restart your life.

For many people in recovery, sober living serves as an excellent way to transition back into their normal, everyday lives. They benefit because of the positive atmosphere that is focused on staying clean.

Can You Bring Someone to Live With You at a Sober Living Home?

This is a great question, and there is no one right answer to it. When most people go to sober living homes, they go on their own. If they are married or living with someone else, it is generally not allowed for them to come as well. This is mainly to protect the privacy of the other residents and to maintain a culture of recovery within the home. But there are always exceptions.

There are some sober living homes that allow single parents to live there with their children. These are becoming less common in Arizona, but they are available. These types of homes can be a great option for parents who need additional support as they care for their families.

How do You Know if Sober Living is Right for You?

If you have finished an inpatient program, or you are about to, you are undoubtedly considering your options going forward. Perhaps you are enrolled in an intensive outpatient program, but your living situation remains up in the air. You may want to consider a sober living home.

A sober living home might be a great option for you if you:

  • Have already gone through rehab and detox.
  • Have already spent some time being sober prior to moving into the home.
  • No longer have any withdrawal symptoms.
  • Are willing to comply with the rules of the house.
  • Have a way to support yourself, including paying your own bills.

So many people have sober living homes to thank for their success in addiction recovery. It is a wonderful option for those who need it because it can truly set them up for long-term success.

How are Sober Living Homes Different From Other Types of Residential Programs?

There are several differences between residential addiction treatment programs and sober living homes. For one, sober living homes are much more loosely structured. This allows the residents to be able to get and hold down jobs and take care of any other outside obligations as well.

Patients attending residential programs like inpatient or long-term rehab carry very few responsibilities. In fact, they are only responsible for participating in therapy and complying by the rules of the facility. Sober living can be a great way to transition back into everyday life because it allows residents to have more responsibilities. They need to make sure they:

  • Get regular drug testing as needed.
  • Attend all of their appointments.
  • Get a job and keep it.
  • Make it to work on time.
  • Contribute to the house as agreed.

What Happens After Sober Living?

Once a person’s sober living home stay is coming to a close, it is important for them to remain recovery-minded. By that time, they will have learned so much about what it means to stay clean and sober and what is required for them to reach their recovery goals.

After staying in sober living homes, many people go on to rent their own apartments or even buy houses for themselves and their families. They are generally encouraged not to return to their former homes if they were previously living with people who used drugs and alcohol. Instead, they can get help to find new places to live where they can continue to live drug and alcohol-free.

As far as treatment goes, ongoing therapy is an absolute must for a person who is leaving a sober living home. Many residents participate in intensive outpatient programs, and they may wish to continue for a period of time afterward. They may also be ready to transition to an outpatient rehab that only requires weekly or bi-weekly therapy sessions. Participating with AA or NA meetings is always highly encouraged.

Most sober living homes are staffed by people who want nothing more than for residents to be successful. They can be a tremendous resource for people who are getting ready to move on to the next phase of their lives.

Do sober living homes offer in-house addiction treatment?

No. Most sober living homes prefer a person to have gone through some kind of addiction treatment before they move in to live at the home. Many people will still go do outpatient therapy sessions while living in a sober living home, but they are responsible for securing their own treatment.

How much does it cost to live in a sober living home?

There is no set cost to live in a sober living home but residents do have to pay rent to live there. Most states allow a maximum of 10 residents to live in a sober living home so this would have an effect on the rent each of them pays. It is also dependent on the mortgage of the house and the rent in the area where it is.

Will health insurance cover the cost of sober living?

No. Insurance only covers the cost of addiction treatment. Residents of sober living homes are expected to be financially independent. However, as different insurance plans vary, it would be best for a person to check with their insurance provider.

Do people have to go to rehab before they can move into a sober living home?

No. Most sober living homes do not put restrictions on who can apply to live in their houses but most residents have gone through a substance abuse rehab program. This makes the most sense considering the biggest rule for a sober living house is that the residents must stay sober.

How long can a person stay at a sober living home?

Someone who is a resident of a sober living home can stay as long as they need to. The goal is to help them feel like they can successfully live on their own without going back to their addiction. There is no required length of stay, but it is recommended that they stay for at least 30 days. The longer a person stays, the less likely they are to relapse.

What happens if a person relapses while staying at a sober living home?

Every Arizona sober living home has its own set of rules and consequences that will apply if those rules are broken. Some of them may have a process in place that will allow a relapsing individual to remain there as long as they get back on track. They may need to increase how much time they spend in treatment or have drug testing done more often, for example. But other homes may not be quite as lenient.

Some sober living homes may have a zero tolerance policy for any drug and alcohol use whatsoever. The relapsing individual may be forced to leave the home and find a different place to live. We wish we could say that no one ever relapses after entering into sober living. But it does happen.

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