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SpringBoard Recovery was born from the passion and personal experience of its founders. We understand the real-world challenges of early recovery and are here to help and we are passionate about helping our clients lead balanced, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

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SpringBoard Recovery provides drug and alcohol addiction rehab for people across the country, including San Diego, California. We also offer recovery housing services to our clients. Our priority is helping people get the best care to break their addictions. We are in great standing with the Better Business Bureau. We are also accredited with The Joint Commission. This shows our dedication to having the highest standards of care.

“SpringBoard is a place that takes a very nurturing and caring approach with our patients while providing excellent clinical work and recovery and life skills. We create a family feel and personalized relationships with our patients.”

-Jason Bordonaro Executive Leadership Team

Traveling to Arizona for Rehab From San Diego, California

Attending drug and alcohol rehab close to home may not always be the best option for people. Traveling for rehab has become more common in the last few years, and Arizona is a fantastic place to go. SpringBoard Recovery is in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is just a five and a half hour drive from San Diego, but still far enough away for privacy.

People can have a variety of reasons to travel out-of-state for addiction recovery. Some reasons people may choose to travel for rehab include:

  • Some people may need a higher level of privacy because they have public positions or jobs.
  • Some people may need to stay away from bad influences so they are not tempted to start using again while they are in recovery.
  • Some people may have health insurance that is not in-network with local programs and can not afford the out-of-pocket expenses.
  •  Some people may need to be far away from home so it is not as easy to quit a rehab program
  • Some people may want treatment options that are not available at local rehab facilities, like holistic options.

Does Health Insurance Cover Rehab?

Each health insurance plan is different, but they are required to provide some kind of coverage for substance abuse recovery. Many do offer benefits for out-of-state addiction treatment programs. SpringBoard Recovery works with most major insurance companies so we can provide care to people across the United States.

It is best for people to find out what coverage is available before starting a program. At SpringBoard Recovery, we can verify benefits for anyone before they come. This allows us to give them the most complete recovery experience possible.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics

Drug and alcohol abuse remains a problem across the United States. With San Diego County being the second-most populated county in California a lot of substance abuse happens locally. The San Diego 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment combines data from seven hospitals in San Diego. The statistics show:

  • Emergency department discharges for acute substance use:
    • 2014- 78.1 ED visits per 100,000 people.
    • 2015- 93.8 ED visits per 100,000 people.
    • 2016- 118 ED visits per 100,000 people.
  • Inpatient discharges for acute substance use:
    • 2014- 32 people were hospitalized per 100,000 people.
    • 2015- 33.3 people were hospitalized per 100,000 people.
    • 2016- 26.1 people were hospitalized per 100,000 people.
  • Emergency department discharges for chronic substance use:
    • 2014- 4.5 ED visits per 100,000 people.
    • 2015- 13.8 ED visits per 100,000 people.
    • 2016- 29.7 ED visits per 100,000 people.
  • Inpatient discharges for chronic substance use:
    • 2014- 11 people were hospitalized per 100,000 people.
    • 2015-16.2 people were hospitalized per 100,000 people.
    • 2016- 32.6 people were hospitalized per 100,000 people.
  • Emergency department discharges for opioid misuse increased by 267.2% from 2014-2016.
  • Inpatient discharges for opioid misuse increased by 239.3% from 2014-2016.
  • The largest increase in ED and inpatient discharges from  2014-2016 was in people over the age of 65.
  • 63% of those surveyed believe that behavioral health is worsening in San Diego County.
  • 20% of adults 18 years of age and older self-reported excessive alcohol use.
  • The top five health concerns affecting the county of the people surveyed are:
    • 1. Alcohol Use Disorder
    • 2. Mood Disorders
    • 3. Substance Use Disorder
    • 4. Anxiety
    • 5. Opioid Use

The San Diego County Sheriff’s department reported 774 people were arrested for impaired driving in 2020. More than 400 people had been arrested for impaired driving before July of 2021. Impaired driving is not just alcohol, it includes driving under the influence of prescription drugs and marijuana.

From June 26 to the 27th 2021, San Diego Police had a DUI checkpoint. The checkpoint went from 10 pm Saturday to 3 am Sunday. Over 1600 vehicles passed through. Seven drivers were arrested for DUI.

In an article dated June 29, 2021, from The San Diego Union-Tribune, 60 people were charged in a massive methamphetamine distribution network bust based in San Diego. This organization was connected to a Mexican cartel and supplied tons of meth to distributors across the US. The investigation began in 2020 and resulted in 220 pounds of meth, $250,000, and 90 guns being seized by law enforcement.


Getting and staying sober is very challenging, but with the right support network and tools, it's completely attainable.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

The SAMHSA treatment locator tool shows 60 drug and alcohol treatment facilities located within 10 miles of San Diego, California. These facilities offer various levels of care, including:

  • 4 hospital inpatient detox programs
  • 9 outpatient detox programs
  • 11 outpatient methadone or naltrexone programs
  • 36 outpatient treatment programs
  • 8 partial hospitalization programs
  • 22 intensive outpatient treatment programs
  • 23 long term residential programs
  • 13 short term residential programs
  • 7 sober living homes
  • 23 programs provide telehealth services

What to Expect During Rehab

Going to rehab for the first time can make someone nervous. We want to help people understand what to expect. Not everyone going to rehab from San Diego will need to go through all of the following parts of recovery. The best thing to do first is to talk to a professional to find the best treatment options before attending rehab.

Detox Programs

For most people the first step in addiction recovery is detox. Detox happens when all of the drugs or alcohol move out of a person’s body after they stop using the substance. Going to a detox program helps monitor withdrawal symptoms that can happen. Sometimes these withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous. Types of detox programs can include:

Inpatient Rehab

After the detox process, people need to start some kind of therapy to understand why they were using drugs or alcohol. Detox does not cure addiction. Understanding why someone was using allows them to change their behavior to stay sober.

The highest level of care is inpatient rehab. During this time patients live in the facility full time; sleeping, eating and attending therapy. This lasts for twenty-eight days. After this time people will probably need some continuing therapy to maintain sobriety.

Outpatient Rehab Programs

Some people may go to outpatient rehab programs after inpatient rehab. Some people may start with a higher-level outpatient rehab program. Each person has different challenges during recovery. Talking with a rehab professional helps find the correct program for each case.

There are different levels of outpatient rehab available:

  • Partial Hospitalization Programs  (PHPs) Are the highest level of outpatient rehab. They meet five to seven times each week for several hours each day.
  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are less involved than PHPs. They meet several times a week for a couple of hours. IOPs are often in the form of group therapy.
  • Traditional outpatient therapy is the least involved level of outpatient therapy. Most people have sessions once a week, but there is always the option to do more if needed.

Additional Recovery Options

12-Step Programs and Support Groups

12-Step groups are local peer support groups, they do not have professional therapy. The most common are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. SMART Recovery is another support group, but it is not based on the 12-step principles. There are many meetings available in or near San Diego, California:

Sober Living Homes

Sober living homes are a great tool available to people recovering from substance addiction. These are residences specifically for people in recovery where no drugs or alcohol are allowed. Residents are required to continue outpatient therapy outside the residence.

Some sober living homes may require people to pay rent and help with household chores. This is a great option for people to have a job and maintain sobriety while continuing therapy. SpringBoard Recovery has sober living homes available to people who come to us for help.


Our treatment programs are custom tailored to your specific needs. One phone call is all it takes to start your recovery from drug & alcohol dependency

More Information About Treatment

The SpringBoard Recovery process is easy.

  1. Verify Insurance- this can be done by filling out the online form or by talking to one of our representatives.
  2. Meet with one of our qualified clinicians to create a treatment plan that meets your needs.
  3. Stay at one of our fantastic sober living properties in Arizona
  4. Complete your recovery treatment program

At SpringBoard Recovery, we work with people across the entire country to connect them with the recovery treatment they need. Traveling to Arizona can be a great option for anyone looking to end an addiction. Please contact us today to get started.

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