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.

Addiction in scottsdale
Addiction in scottsdale

In the News: Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Arizona

Fox10 News reported that psychiatrist Rajeef Billing offered his patient marijuana and alcohol. His patient was in Billing’s home in Scottsdale, Arizona watching a boxing match when Billing offered him the drugs. The patient was reluctant to take the drugs because of fear of failing an upcoming drug test. He had to be tested regularly for drugs. However, Billing told the patient he would offer him a “bridge” which would delay the drug test and leave time for the drugs to leave his system. The patient then agreed to smoke marijuana. The patient felt safe that it would be out of his system by the time he would be tested for drug use again. It is reported that they went to a strip club. Billing and his patient later returned to Billing’s home and used cocaine. The patient was also given oxycodone. The police stated they found drugs and paraphernalia in Billing’s home. Billing has been arrested on 6 felony charges. The judge released him to pretrial services with an ankle monitor and curfew. Records show that Billing worked at “Second Chance Treatment Center.” He is a citizen of Canada. He is working in the United States on a work visa. He is being ordered to surrender his passport at his next court hearing.

Why is it Necessary to go to a Scottsdale, AZ Detox Program During Recovery?

Most people know that they will go through withdrawal when they stop using drugs and alcohol because they have experienced it before. But most of the time, they fail to recognize just how severe these symptoms can become. The withdrawal they have faced was actually quite mild because they had it from taking short breaks from using.

But withdrawal can be severe; especially for people who have been using substances for a long time. It can be difficult to cope with the symptoms and it is very easy to relapse just to get some relief from them.

Detoxing can help people by lessening the severity of withdrawal and even eliminating some symptoms altogether. For some types of drugs, withdrawal symptoms can become life-threatening if they are left untreated. We see this all the time with people who are recovering from abusing alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, stimulants and opioid drugs.

The drug and alcohol detoxification process may be required depending on the type of drug the person has been using. But they will be thankful they went through it. Treating the physical side of the addiction is critical and it can help them be more successful in rehab.

Substances that requiere detox
Substances that requiere detox

Common Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

There are several withdrawal symptoms that are common among most drugs. But really, the symptoms people have depend on what they are addicted to. When stopping the use of substances, people may experience any combination of the following:
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Feelings of self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems, such as insomnia or nightmares
  • Problems with focus and concentration
  • Problems with memory
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Trouble breathing
  • A racing heart rate
  • Heart palpitations
  • Blood pressure fluctuations
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • An upset stomach
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Excessive sweating
  • Muscle tension
  • Tremors
  • Muscle and body aches and pains
The dangers of withdrawal

Sometimes withdrawal can become extremely severe. People can experience seizures, strokes, heart attacks, delusions, hallucinations and psychosis.

Withdrawal is far more than just having cravings and urges to use, although that is a part of it as well. When many symptoms present themselves at one time, it can be extremely overwhelming and enough to make people go back to using. Detoxing can help them avoid that and it puts them on track for a successful recovery in the long-term.

What Happens During Drug and Alcohol Detox in Scottsdale?

It is normal to be nervous before entering into a detox program. A lot of people are simply because they do not know what to expect. It can help to have some insight into what happens during every step of the process.

Upon arriving at the treatment facility, the patient is first assessed to determine their needs. They meet with addiction recovery staff to discuss their reasons for seeking treatment. Afterward, they meet with a doctor for a physical exam and to talk about the need for detox. If the doctor agrees that they need it, they will start the program right away.

People who are addicted to prescription drugs like Oxycodone, Adderall or Xanax are typically placed on a medical taper. This allows them to take less and less of the drug over time. Medical tapers can help to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, and it can make the recovery process much smoother overall.

Medical and Holistic Detox Treatments

After or during tapering, the patient may be given medications to help with their symptoms. There are some drugs that are FDA approved to treat withdrawal for certain types of drugs. But it is also possible for doctors to opt to treat symptoms individually. For example, if a person is recovering from a benzodiazepine addiction, they may be given an anti-depressant to help with their anxiety.

Holistic treatment methods are also frequently used during the detoxification process. Making some dietary changes can improve the health of the kidneys and liver so they can process toxins more efficiently. Adding a new physical exercise routine can give the body the opportunity to release toxins through sweat. It also boosts endorphins, which offers a natural high that feels good and can contribute to their mental health.

How Many Detox Programs are There in Scottsdale?

The SAMHSA treatment locator tool indicates that there a total of 9 detox programs available within 5 miles of Scottsdale. There are 110 of them located throughout the state of Arizona. There are different types of detox programs available in the local area.

  • Three of them offer hospital inpatient detox and withdrawal treatment.
  • Three of them offer detoxification services on an outpatient basis.
  • Four of them provide their clients/patients with methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone treatments.
  • There are no residential detox programs located in Scottsdale.
  • One of them is a SAMHSA-certified opioid treatment program.

While we do not provide detox services at SpringBoard Recovery, we do offer referrals for clients who need them. It is important for people to choose a program they can trust and that only utilizes the most modern and safe detox techniques.

Types of Detox

How Much Does it Cost to go Through the Detoxification Process in Arizona?

Detoxing off drugs and alcohol should really only be done in an inpatient setting. Although there are options available for rapid and ultra-rapid detox, they might not always be the safest option for everyone.

The cost for drug and alcohol detox will vary by facility. As an inpatient, it may cost $5,000 or more. On an outpatient basis, it tends to be more affordable, but it can still be expensive.

Do Health Insurance Plans Cover Detox in AZ?

Fortunately, people who live in Arizona and who also have health insurance will find that their detox and withdrawal treatments are at least partially covered. Health insurance companies are required to provide benefits for addiction treatment, and that includes the detoxification process. This is made possible because of the Affordable Care Act, which became law in 2010.

At SpringBoard Recovery, we always verify our client’s insurance benefits so they understand them. We want them to know exactly what they will need to pay, and this allows us to maximize their coverage as well.

The cost of detox
The cost of detox

Detox in a Safe and Comfortable Environment

Our 12-step involvement program leans heavily on counseling and sober living. We give our customers the necessary therapy to combat their negative experiences in life. We have therapists ready to provide referrals to a reputable Scottsdale detox service the right way, with comprehensive, holistic treatment. And we also assist the patient in achieving success post-addiction.

SpringBoard Recovery offers several programs, including Outpatient Group and Individual Counseling Services, and Arizona Sober Living. Our addiction treatment programs will take you from the depths of substance abuse to successful rehabilitation.

Outpatient Counseling

Studies prove that outpatient counseling targets and discover the underlying causes of the patient’s addiction. After discovering them, outpatient counseling can begin.

Outpatient counseling is a therapy session that cultivates in the patient the necessary skills to cope with the substance abuse problem. These include the patient’s strengths and hobbies/interests and shall go against triggers or the things that down the patient emotionally. SpringBoard Recovery believes in these coping mechanisms because they shift the patient’s attention elsewhere.

Outpatient treatment works well when the patient has completed inpatient treatment and has a strong support system at home.

Individual Counseling

Probably the best thing about individual counseling is that you can bring other people into therapy. They can be educated more about what you are experiencing with your addiction. This will make them understand the gravity of what you are experiencing.

Addiction treatment through rehab is possible with individual counseling. Our therapists will always have something for the patient to do because we believe that recovery is best achieved through the patient’s interests. Drugs and alcohol may have taken a toll on their health, but it’s never too late to change.

Group Therapy

SpringBoard Recovery believes that no man is an island. Recovery can be achieved through affirmation from different people during discussions. Our therapist/s will set a theme for the group to tackle, with each member taking turns and pitching in their ideas.

Our website has several themes for salient points. You can talk about your addiction and how it has changed your relationships with people. Go over your strategies in overcoming your demons and your plans after checking out of rehab.

These agendas for therapy can be dealt with during the group session, but only if you are comfortable talking about them. You can always opt to pass as the topics are usually impromptu. Sometimes it’s even outside SpringBoard Recovery’s therapy. But once you talk about them, it’s a must to be confidential about it. Leave everything you discuss at rehab as your co-members will also do the same.

What are the Types of Therapy in Arizona Rehabs?

After detox, the patient’s treatment team will determine which types of therapy treatments are best for their patients. They will use assessments and medical examinations to determine which treatments would be the most beneficial. Here are some of the treatments that will be considered:
  • During Cognitive Behavioral Therapy a therapist works with patients to help them change their thought patterns and behaviors. CBT works very well with patients with drug addictions. It gives people better techniques for handling stress in their everyday lives. It helps to prevent them from going into relapse. It helps them manage their emotions better. It equips people to learn better communication skills with their loved ones. CBT can be highly effective on its own when medication is not a good option.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy was originally developed to help people cope with Borderline Personality Disorder. It is presently being successfully used to treat people with depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. It is also used to help people who have difficulty managing their emotions and people who struggle with impulsive behaviors. People struggling with drug and alcohol addiction can benefit from DBT treatment. DBT equips people to have a better handle on their emotions. It gives them tools they can use to change their behavioral responses to crisis situations which makes turning to drugs less likely.
  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment is needed when patients are dealing with an addiction and a mental illness. This is called having a co-occurring disorder, and both conditions will need to be treated by professionals. Mental illnesses can be effectively treated with the correct medicine and an accurate dose of that medicine. It is extremely important for patients to work with a psychologist to find the right medicine and accurate dosage of that medicine to effectively treat the mental condition. This may take some time and effort. They will also need to work with a therapist in order to discover why they have turned to the addiction rather than healthier options.  Behavioral treatments and medicines have been effective in treating people with dual-occurring diagnoses such as mental illness and substance abuse and addictions. These patients need group support and a therapist in order to fully recover from the addiction they have turned to in order to cope with difficult life situations. Individual therapy will help them gain awareness of unhealthy thought patterns so they can be replaced by healthier thought patterns and behaviors. They need coping tools to help them process their thoughts in a healthy manner.   Having healthy thought patterns will empower a recovering drug addict to remain on the journey to a healthy life free of drug abuse. With healthy thought patterns come healthier behaviors. Addicts will find that they will be able to remain sober because their thought patterns are no longer causing them to want to turn to drugs.
Therapy is a critical component of drug and alcohol addiction recovery. It allows people to learn what led to their substance abuse problems so they can truly heal.

Structured Sober Living

This program is the culmination and application of therapy in the patient’s life. We aim to highlight your growth and adaptation to your new life by easing the recovery struggle. SpringBoard Recovery offers meditation, daily responsibilities, setting goals, and reviewing how the day went at the end of the day. SpringBoard Recovery is not just a physical structure for liberation from addiction and alcoholism. It is home to progressive change because it shifts an addict’s life from nothing to something extraordinary through its activities.  These are masterfully planned to improve the life of an addict in the future. But Scottsdale detox does not end here. Sober living is just the beginning of the patient’s application of the things he or she has learned during therapy. If it’s hard, we are here to help you in any way we can. It is also our job to make your stay worth it, even for just a while. Our amenities are top-notch in delivering a calm, soothing, and relaxing experience. One patient has marveled at the cleanliness of the rehab’s rooms, which makes checking in an experience you can never forget.

Additional Services

Aside from the programs mentioned above, detox can also be acquired through the following.

  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Individual therapy
  • Naturopathic counseling
  • Addiction health care professionals
  • Life coaching and mentorship

About SpringBoard Recovery

We are located in Scottsdale, Arizona, and we have been treating addicts for many years now. As an addiction recovery center center, our mission is to provide you therapy that works best for you. We will not force you to do anything. All of our programs are centered on the needs and preferences of the patient.

If we sense that you are uncomfortable, we can take a break and ask you if you are ready to continue. We take no for an answer because yes is always the answer to the programs that we have for the patients.

We operate to fast-track the recovery process, detoxifying the patient before returning them outside rehab. All of our programs are centered on each person’s development because change starts from within. We cannot change the patient’s attitude if he or she is not willing to cooperate. Instead, we take things naturally and would only move if we see that the patient is ready to be transformed.

Alcoholism and excessive drug intake make it hard to come back strong again, but it is not impossible. But with our help, you can have the best Scottsdale detox programs without worrying about quality control. Our manner of intervening with the patient’s habits is a fluid approach to therapy, one that only we can pull off with high levels of success.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is It Safe to Seek Treatment During the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Scottsdale, Az Area?

SpringBoard Recovery aims to implement CDC guidelines to prevent an outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. We have implemented the following precautions to help maintain the health of our staff and patients:

  • Increased housekeeping wiping surfaces that are commonly touched by many people. Extra cleaning of bathrooms, living, and kitchen areas.
  • Staff have been asked to not enter the facility if they have exhibited symptoms of Covid19 such as a fever, persistent cough, difficulty breathing, etc. Also, if they know they have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid19.
  • Visitation will be limited and all necessary precautions are taken before visitors are permitted to come into the facility.
  • All new clients will be given a medical examination before entering the facility to determine that it is safe for them to be admitted to the facility.
  • All staff will remain consistent and diligent to wipe off surfaces in common areas.
  • Clients and staff continue to wash their hands often.
  • Staff have been asked to not to visit states that are on the list for not being safe to travel.
  • Clients will report any Covid-19 symptoms they may exhibit such as fever and difficulty breathing.
  • We will take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19. If one of our clients test positive, they will be removed from the facility. It is our goal for them to return to treatment when it is safe.

How do I Know if I Need to go Through Detox?

Not everyone who goes to an addiction treatment program will need to go through the detoxification process. But many people want to know if this type of treatment will be necessary for them when they do decide to get help.

First and foremost, you will need to determine if you have an addiction that needs to be treated. If you are abusing drugs or alcohol, but you are not yet addicted, you should not need to take this step. It is always a good idea to get a free professional assessment to help you decide what you need to do. The assessment should provide you with a recommendation regarding the best types of treatment to meet your needs.

If you do need treatment for an addiction, the next step is to determine if detoxing is recommended for you. It may not be if you are addicted to marijuana, hallucinogens or inhalants, for example. But if you are addicted to drugs like opioids, stimulants, benzodiazepines or alcohol, it will likely be required.

These drugs are extremely dangerous to stop using on your own. Detoxing can help protect you against any possible complications that can occur during the withdrawal phase.

Should I Opt for an Inpatient Detox Program?

Inpatient detox programs are highly recommended for anyone who needs detoxification services. It is possible to get these services through an outpatient clinic, but depending on the type of addiction you have, it could be dangerous.

There are so many potential complications that can arise when a person stops using certain types of drugs. For example, alcohol is readily available in stores to anyone who is old enough to buy it. That fact alone makes alcohol appear to be relatively safe, even though it can and does lead to addiction. When people stop drinking, they think they can quit without any type of consequences, but alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs to stop taking without professional support.

Delirium tremens is a type of alcohol withdrawal that can be fatal if it is not treated. It is characterized by seizures, hallucinations and delusions, as well as a long list of other symptoms.

Inpatient detox programs provide you with the best possible support. This type of treatment also reduces the risk of delirium tremens or any other possible complications.

What is a Medically Supervised Detox?

A medically supervised detox refers to a program that allows people to take medications and receive other types of medical treatment during withdrawal. This is what most experts recommend for anyone who goes through the detoxification process.

There are several medications that have been FDA approved to treat drug and alcohol withdrawal. These medications help by reducing the severity of symptoms and helping people better control their cravings.

It is also possible to take medications to treat certain symptoms of withdrawal specifically. For instance, if anxiety or depression is a symptom, a doctor may recommend an antidepressant to help.

Is it Possible to Detox Off Drugs or Alcohol at Home?

If you do a quick Google search, you will find all kinds of advice on how to detox off drugs at home. A lot of the advice these websites offer centers around natural methods like:

  • Drinking plenty of water.
  • Never going through detox by yourself.
  • Getting plenty of rest.
  • Using supplements and vitamins to improve your overall health.
  • Taking over-the-counter medications to help with your symptoms.

These all sound great, but the reality is that it can still be very dangerous to go through the detox process at home. You may also find drug detox kits for sale online or even at your local pharmacy. But please be forewarned that they are really not much more than a great marketing tactic. There is no proof that they are beneficial at all, and they could still put you at risk for complications as you go through withdrawal.

At SpringBoard Recovery, we do not recommend for anyone to go through detox at home. A person who is getting off drugs and alcohol needs the help of qualified professionals to make sure they can stop using safely.

Why is Detoxing Important for Addiction Recovery?

When you go through the detoxification process, you are actually addressing the physical side of your addiction. Detoxing is important for a number of reasons, including:

  • You will give yourself a much better chance of being successful in recovery long-term.
  • You are doing your best to protect yourself against any possible complications.
  • You will feel better faster because your withdrawal symptoms will be more controlled.
  • You will prepare your mind to learn what it needs to learn once you go to rehab.
  • You will be improving your overall health.

Withdrawal can be extremely hard to manage on your own. But help is available to make your recovery go much more smoothly.

Will My Health Insurance Cover Drug and Alcohol Detox?

Yes, your health insurance company is mandated by the Affordable Care Act to provide you with benefits to help cover the cost of drug and alcohol detox. This does not mean that it will pay for it in full. But it does mean that any out-of-pocket costs you are responsible for should be minimal.

It is always a good idea to have your insurance verified so you understand your benefits and coverage. This will help you plan for any amount that you will need to pay yourself.

What Happens After I Have Gone Through Detox?

Once you have gone through drug or alcohol detox, the next step is for you to continue to get support through rehab. Rehab is where you will address the psychological side of your addiction. You will learn why you started using in the first place and get help for the root cause.

Many people learn that their addictions were caused by co-occurring disorders or mental health issues that went undiagnosed for years. Rehab is a critical part of the recovery journey and it is a step that should never be skipped.

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