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Phoenix, the capital of Arizona and the largest city in the state, rests in the Sonoran Desert. This city of roughly 1,626,000 people is considered by many to be the heart of the metropolitan area referred to as the Valley of the Sun. As the name suggests, Phoenix and the areas around it are known for year-round sunshine and warm temperatures.

Surrounded by mountains, this city is also flanked by farmland and Native American reservation lands. Phoenix has a rich history and boasts cultural attractions that engage residents and visitors alike. But despite the beautiful landscape and vibrant city life, far too many residents of Phoenix and Maricopa County are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.

Phoenix Addiction Treatment

Every person’s history of addiction is different, and so is their life. Because of this, the most effective Phoenix drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs are individualized. These programs provide care that is customized to a person’s unique needs and circumstances.

A person’s path to recovery may include the following services:

  • Intervention services
  • Drug and alcohol detox programs
  • Inpatient addiction treatment
  • Outpatient addiction treatment
  • Aftercare and alumni services

A number of Phoenix drug and alcohol rehab programs offer specialized treatment programs that appeal to people with specific lifestyles or needs, such as:

  • Dual diagnosis
  • Gender-specific
  • Holistic
  • Luxury
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Professional/executive
  • Religious or faith-based

During rehab, a variety of treatments and therapies may be used to help a person overcome the mental, emotional and behavioral elements of addiction. This could include behavioral therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as complementary and alternative services like acupuncture or yoga.

Phoenix Intervention Services

Sometimes it can be difficult for a person to see that they need help. Professional Phoenix intervention services can assist friends and family members in planning and conducting an intervention to get their loved one into a treatment program.

Phoenix Drug And Alcohol Detox Programs

Phoenix medical detox programs, either in an inpatient or outpatient setting, help a person to safely and more comfortably withdrawal, commonly by the aid of medications.

Phoenix Inpatient Addiction Treatment

Phoenix inpatient drug rehab programs provide a residential environment where a person can access intensive therapies and treatments that are aimed at building a strong and sober life. Inpatient programs often provide better access to these therapies and treatment clinicians. This can give a person a greater chance of lasting, successful recovery.

Phoenix Outpatient Addiction Treatment

Outpatient care serves multiple purposes in addiction treatment. This level of care can work as a standalone treatment for addiction, however, some people need more intensive care than only an outpatient program. Outpatient care can also be used to help a person who fears they might relapse or as a follow-up to an inpatient treatment program.

Phoenix Aftercare And Alumni Services

Once a person completes a treatment program, it’s important for them to maintain the sober living skills they learned in rehab. Phoenix aftercare and alumni support programs can help a person stay centered and successful in their recovery. These options may include:

  • Community-based peer support groups
  • Online recovery resources and support groups
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Sober living homes

Signs Of Addiction

Frequent drug use can change a person’s brain. These changes can create physical side effects or signs of a substance use disorder. The most major signs of addiction are:

  • Tolerance: The amount of drug a person typically uses no longer creates the feelings they seek. Instead, they find they need to increase the dose to find the desired effect.
  • Dependence: A person’s body begins to rely on the drug’s chemical influence and cannot function normally without it.
  • Cravings: A person experiences an overwhelming urge to find and use a drug.
  • Withdrawal: A physically dependent person will likely become sick if they quit or drastically reduce the dose they normally take.

When a person uses a drug, they often begin to act in uncharacteristic ways. Signs of use or addiction could include when a person:

  • Cannot stop or reduce their drug or alcohol use, even when they want to.
  • Continues to use a substance, even when it is causing harm to their mental health, physical health, relationships, job or schooling.
  • Loses interest in hobbies, events, and activities that were previously important to them.
  • Pushes away close friends and family members and adopts new “friends” (drug-abusing peers).
  • Begins to act in secretive ways or becomes defensive when questioned about their substance use.

How To Pay For Phoenix Addiction Treatment

Many people are concerned by the cost of treatment, but what they may not know is that a variety of options exist that could help them pay for a portion or all of the cost. One of the best resources is insurance coverage. Phoenix Insurance

In Phoenix, the following health insurance companies may offer benefits that cover the cost of addiction treatment:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company
  • Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, Inc.
  • Health Net of Arizona
  • Humana
  • United Healthcare

If a person doesn’t have insurance, or if they need help beyond their coverage limits, then scholarships and grants, assistance from close friends and family, financing options and sliding-scale fees could help cover some of the difference.

Phoenix Addiction Treatment Program Length

Just as the appropriate type of addiction treatment program is different from person to person, the length of treatment can also vary.

A clinical assessment can help a person determine what length of treatment is right for them. People who have medical concerns or a co-occurring mental health disorder may find greater success in a longer program.

Short-term addiction treatment lasts 28 to 30 days, but in addition to this a person may enroll in treatment lasting:

  • 60 days
  • 90 days
  • 120 days

Long-term drug or alcohol addiction treatment may last a year or more.

Traveling For Addiction Treatment

While it may seem easier to seek treatment close to home, this doesn’t always provide the best options or access to individualized treatment that many people need. Looking for a program out of state may seem overwhelming, but often it creates an opportunity for treatment that helps many people thrive.

Long-distance treatment can offer:

  • A change of scenery that can be inspiring
  • Greater privacy and anonymity
  • Protection against relapse triggers that exist at home or in a person’s community

It’s also harder to leave these programs and return home, a fact that can increase treatment retention rates and a person’s level of commitment to the program.

Phoenix Substance Use Statistics

Like much of the nation, Phoenix is being hit hard by an opioid epidemic. Opioid drugs such as heroin, illicit fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues are of increasing concern across the state and metro Phoenix area.

Counterfeit OxyContin Responsible For Deaths In Phoenix

From late 2015 to early 2017, 32 people in the metro Phoenix area died after taking counterfeit OxyContin pills. While OxyContin (oxycodone) is itself a dangerous and highly addictive drug, these pills were laced with fentanyl, an even more dangerous opioid drug.

Large amounts of counterfeit oxycodone appear to be moving through the state, with 30,000 pills confiscated in a drug bust in August of 2017 in nearby Tempe, also in Maricopa County.

Illicit Opioid Drugs In Phoenix

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Phoenix field office was the first in the country to see a rise in heroin and illicit fentanyl. The DEA believes this is largely due to the Sinaloa drug cartel, one of the most dangerous criminal organizations of its kind.

In the spring of 2018, the DEA reported that Arizona had its first carfentanil overdose, an event that occurred in late 2017. Carfentanil is a powerful fentanyl analogue that is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and 5,000 times more potent than heroin.

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Drug And Alcohol Addiction In Phoenix

In addition to alcohol, the following drugs are frequently used in Phoenix. The dangers of substance use vary by drug, but in general, a person could experience addiction, overdose, and physical and mental health problems.

Phoenix Illicit Drug Use

With its proximity to the Mexican border, a growing surge of illicit drugs is making their way into the homes of Arizonans, including heroin and illicit fentanyl. In addition to these drugs, the following illegal drugs are used in Phoenix:

  • Cocaine (including crack)
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA (ecstasy/molly)
  • Methamphetamine
  • Synthetic cannabinoids (“fake weed”)

Phoenix Prescription Drug Use

Using a prescription in any way other than as intended is drug use, and so is using someone else’s prescription. Many forms of prescription drug use can lead to severe addiction and withdrawal symptoms, including the following medications.


  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Temazepam (Restoril)

Prescription opioid painkillers:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Methadone (Dolophine, Methadose)
  • Morphine (Duramorph, MS Contin)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)

Prescription stimulant ADHD medications:

  • Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)
  • Dextroamphetamine/amphetamine (Adderall)
  • Methylphenidate (Concerta and Ritalin)
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)

Drug Offenses And Sentencing In Phoenix

In Arizona, the most frequent reason prisoners are incarcerated is for drug offenses. This trend is largely echoed by the number and type of convictions in the Phoenix area.

According to court records, the top three charges presented in court in Maricopa County are:

  • Drug paraphernalia – possession/use
  • Dangerous drug – possession/use
  • Marijuana – possession/use

Access to addiction treatment in jail and prison can be scarce. One possible way of preventing some of these charges and the impact they have on individuals and their families and families are making comprehensive treatment more accessible.

Vertava Health provides compassionate, research-based treatment at multiple locations across the United States. Expertly trained addiction specialists are committed to helping a person’s body and mind to heal as they work to build a sober life.

Contact Vertava Health now for more information on Phoenix addiction treatment options.