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I. Getting Help

What to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center

When thinking about which rehab programs and treatment options to explore, several good questions you should consider asking include:

Keep in mind that various factors can impact your rehab options, such as the severity of your addiction, your financial position, and your unique personal situation.

For more information on how to make all of these decisions, read our guide to Choosing the Right Rehab.

II. The Best Rehabs in Tucson, AZ

The cost of rehab can be high, depending on your needs and your specific location. Whether or not you have insurance coverage, several possibilities exist for you to find help breaking free of your addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 63 substance abuse treatment centers in the Tucson area. Many of these organizations strive to provide substance abuse recovery services to residents, regardless of their financial status. Out of these 63 rehabs, Amity Foundation Circle Tree Ranch has received the highest overall scores based on our five core metrics.

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We used these five core metrics to evaluate the quality of each facility. For more information, feel free to read a full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology.

1. Amity Foundation Circle Tree Ranch

With an overall score of 8.1 points out of 10 possible points, Amity Foundation Circle Tree Ranch scored the highest among all facilities we researched for its wide variety of treatment approaches and lengthy list of specialized programs designed for unique populations. Treatment approaches range from cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-related counseling to anger management to both 12-step facilitation and the Matrix Model for treating substance abuse. Special programs reach wide demographics, including persons who have experienced trauma or violence, military personnel and their families, LGBT clients, pregnant and postpartum women, clients referred from the court system, and transitional youth.

As part of its rehabilitation services, this center accepts clients on opioid medication and utilizes both Buprenorphine and Naltrexone in the treatment of addiction. With 34 ancillary services, including substance abuse education, HIV early intervention and education, domestic violence services, childcare for clients, and individual and couples counseling among its offerings, this organization takes a multi-faceted approach to helping clients to remain successful after they leave the program.

This center scored an 8.58 for the financial assistance it provides, and this high score is the result of the wide variety of acceptable payment options, including federal government benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, IHS/Tribal/Urban (ITU) funds, Access to Recovery (ATR) vouchers, as well as additional federally-funded programs for substance abuse. For clients with no access to government or private healthcare funds who are using self-payment, the center provides a sliding fee scale based on various factors, including income, as well as offering payment assistance upon request.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 5.39
  • Treatment Approaches: 10
  • Cost: 8.58
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 10
  • Ancillary Services: 7.56

2. CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, Inc. Alvernon

With a score of 5.5 points out of 10 points, The Alverson campus of CODAC received the highest marks for its variety of treatment approaches and ancillary services. Among the center’s 35 ancillary services are community outreach programs, assistance with social services, employment education and training, tobacco cessation support, counseling for individuals, married couples, groups and families, and more. The center’s offerings of treatment approaches include brief intervention approach, motivational interviewing and incentives, anger management, and relapse prevention.

Rehabilitation services are focused on providing medication-assisted treatment, and the center does accept patients currently on opioid medication. Special programs are somewhat limited at this center; however, those clients who have been victims of trauma or violence, have a co-occurring mental health issue, or are members of the LGBTQI community will find their needs met here.

Accepted methods of payment include private pay, Medicaid and Medicare, private health insurance, Access to Recovery (ATR) vouchers, and TRICARE. The center also offers a sliding fee scale for clients who pay privately and do not have access to health insurance or government funds.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 5.39
  • Treatment Approaches: 7.15
  • Cost: 4.29
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 3.08
  • Ancillary Services: 7.98

3. La Frontera Center Substance Abuse Outpatient Services

The La Frontera Center, scoring 5.1 out of 10 points, provides outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation services to adults and youth, and it accepts clients currently on opioid medication. The center scored highly in the category of ancillary services due to its over 20 offerings that include mental health screenings, social skills development, employment counseling and training, domestic violence services, individual and group counseling, and more.

Treatment approaches at this center are somewhat limited but still include both cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies, trauma-related counseling, relapse prevention, and several more options. Due to its primary focus on services for adult women and clients who have experienced trauma, the center scored lower for special programs targeted to unique demographics, although it does provide help to clients suffering from co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders and persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

La Frontera Center achieved a high score of 8.58 for its wide variety of flexible payment methods. For example, the center accepts private payment, Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, and TRICARE, as well as funding from other federal or state programs for substance abuse. For clients utilizing self-payment, the center provides a sliding fee scale based on various factors, including income. Payment assistance is also available upon request.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 3.08
  • Treatment Approaches: 5.72
  • Cost: 8.58
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 2.31
  • Ancillary Services: 7.14
Top-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Tucson
Rank Rehab Total Score Contact Information
#1 Amity Foundation Circle Tree Ranch 8.1 10500 East Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85749
Main Tel: 800-381-3318
#2 CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, Inc. Alvernon 5.5 630 North Alvernon
Tucson, AZ 85711
Main Tel: 520-327-4505
#3 La Frontera Center
Substance Abuse Outpatient Services
5.1 502 West 29th Street
Tucson, AZ 85713
Main Tel: 520-838-5600
Intake Tel: 520-884-9920
#4 Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (SEABHS) 4.8 611 West Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
Main Tel: 520-586-0800
Intake Tel: 877-756-4090
#5 Casa de los Niños 3.9 1120 North 5th Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
Main Tel: 520-624-5600
#6 La Frontera Center
East Clinic
3.8 4891 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
Main Tel: 520-296-3296
Intake Tel: 520-884-9920
#7 CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, Inc. Child & Family Services 3.5 1600 North Country Club
Tucson, AZ 85716
Main Tel: 520-327-4505

Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Tucson

Start by determining your coverage

In order to determine your best options for a rehabilitation center, you’ll need to learn about your health coverage. You can reach out to your private or healthcare marketplace insurance provider to discover which centers you are able to utilize. To determine if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to understand your eligibility, visit the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System website. No matter the type of coverage you have, insurance companies – both public and private – must cover substance abuse treatment for qualified individuals.

Use our database to find a treatment center near you

The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Arizona recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.

Schedule an assessment

If you are pursuing treatment that will have insurance coverage, your first step will likely be scheduling an assessment by a qualified individual, such as a counselor or a therapist. Most facilities provide assessments, or your primary care provider may be able to refer you. Contact companies in our database above to learn if they will provide this service.

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    What to Expect in Rehab

    Addiction treatment is a multifaceted industry, and practitioners in the field employ numerous techniques and philosophies. As a result, the science of studying addiction is constantly changing and improving. However, the core elements of rehabilitation are very similar.

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    For more on what to expect in rehab, read our guide on the addiction rehabilitation process.

    III. Finding Aftercare in Tucson

    The rehabilitation process is often a lifelong venture, and the chances of relapse increase without the proper aftercare upon release from a treatment facility. Many different aftercare options provide flexibility to the community, and these options range from follow-up visits for continued therapy to sober living homes to group therapy. Research illustrates that when those persons recovering from addiction engage in long-term participation of aftercare activities, it dramatically improves the outcome of their rehabilitation efforts.

    The 12-step process for recovering from alcohol addiction was created by Alcoholics Anonymous, also known as AA, a nationwide addiction support group. Today, many other resources follow a similar path, including Narcotics Anonymous, or NA, for those struggling with drug addiction.

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    Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you

    See our directory tool below to find local organizations that can help you find Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) group meetings in your area. Meeting times and locations can change periodically, so it is best to call before attending a meeting to ensure the online information is accurate.

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Database

    Name City Program Telephone Spanish Hotline
    Agua Fria Intergroup Peoria AA (623) 937-7770;(623) 937-7836 N/A
    CAN Area NA CAN Area (Bullhead City, Kingman) NA (928) 768-6467 N/A
    Central Mountain Intergroup Cottonwood AA (928) 646-9428 N/A
    Cochise County Dist 02-200 Answering Svc Sierra Vista AA (866) 780-9758;(520) 459-0031 N/A
    East Valley Intergroup Inc. Mesa AA (480) 834-9033 N/A
    Flagstaff Intergroup Central Office Flagstaff AA (928) 779-3569 N/A
    Kingman Intergroup Kingman AA (800) 864-1606 N/A
    Lake Havasu City Intergroup Lake Havasu City AA (877) 652-9005 N/A
    Navapache Area NA Navapache Area (Show Low, Holbrook, Snowflake, St John's, Springerville) NA (928) 368-7286 N/A
    Oficina Intergrupal Tucson AA N/A (520) 622-5112
    Payson Area NA Payson Area NA N/A N/A
    Phoenix, West & East Valley Tri-Area NA Phoenix, West & East Valley Tri-Area NA (480) 897-4636 N/A
    Prescott Area Intergroup Association Prescott AA (928) 445-8691 N/A
    Rim Country Intergroup Payson AA (928) 474-3620 N/A
    River Cities Central Office Bullhead City AA (928) 763-4499;(800) 864-1606 N/A
    Salt River Intergroup,Inc. Phoenix AA (602) 264-1341;(602) 264-1374 N/A
    South Central Area NA South Central Area (Casa Grande) NA (520) 426-0121 N/A
    South Eastern Arizona Area NA South Eastern Arizona Area (Tucson) NA (520) 881-8381 N/A
    Tucson Area Intergroup Inc. Tucson AA (520) 624-4183 N/A
    Verde Valley Area NA Verde Valley Area (Flagstaff & Tuba City) NA (928) 255-4655 N/A
    Verde Valley Area NA Verde Valley Area (Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Jerome, & Sedona) NA (928) 634-2119 N/A
    West Valley Area NA West Valley Area (Phoenix Metro) NA (480) 897-4636 N/A
    Yavapai Area NA Yavapai Area (Prescott) NA (800) 698-5148 N/A
    Yuma Area NA Yuma Area NA 928.502-2201 N/A
    Yuma Intergroup Yuma AA (928) 782-2605 N/A

    Sober Living Homes

    Sober living homes, also sometimes referred to as recovery residences, strive to encourage the independence of recovering addicts and help them to evolve into functional members of society, all while helping these residents to maintain their sobriety. The supportive and positive environment of a sober living home is particularly helpful to addiction recovery, and recovery efforts of residents benefit from a community that has a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Research shows that persons who integrate into a community that incentivizes productivity, especially the cultivation of skills necessary for finding stable employment and building healthy relationships, encourages those persons to break free of the cycle of substance abuse and, instead, focus on building a life outside of their addiction.

    Residents of sober living homes are expected to care for their homes as if they were renting, and so chores are often assigned, as well as rent costs. Support groups in each home are based on house principles, and attendance is usually mandatory. Residents are typically welcome to stay from a few months to several years, given they follow all rules and maintain sobriety in line with the  zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy of the home.

    You can find sober living homes in Tucson by checking our database, or you can select the appropriate filter from our tool above. Alternatively, you can head to our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them, as well as search for a certified recovery residence in your area.

    IV. Substance Abuse in Tucson

    Pima County exceeds the state average for opioid and opioid-related deaths

    Identified as a major public health issue for Pima County, substance abuse continues to impact the health and safety of its residents. In 2016, there were more deaths in the county attributed to drug overdoses than deaths from car accidents, firearms, and suicides combined. Pima County averaged 15.7 opioid/opioid-related deaths for every 100,000 residents in 2016, more than double the state average of 7.0 opioid/opioid-related deaths for every 100,000 residents. Furthermore, deaths specifically due to prescription opioids averaged 9.2 for every 100,000 residents in Pima County – again, more than doubling the state average of 5.0 prescription opioid deaths for every 100,000 residents.

    15.7

    opioid overdoses per 100,000 Pima County residents, 2016

    7.0

    opioid overdoses per 100,000 Arizona residents, 2016

    In 2017, the Governor of Arizona declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. In turn, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released the Opioid Overdose Epidemic Response Report outlining the critical steps to be taken within the state to combat this crisis. However, although Pima County has developed a strategic action plan to support the ADHS report, deaths from opioids and other drugs continue to rise.

    Alcohol is the most prevalent substance abuse issue in Pima County

    17%

    of Pima County residents self-reported excessive drinking, 2016

    13%

    of U.S. residents self-reported excessive drinking, 2016

    Excessive alcohol consumption continues to pose a public health and safety issue for the residents of Pima County. At the same time, the wide acceptance of alcohol within society can easily lead to excessive use. Excessive alcohol consumption is defined as five or more drinks in a day for men and four or more drinks a day for women. Based on County Health Rankings, 17% of Pima County residents reported engaging in excessive drinking in 2016, a percentage equal to the percentage of Arizona state residents partaking in excessive drinking but higher than the 13% of U.S. residents participating in this dangerous behavior.

    Pima County sees slightly fewer drug and alcohol-induced deaths than the national average

    12.20%

    of Pima county deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    12.71%

    of U.S. deaths caused by drugs and alcohol

    Between 2008 and 2017, there were 12,102 deaths induced by drugs and/or alcohol in Pima County. This number is 12.20% of the total number of deaths among all ages during the same time period in the county. While this percentage is slightly less than the national average of 12.71%, it still represents a significant number of deaths being attributed to drugs and alcohol abuse in Pima County.

    Drug and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Pima County Between 2008 and 2017
    0-17 18+ All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths in Pima County 16 9,446 9,462
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Pima County 2 2,638 2,640
    Total Deaths in Pima County 1,218 97,945 99,163
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Pima County 1.48% 12.34% 12.20%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    Key Indicators of Substance Abuse

    Collecting data on exactly how communities are affected by substance use disorders can be complicated because people are sometimes reluctant or embarrassed to be honest about their addictions for many reasons. Nevertheless, we can consider several data points to understand the larger impact of substance abuse in Tucson. Studying statistics from sectors such as homelessness rates and alcohol-impaired motor vehicle accidents across the area can provide a broader view of the substance abuse issues that impact Tucson.

    Substance abuse has decreased among the Pima County homeless population

    Although Pima County represents 15% of Arizona’s overall population, it accounts for 23% of the state’s homeless population. However, Pima County officials have taken steps to reduce the homeless population, and, as a result, the county has witnessed an encouraging decrease in its homeless population from 1,765 in 2016 to 1,372 in 2019. Unfortunately, the number of unsheltered homeless persons rose from 21.5% to 26.3% of the total homeless population during the same three-year period.

    While a connection continues to exist between substance abuse and the homeless population, county initiatives to reduce substance abuse among homeless persons appear to have had moderate success as well. In 2016, 460 persons within Pima County’s homeless population were reported to suffer from a substance use disorder, compared to 304 persons in 2019, a decrease of 33.91%.

    Pima County Homeless Population and Related Substance Abuse, 2016-2019
    Year Total Homeless Sheltered Unsheltered Substance Abuse Reported (18+) % of Substance Abuse Reported
    2016 1,765 1,384 381 460 26.06%
    2017 1,574 1,189 385 441 28.02%
    2018 1,380 1,107 363 351 25.43%
    2019 1,372 1,068 361 304 22.15%
    Percent Change -22.27% -22.83% -5.25% -33.91% -15.00%

    Source:Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness PIT Reports, 2016-2019

    Alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents and fatalities fell slightly in Pima County

    The Healthy Pima Initiative, a task force intended to focus on and improve public health, was  instituted by Pima County in 2015. The Community Needs Assessment that is part of this initiative identified binge drinking as a significant factor contributing to alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents and sought to identify ways to discourage this trend. These efforts had some slight success, as the number of motor vehicle accidents attributed to alcohol impairment declined by 4.68%, from 641 in 2014 to 611 in 2018. Similarly, fatalities resulting from alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents decreased 5.13%, from 39 in 2014 to 37 in 2018.

    During the same time period, the number of calls to which the Pima County Sheriff’s Department responded for driving under the influence dropped by 20.77%. According to police records, officers responded to 828 such calls in 2018, significantly less than the 1,045 calls in 2014.

    Total Motor Vehicle Accidents Total Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents Total Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Fatalities
    2014 9,367 641 39
    2015 10,048 698 40
    2016 11,646 672 30
    2017 11,707 672 36
    2018 10,739 611 37

    Source: Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Crash Studies, 2014-2018

    V. Take Action

    Multiple resources are available in Tucson and the surrounding area for those persons struggling with substance dependency. Use our tool to discover a rehabilitation center near you that can assist in determining your insurance coverage and your rehabilitation needs. Many low-cost centers can help, even if you don’t have insurance or feel you are unable to afford treatment.