Drug Treatment for Opiates

Some of the common opioid prescription medications are as follows:

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Morphine
  • Codeine

Opiate dependence and addiction often starts with legally prescribed medication for pain relief. Recent research reveals a connection between opioid painkiller abuse and the initiation of heroin use. A 2013 study showed that those who had previously used opioid prescription drugs were 19 times more likely to begin using heroin in the 12 months prior to the study. As many as 4 out of 5 new heroin users in the study had previously abused opioids. There is an undeniable correlation between the two drugs, and people often choose heroin as an alternative to opioids because it is less expensive and more accessible.

From Addiction to Recovery

Fully recovering from drug addiction means so much more than just removing drugs from a person’s life – true recovery means better health, the ability to receive and give love, and to live with peace and joy. At Sabino Recovery, we employ diverse therapy methods that are grounded in neuroscience to provide you with your unique path to treatment. Addiction can be complicated. Only by understanding the cause are we able to effectively treat alcohol abuse and addiction.

Your program is uniquely yours

Living a healthy, sober life requires careful assessment and comprehensive treatment. High-quality, effective treatment cannot be improvised. We craft a targeted, individualized treatment plan for you only after thoroughly assessing and understanding the ways that drug addiction has impacted you. Our program works to address not only the behavioral symptoms but the core issues driving these behaviors.

Neuroscience-Based

Willpower is impossible when the brain is hijacked by drugs. The good news is, your brain is resilient and so are you. The treatment program at Sabino Recovery is designed to take advantage of neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections. These new connections lead to lasting recovery through healthy decision-making, optimism, hope, and trust.

For some, using alcohol and drugs is a way of medicating difficult emotions, experiences, and memories that are often connected to past trauma. Some people also have a genetic component that may predispose them to addiction. The resulting damage to their lives, relationships, and careers leave lasting scars. Regardless of the cause, alcoholism and drug addiction commonly co-occur with other disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Naturopathic & Allopathic Approach

At Sabino Recovery, we believe that full recovery can only happen when we help our residents using a whole-being approach. We attend to every aspect of what it means to be human – body, mind, and spirit. Our program is specifically designed to help individuals find their inner strength and purpose by reconnecting with their bodies and their health so they no longer have to depend on alcohol or drugs to live.

In addition to the clinical and psychotherapeutic modalities that we offer, our holistic program includes a general lifestyle reboot. This includes:

  • Wholefoods philosophy
  • Health assessment that utilizes lab testing with naturopathic interpretation
  • Sleep study if an individual continues to struggle with sleep after the acute withdrawal phase
  • Tools to address the underlying issues that contributed to substance use
  • Treatments such as massage and acupuncture that balance the nervous system
  • Opportunities for daily exercise
  • Connection and fun with others

Sabino Recovery utilizes both naturopathic medicine and allopathic, or Western medicine. With nutraceuticals, residents can often heal without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. We also provide allopathic psychiatric and psychological services. The two medicinal philosophies are not in conflict but work closely together to provide residents the maximum benefits of medical care.

Naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer a person that is recovering from a recent addiction. It is customized to each individual’s needs. For instance, a person’s predominant struggle may be with anxiety, insomnia, or low energy. Another person may have all of these issues. The naturopathic physician’s toolbox consists of specialized testing, herbal treatments, amino acid supplementation, vitamin support, and homeopathic remedies.

People that have been using opiates may feel blunted after the discontinued use of these drugs. Nutraceuticals can help with mood support and may include 5 Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). This is an amino acid that is a precursor to the neurotransmitter Serotonin, which has multifaceted and important functions in the brain, including mood regulation. The neurotransmitter Dopamine is involved in the brain’s reward pathways. Dopamine levels may be supported by the addition of DL-Phenylalanine.

Integrative Therapies

Each integrative therapy is a critical part of our clinical program. The quantity and variety of integrative therapies that we offer allow us to individualize each person’s treatment plan as well as provide additional support for resident healing.

Some examples of our Integrative offerings are:

  • EMDR
  • Equine Therapy
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Outdoor and Adventure Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Yoga

Healthy, Delicious Food

In recovery, nutrition is important. Those suffering from the effects of trauma and addiction often suffer from poor nutrition by either not eating enough throughout the day or by eating foods that are nutrient-poor. Unhealthy eating can exacerbate the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and lack of sleep, all of which can also put one at risk of continued substance abuse.

What we feed our body, feeds our soul. Food is one of the first ways in which we experience being cared for and loved by another. With that in mind, Chef Tommy creates healthy, satisfying comfort food from scratch using only fresh ingredients. He and his team take pride in the important part they play in each resident’s recovery.

Healing Environment

Along with our loving, kind staff who work as a team to customize your treatment plan, you will experience the healing desert. We are situated on 100 acres of breath-taking beauty in Tucson, Arizona at the base of the Catalina Mountains. The desert landscape is relaxing, peaceful, and calming. The skies are magnificent and we have sunshine 225 days a year. If you have been working hard trying to control your addiction or keep your trauma at bay, this is a safe place to stop the pain and work on your issues.


As you walk along the desert path to the horse corral in the morning for horse care or participate in our Equine Therapy program, you can dream of a cleaner, simpler, better life for you and your loved ones. With empathetic experts working on your treatment plan, we will find the resources to make that new life a possibility.