Alcohol Rehab Center

Alcoholism is a complex issue and everyone follows their own treatment trajectory. For some people, drinking alcohol is a way of self-medicating difficult emotions, experiences, and memories that are often connected to past trauma and other mental health disorders. For more information on co-occurring disorders, please see our page covering dual-diagnosis.

For other people, there is a genetic factor that predisposes them to alcohol addiction. Regardless of the cause, alcoholism inflicts pain that is widely felt. It can result in damage to the person’s relationships, career, and health. It can leave lasting scars such as feelings of isolation and the inability to connect with others.

If left untreated, alcohol addiction is progressive and potentially fatal. No matter the cause of alcoholism, each person requires careful assessment and comprehensive treatment for the chance to live a healthy, sober life.

The Link Between Trauma and Alcohol Abuse

Several research studies, including this publication by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, are uncovering the link between trauma and alcoholism. By some estimates, over two-thirds of people seeking treatment for alcohol abuse and drug addiction report one or more traumatic life experiences. However, many people who come to Sabino Recovery do not recognize past trauma as one of the reasons they’re struggling with alcoholism.

Among men who are diagnosed with alcohol and drug addiction, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is the most common co-occurring disorder, followed by depression. We specifically designed our treatment program at Sabino Recovery to treat alcoholism in conjunction with potential underlying trauma.


This video shows the connection between trauma and addiction.

Why Our Alcoholism Treatment Program IS Right for You

At Sabino Recovery, we know that high-quality, effective treatment cannot be improvised. We craft a targeted, individualized treatment plan for you by thoroughly assessing and understanding the ways that alcohol addiction has impacted your life and possibly your loved ones’ lives.

When your brain is hijacked by alcohol, it takes more than willpower to combat the effects. Our treatment program and mental health services are designed to use your brain’s natural neuroplasticity. This is the brain’s ability to adjust to new situations, experiences, and environments by forming new neural pathways. Your brain’s resilience is powerful!

Our treatment center uses evidence-based approaches. We emphasize diet, exercise, and other integrative therapies to rewire neural pathways. By reducing your reactions to triggers, we hope to improve self-efficacy.

12-Step, Or Not

Not everyone recovers the same way. For this reason, we are not specifically a 12-Step based program. We offer a variety of recovery methods, including 12-Step for those that are interested. If a resident who is seeking addiction treatment would like to incorporate the 12-Step program into their therapeutic process, our treatment team has a thorough knowledge of the 12-Step principles.

Additionally, any residents who are interested are able to attend on-site and off-site 12-Step meetings that focus on alcoholism, drug addiction, and codependency. The goal of the Sabino Recovery treatment team is to help each resident find long-term recovery. Anyone who is interested in the 12-Step program should feel comfortable continuing their long-term recovery journey in their hometown. This includes finding a home group, choosing a sponsor, seeking other therapy programs, and completing the steps.

We also offer exposure to other peer-based support groups such as refuge recovery.


In order to make our residents’ treatment experience as effective, safe, and comfortable as possible, we offer medical detox services for residents who are experiencing withdrawal symptoms that inhibit their initial recovery process.

As part of each person’s first assessment, our team will determine the most appropriate detox protocol. In many cases, we provide medication so that each resident is safe and comfortable during their recovery process.

Our entire staff works to ensure that our residents remain as comfortable as possible during the detox process. If the severity of someone’s detox requires a level of medical care that we do not provide, we will refer them to an appropriate facility before their treatment at Sabino Recovery.

To learn more about Sabino Recovery’s inpatient alcohol rehab program in Tucson, Arizona, visit Our Approach.