Alcoholism is a complex issue which follows different treatment trajectories for each individual. 

At Sabino Recovery, we recognize these complexities and develop a treatment plan specific to each person. Only by understanding the cause are we able to effectively treat alcohol abuse and addiction.

For some, using alcohol is a way of medicating difficult emotions, experiences, and memories that are often connected to past trauma.

For others, a genetic component may predispose them to developing an addiction to alcohol. The resulting damage to their lives, relationships, and careers leaves lasting scars, and an inability to connect to their environment or community.

Regardless of the cause careful assessment and comprehensive treatment is required for the chance to live a healthy sober life. If left untreated alcoholism is progressive and potentially fatal.

Why is Our Alcoholism Treatment Program 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’s and possibly your loved one’s lives.

When the brain is hijacked by alcohol, will-power alone is often not an adequate response.  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 in order to adapt and adjust to new situations, experiences, and environments. Your resilience is a powerful force.

Through evidenced based treatment approaches and an emphasis on diet and exercise, we are able to rewire neural pathways to enhance self efficacy and reduce reactions to triggers.

To learn more about Sabino Recovery’s 35-day inpatient alcohol rehab program in Tucson, Arizona, click on Our Approach


Because we want to make your treatment experience as safe, comfortable, and effective as possible we offer detoxification services for those residents who might be experiencing withdrawal symptoms that inhibit their initial participation in programming. 

As part of your first assessment, our team will determine the most appropriate detox protocol for you. In many cases, medications are provided in order to maintain your safety and comfort.

Our entire staff work to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible during the detox process. If, however, the severity of your detox requires a level of medical care that we do not provide, we will refer you to an appropriate facility prior to beginning treatment at Sabino Recovery.

12-Step, Or Not

Sabino Recovery believes that not everyone recovers the same way. For this reason, we are not a 12-Step Based program; we offer exposure to a variety of recovery methods, including 12-Step for those that are interested. If a resident would like to seek support in the 12-Step process, our therapists have a thorough knowledge of the program and are able to incorporate its principles into an individual’s therapeutic process.

Additionally, while here at Sabino Recovery, residents who are interested have the opportunity to attend onsite and offsite 12-Step meetings that focus on alcoholism, drug addiction and codependency. By offering exposure to 12-Step recovery, interested residents are able to learn more about the background, format, and principles of 12-Step meetings. The goal of Sabino Recovery is to help anyone interested feel comfortable continuing their recovery journey in their hometown. This typically includes finding a “home group,” choosing a sponsor, and completing the steps.

Furthermore we offer exposure to other peer based support groups such as refuge recovery and sarpashana. 

The Link Between Trauma and Alcohol Abuse

Many who come to Sabino Recovery for help with alcoholism may not identify past trauma as one of the reasons they are struggling. Current research is 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. In fact, among men diagnosed with PTSD, alcohol and drug abuse, and addiction are the most common co-occurring disorders, followed by depression. At Sabino Recovery our program is specifically designed to treat alcoholism as well as the trauma that may be underlying.

This video shows the connection between trauma and addiction.

Am I an Alcoholic?

While there is currently not a conclusive blood test or genetic test for alcoholism, answering “yes” to 3 or more of the following questions puts you at a high risk for alcoholism.

  • Do you want to cut down or stop drinking entirely but can’t?
  • Do you consume alcohol in larger amounts or for longer than you meant to?
  • Do you spend a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from drinking alcohol?
  • Do you have cravings and urges to drink?
  • Is work, home or school, becoming unmanageable because of alcohol?
  • Do you continue to drink, even when it causes problems in relationships?
  • Have you given up important social, occupational or recreational activities because of alcohol use?
  • Do you drink again and again, even when it puts you in danger?
  • Do you need to drink more to get the effect you want?
  • Have you experienced withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, blackouts, tremors, etc.?

Complications of Alcoholism

Alcohol takes a heavy toll on the body. Nearly every organ system is affected.


Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.


Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure


Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver and can lead to a variety of problems including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis


Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.


Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Immune System

Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink. Drinking excessively on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even 24 hours after drinking.