Depression and Anxiety Residential Center

Sabino Recovery staff is well versed in the latest research regarding causes and solutions to depression and anxiety, and are able to offer education and understanding regarding their prognosis and offer evidenced based interventions. Utilizing allopathic and naturopathic medicine in conjunction with therapy offers the best possible outcomes for recovery. 

By understanding the mental and physiological causes of these disorders, our residents are better equipped to find a solution to these debilitating diseases. 

Depression and anxiety rates have risen exponentially over the last 40 years. This statistic is in direct correlation to the amount of processed foods being manufactured and the pesticides used. Proper nutrition has been linked to decreased rates of anxiety and depression. 

Depression and anxiety are also exacerbated by unresolved trauma and the use of unhealthy coping mechanisms in a person’s life. Together we can uncover the underlying causes of your specific challenges and develop a treatment plan tailored to address these.

What Research and Experience Tell Us About Depression:

  1. Experiencing childhood trauma is linked to depression later in life.
  2. There is a strong link between serious alcohol use and depression.
  3. PTSD and trauma often do lead to depression, and their symptoms may overlap.
  4. Other risk factors, such as female gender and genetic dispositions, further increase vulnerability for depression.
  5. Chronic and more severe depression responds better to a combination of medication and therapy.

“Co-occurring Disorders”

Substance abuse is often experienced with other mental health issues such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder,  anxiety disorders, panic attacks, PTSD, and other related disorders. This is known as “co-occurring,” or is sometimes referred to as “dual diagnosis.” Many facilities offer treatment for co-occurring disorders, but focus solely on alcohol and drugs and fail to address the complexities and treatment of these subsequent diagnoses. 

People who abuse substances are more likely to suffer from depression and/or anxiety. Oftentimes people who are depressed or anxious may drink or abuse drugs to lift their mood or escape from feelings of fear, guilt and despair. However, substance abuse can increase feelings of sadness and fatigue which fuel depressive episodes. Furthermore, the toll alcohol and drug use take on the whole person can exacerbate anxiety and decrease the body’s natural healthy response to environmental stimuli. Conversely, people who struggle with addiction can experience depression and anxiety as they work to cope with the consequences of their addiction.

Our Residential Inpatient Depression and Anxiety Treatment Approach:

At Sabino Recovery depression is so prevalent among those seeking treatment that we have built-in the tools needed to provide substantial assessments, therapies, and treatment modalities for the treatment of these disorders. Our residential inpatient treatment center is situated on a breathtaking 100 acres of land in Tucson, AZ and provides a luxury environment. This relaxing, safe environment allows our residents the time, support and surroundings needed to truly heal while receiving the most advanced therapy available today.
Nearly everything that is included in our program and your treatment plan works to heal these devastating and even life-threatening conditions.

Individualized Treatment Plan

Your treatment plan is developed around your very specific needs. There are no “treatment tracks,” which means your treatment plan is developed after you arrive. This individualization is especially important for those who have co-occurring issues as your background, experiences, and diagnosis are not like anyone else.

Experiential & Movement Therapies

We build your treatment plan with a full-complement of experiential therapies that include art and movement therapy, fitness, nature walks, and yoga. In addition we offer adventure and equine therapy at our own ropes course and horse stables right on the property. These modalities are an important adjunct to our other group and individual therapies as they have mood-enhancing benefits that can be very helpful to individuals with depressive and anxiety disorders and also help facilitate healthier expression of emotions.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR treatment is most often used to help those suffering from trauma but can be very helpful to those who are living with depression and anxiety. Typically, individuals who might find relief from EMDR include those who have experienced a major trauma such as physical or sexual abuse in childhood; a serious accident; a natural disaster such as a hurricane or flood; or an unnatural event such as witnessing a murder. Researchers have also found EMDR effective for treatment of prolonged stress that may be causing depression, such as growing up with alcoholism, surviving ongoing or multiple affairs, or living in poverty or with mental illness in the family.


At Sabino Recovery neuroscience is at the core of our program. All treatment programs and modalities are designed to assist the brain in rewiring itself to a healthier state of being. This is done through the ongoing remodeling of brain structure and function, called ‘neuroplasticity. Your brain is affected by life experiences, your behavior, as well as your thought patterns, which means that what you experience and how you behave on a day-to-day basis can have measurable effects on your brain structure and function.

Conditions such as depression anxiety can be thought of as negative neuroplasticity. Conversely, just as negative experiences can adversely affect the brain, positive experiences can induce new, positive neural pathways. Every experience we provide is designed to provide those positive experiences, new thought patterns, and tools to behave to create a new and healthier “state of the brain.”

We also offer a technique, called neurofeedback treatment, which involves teaching people to control their own brain waves. At Sabino Recovery, people with depression are taught neurofeedback techniques that allow them to activate parts of the brain involved in generating positive emotions which may be able to lower symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.

Medication and Naturopathic Solutions

We utilize both naturopathic medicine and allopathic, or Western medicine. Our psychiatric provider will work with your current medications if they are providing appropriate results, or we will work with you and your providers to find different options or additions to your prescriptions. Because our medical director is a naturopath and the use of nutraceuticals is promoted and provided we can also work to include nutraceuticals and other holistic measures to boost mood.


The food at Sabino Recovery is delicious, comforting and healthy. Since we make everything in-house, residents can easily improve their diets by increasing consumption of truly healthy foods and reducing heavily processed and sugary foods. Research has shown that these diet improvements may be effective at relieving many mental health symptoms.