Am I an Addict? 

While there is a genetic test for drug addiction, if you answer “yes” to 3 or more of the following questions, there’s a high chance that you are at risk for drug addiction:

  • Do you use the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you meant to?
  • Do you want to cut down or stop using the substance but cannot?
  • Do you spend a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from drug use?
  • Do you have cravings and urges to use the substance?
  • Has work, home, or school become unmanageable because of substance use?
  • Do you continue to use even when it causes problems in relationships?
  • Have you given up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use?
  • Do you use drugs even when it puts you in danger?
  • Do you need more of the substance to get the effect you want?
  • Do you experience withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, blackouts, tremors, etc. when you stop using?

Drug Addiction Treatment Center

At Sabino Recovery, we recognize that addiction is multifaceted and there is not a one-size-fits-all method for recovery. We are only able to effectively treat the issue by understanding the root cause.

For some people, using drugs like heroin, cocaine and opiates is a way of medicating difficult emotions, experiences, and memories. Although it often starts as recreational, drug use can quickly turn into a full-blown addiction that can have personal and legal consequences and wreak havoc on relationships.

Many people who come to Sabino Recovery for help with addiction may not identify past trauma as one of the reasons they are struggling with addiction. Current research continues to find compelling links between trauma and addiction. Some research has found that over two-thirds of people who seek addiction treatment have experienced at least one traumatic life experience. Among men diagnosed with PTSD, addiction is the most common co-occurring disorder, followed by depression. Our program is specifically designed to treat addiction and the trauma that may be fueling it.

Watch the video below to learn more about the trauma and addiction connection.

Why is Drug Rehab at Sabino Recovery Right for You?

We know that high-quality, effective drug addiction treatment for drugs like heroin, opiates and methamphetamine cannot be improvised. After thoroughly assessing and understanding the ways that drug addiction has impacted each resident’s life, we craft a targeted, individualized treatment plan.

The inpatient substance abuse treatment programs at Sabino Recovery are designed to take advantage of neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections to adapt and adjust to new situations, experiences, and environments.

To fully recover from drug addiction means so much more than no longer using– true recovery means identifying triggers, behaviors, and underlying issues. We offer evidence-based treatment modalities such as EMDR, psychotherapy, and equine therapy to help you identify and manage triggers. They are avenues for exploring the underlying trauma that led to you developing an unhealthy coping mechanism such as substance use. By approaching addiction beyond just managing symptoms and maintaining sobriety, we alleviate the shame around relapse and empower each resident to formulate their recovery plan with the assistance of our knowledgeable and compassionate staff.

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

  • Whole foods philosophy
  • Health assessment that utilizes lab testing with naturopathic interpretation
  • Sleep study 
  • 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

Detox & Medication-Assisted Treatment

Our medical detox protocol will be designed to avoid as many unpleasant and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms as possible while creating a solid foundation for sobriety.

We provide medication to manage symptoms such as muscle cramps, dehydration, and lack of sleep, to name a few. We will also prescribe Suboxone in some cases to assist with drug cravings and detox symptoms and when we believe that it will lead to a better long-term outcome. We prefer that residents taper off of Suboxone before they leave our program but each individual is unique and so are our treatment recommendations.

Our Approach

Sabino Recovery utilizes both naturopathic medicine and allopathic, or Western medicine. We combine these two medicinal philosophies to provide the maximum medical care to each resident. Our approach to recovery is to heal the whole person, rather than treat a series of symptoms. 

As part of our naturopathic approach, we heal people from the inside out with healthy, delicious food and herbs like Milk Thistle, Burdock, and Dandelion Root. These can enhance liver function and help with the repair of liver damage. Every person is different and undergoes a thorough assessment before they are prescribed any supplements. 

Naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer someone who is recovering from addiction but isn’t a one size fits all model. It is customized to what the individual needs. The naturopathic physician’s toolbox consists of specialized testing, herbal treatments, amino acid supplementation, vitamin support, and homeopathic remedies.

For example, someone addicted to opiates may feel blunted after they stop using these drugs. Opioids are a pain reliever so they naturally numb pain receptors and flood the brain with pleasure. Opioids are highly addictive and abuse of these drugs can cause anxiety and depression. They inhibit the brain’s ability to naturally produce Dopamine because the brain comes to rely on opioids to produce Dopamine. 

At Sabino, this person could be prescribed the amino acids 5 Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) and DL-Phenylalanine for mood support. As natural precursors to Serotonin and Dopamine, they support the brain’s natural production of these neurotransmitters. We also encourage the brain’s natural production of neurotransmitters through exercise and play.

As another example, someone who is tapering off benzodiazepines like Xanax may benefit from a nutraceutical that supports their levels of GABA such as Valerian, Kava Kava, and the amino acid GABA.

Integrative Therapies

In addition to traditional psychotherapy such as individual and group talk therapy, here are some examples of integrative therapies that we offer:

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  • EMDR
  • Equine Therapy
  • Time with Horses and Horse care
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Somatic Experiencing®
  • Outdoor and Adventure Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Nutrition: A well-balanced diet is a part of the solid foundation created by our rehab programs. Many people who have experienced drug addiction are missing key nutrients so food is a key component of long-term recovery.

Integrative therapies are not adjunct treatments at Sabino Recovery; each is a critical part of the clinical program. Both the quantity and variety of our integrative offerings allow us to create more individualized treatment plans and offer additional support for resident healing.

Is this a 12-Step Program?

Not everyone recovers the same way so while we are not a 12-Step based program, we know how helpful 12-Step can be for many people and offer it for those who are interested. Our therapists have a thorough knowledge of the program and can incorporate its principles into an individual’s therapeutic process.

While here at Sabino Recovery, residents who are interested in 12-Step programs have the opportunity to attend one weekly, offsite meeting. There is also an option to attend an on-site, staff-led 12-Step meeting focusing on a variety of topics such as alcoholism, addiction, and codependency. 

Our goal is to help anyone interested in 12-Step feel comfortable continuing their journey in their hometown. This typically includes finding a “home group,” choosing a sponsor, and completing the steps.