Drug addiction is often perpetuated by two factors. An underlying desire to self medicate a deeper need for connection, and a genetic predisposition to addiction. Furthermore addiction of any kind can be perpetuated by environmental and physiological factors. 

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

For some, the use of drugs is a way of medicating difficult emotions, experiences, and memories. Often started off as recreational, drug use can quickly turn into a full blown addiction. This escape can wreak havoc on relationships and bring about other personal and legal consequences.  

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


Why is Drug Rehab at Sabino Recovery Right for You?

At Sabino Recovery we know that high quality, effective drug addiction 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 your life.

When the brain is altered by drugs, will-power alone is difficult. The inpatient drug 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. 

Drug Rehab Treatment and our “Whole Being” Program

To fully recover from drug addiction means so much more than the absence of drugs in a person’s life – true recovery means the ability to identify triggers, behavior, and explore the underlying issues. We offer evidence based treatment modalities that enhance one’s ability to manage these triggers, explore the behaviors, and evaluate the negative consequences in conjunction with the perceived rewards of continued use.  By approaching addiction from this vantage point we alleviate the shame 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 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
  • Assessment

Assessment includes a full medical evaluation, as well as a thorough understanding of your past use, recovery and relapse attempts. Your current health and your history will inform the detox and rehabilitation program we will build specifically for you.


Our detox protocol will be designed to avoid as much of the unpleasant and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms as possible, while simultaneously supporting your emerging sobriety.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication is provided 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 detox symptoms and when indicated for a better long-term outcome. Our preference is to have residents taper off of Suboxone before they leave our program, but because each individual is unique, so are our recommendations for treatment.

Naturopathic Approach

Sabino Recovery utilizes both naturopathic medicine and allopathic, or Western medicine. Our medical director is a naturopath and the use of nutraceuticals is promoted. Using nutraceuticals assists residents in healing without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. In addition, we also employ allopathic providers of psychiatric and psychological services. The two medicinal philosophies are not in conflict; but rather, 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 addiction. Intrinsically, naturopathic medicine isn’t a one size fits all model. Therefore, it is customized to what the individual 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 is comprised of specialized testing, herbal treatments, amino acid supplementation, vitamin support, and homeopathic remedies.

For example:

A person that is being tapered off of benzodiazepines may benefit from the supplementation of nutraceuticals that support the levels of GABA. A drug like Xanax stimulates the attachment of the neurotransmitter GABA to a GABA receptor. This is what is responsible for the anti-anxiety effect. The medication only works while it is being taken and is highly addictive. Once discontinued after regular use, people can experience anxiety like a tidal wave. Nutraceuticals that may assist with this include Valerian, Kava Kava, and the amino acid GABA.

Someone that has been using alcohol may benefit from extra liver support. The extent to which someone was using alcohol would determine the degree to which the liver’s functioning is compromised. Often, people will have elevated liver enzymes that reflect damage of liver cells. Cirrhosis of the liver is a result of severe damage. Herbs like Milk Thistle, Burdock, and Dandelion Root enhance liver function and can help with the repair of liver damage. Nutraceuticals like choline and N-Acetyl cysteine are helpful too.

People that have been using opiates may feel blunted after the discontinued use of these drugs. Mood support may include 5 Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). This is an amino acid that is a precursor to the neurotransmitter Serotonin.  The neurotransmitter Dopamine is involved in the brain’s reward pathways. Dopamine levels may be supported by the addition of DL-Phenylalanine. Another way to induce the body’s own production of these neurotransmitters is via exercise and play.

Integrative Therapies

Integrative therapies are not adjunct treatment at Sabino Recovery; each is a critical part of the clinical program. Both the quantity and variety of integrative offerings allow for more individualization of the treatment plan as well as additional support for resident healing.

Some examples of our Mind/Body Integrative offerings are:

  • EMDR
  • Equine Therapy
  • Time with Horses and Horse care
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Somatic Experiencing®
  • Outdoor and Adventure Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Yoga

Healthy, Delicious Food

What we feed our body, feeds our soul. When we enter the world one of the first truths that we experience is the nourishment and comfort of food. It is also 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.

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 healthy sleep, all of which can also put one at risk of continued substance abuse.

Healing Environment

Along with our loving, kind, staff who work as a team to customize your treatment plan, you will experience the healing desert. Our inpatient drug rehab center is 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 to the spirit. 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 begin to dream of a cleaner, simpler better life, for you and your loved ones. With the experts who will work on your treatment plan, we will find the resources to make a new life a possibility.


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 one weekly, offsite 12-Step meeting. There is also an option to attend an on-site, staff led & peer-driven 12-Step meeting focusing on a variety of topics such as alcoholism, addiction, and codependency. Either of these options is designed to offer exposure to 12-Step recovery while supporting the spiritual journey of our residents.

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 journey in their hometown. This typically includes finding a “home group,” choosing a sponsor, and completing the steps.

In Peaceful, Restorative Tucson, Arizona

Many 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 is uncovering the link between trauma and addiction. By some estimates, over two-thirds of people seeking treatment for addiction report one or more traumatic life experience. In fact, among men diagnosed with PTSD, addiction is the most common co-occurring disorder, followed by depression. At Sabino Recovery our program is specifically designed to treat addiction as well as the trauma that may be fueling it.

Sabino Recovery offers a 35-day inpatient drug rehab program in Tucson, Arizona.

Am I an Addict?

While there is currently not a conclusive blood test or genetic test for drug addiction, answering “yes” to 3 or more of the following questions puts you at a high 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 again and again, 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 when you stop using such as seizures, blackouts, tremors, etc.?