A co-occurring diagnosis is categorized by an individual having a mental health and addiction diagnosis concurrently. For those suffering from both issues, it is crucial to find a program that treats the whole person through evidence based practices. Addictive behaviors are often tightly intertwined and overlap with mental health symptoms. Many people develop their addictions as a coping mechanism to help manage their mental health symptoms. For instance, those with anxiety will drink or use drugs to help them cope with anxiety attacks or to allow them to control the anxiety that is keeping them from work or social situations. Many treatment centers, in reality, spend a disproportionate amount of time treating addiction while those suffering from trauma, depression, anxiety and other behavioral concerns are left mostly untreated.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Sabino Recovery

Sabino Recovery is one of the few residential treatment centers designed to treat mental health diagnoses in conjunction with substance use– it is not on the sideline here – it is central to everything we do.

Our program is designed to address not only anxiety, depression, PTSD, and addictions, but also the core issues driving the behavior. We address the root causes early in treatment and support each resident with a dedicated and experienced staff who create physical and emotional safety through empathetic, compassionate, and consistent treatment. This, in combination with our carefully selected psychotherapeutic, psychiatric and integrative (mind/body) therapies, which  provide the skills necessary to build a sober and healthy life.

Individualized Treatment Plan

Your plan is developed around your very specific needs. There are no “treatment tracts,” which means your treatment plan is developed just for you after you arrive and will include the whole of your life not just your diagnosis and addiction. It will account for your past and present and the many overlapping and intertwining symptoms that you are experiencing. While you are here your progress is closely monitored and the multi-disciplinary team makes real-time adjustments based on your needs and your individual progress.

Key Program Elements


Group and individual therapy work in harmony to unravel the tangle of thoughts, emotions, and feelings that you have been experiencing. The connection with our therapists becomes one of the most powerful healing relationships many have experienced.

The relationship with a therapist can be especially valuable to residents who may have struggled to form relationships in the past, and to those whose diagnoses has made it difficult to form trusting relationships. The foundation of the therapeutic relationship at Sabino Recovery is the nonjudgmental acceptance of YOU and the unwavering belief that you want something different for yourself.

Experiential Therapies

Our program takes full advantage of the beautiful location – we include Adventure and Equine Therapy at our own ropes course and horse stables right on the property. We also offer art, movement, yoga, and meditation therapy. These modalities are an important adjunct to our other group and individual therapies as they help create self-awareness, reduce impulsivity, improve focus and attention and develop problem-solving skills. Additionally, experiential therapies have mood-enhancing benefits that can be very helpful with depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as learning a healthier expression of emotions. They also help to increase the motivation to be an active part of your life, which is the most necessary skill for a successful recovery.


Our treatment program is shaped by the latest research in neuroscience. Every therapeutic modality we employ is informed by what we know about the brain. We support your healing through leveraging therapies which boost neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural pathways. The building of new, healthy brain function is particularly helpful to strengthen healthy self-perception, positive behavior, social connection, and allow for true healing of both addiction and mental health challenges

Mind/Body Integrative Therapies

Integrative therapies combine cognitive, behavioral, and physiological systems so that the “whole person” is treated and not just your symptoms as “problems to be solved”. Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, equine therapy, outdoor adventure therapy, massage, and acupuncture, along with other integrative therapies are not adjunct treatment; each is a critical part of the clinical program.

Natural and Allopathic Medicine

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 can assist you in healing without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. We also will continue to work with the medications that are working well for you, or while you are here you might want to work with our psychiatric provider to adjust or modify your prescriptions if you don’t feel that your medications are quite right. We will partner with you and monitor your health closely to work toward the best solution for your recovery.

We are always focused on you as an individual – by approaching your medical care with a fluid range of both approaches, we can help you attend to the myriad of physical manifestations of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, and substance abuse to continue moving you toward sobriety and health.