Drug, Alcohol and Treatment Resources in Phoenix

Phoenix Arizona

Within Phoenix, there are lots of available treatment centers for those battling with drug and/or alcohol abuse. There are at least 40 different treatment centers that all offer support for those that are dealing with problems in this area, which shows that Phoenix offers a lot of support for those who need it. 

There are many types of treatment centers available offering a range of services, from inpatient support, to help the rehabilitation, to counseling for outpatients. There are a lot of different ways that people in Phoenix are able to get support through any of the treatment centers available. 

Some of these services offer an outpatient style service, for example, one treatment center offers counseling to help those who have abused substances to find better ways to cope in situations, with one-on-one therapy sessions as a focus point. Other treatment centers offer inpatient services which help patients recover and become sober, whilst removing them from any temptations and/or triggers that would cause them to return to these substances.

Phoenix Drug Abuse Statistics – You’re Not Alone In This Struggle

In a study, Phoenix has been compared against the other cities within America to compare the percentage of the population to types of substances taken, by taking data from various other studies and using this as an educated estimate. In this study, there were four separate drugs that were focused on. Phoenix ranked the highest for both cocaine and methamphetamine, being 23.3% and 15.1% of the population using the substances, respectively. 

In Phoenix, the percentage of people (aged over 12) who consumed illicit drugs from 2005 – 2010 was 16%, compared to the American average of 14.7%. Using the same date range, substance abuse shows that 9.3% of people abused substances. This suggests that 6.7% of people who use illicit drugs, did not abuse them. 

Following on from the above statistic about the about of people who have abused substances in that time, we can see that the respective number of people in Phoenix who have a major depressive episode, aged 18 or older, was 7.4 (higher than the American average that sits at 6.6%).

Demographically looking at the rate of substance abuse which leads to deaths in Phoenix compared to the state average (of Arizona) shows no change, they both sit at 12.06%. This is less than the national average, which is at 13.36%. The state of Arizona, between June 15th and October 19th, 2017, had 3,599 opioid overdoses. 13% of these were fatal. Maricopa County, which largely contains Phoenix, was responsible for 58% of these, with 49 overdoses recorded per 100,000 people.

Phoenix Recovery Meetings Near Me

There are many meetings available for people to meet for support. See some examples of alcohol-related meetings, such as AA, below:

  • Wednesday 15:00 – 320 W Watkins Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85003, USA
  • Monday 12:00 – Freedom Hall, 2720 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
  • Friday 17:30 – 13627 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032, USA
  • For narcotic related meetings, such as NA, some examples of meetings taking place are below:
  • Sunday 11:00 – North Mountain Park, 10600 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020-5816
  • Tuesday 19:00 – Thomas Baptist Church, 3948 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85009

Searching for SMART meetings, the details of one are below: 

  • Saturday 19:15 – 1632 E Flower St., Phoenix, Arizona 85016, USA

There appears to be a lot of support to help people to avoid substance abuse within Phoenix, with meetings being one key indication of this. The frequency of these meetings is very high which is good for two reasons. The first being that they occur more often and that this increases the chance that will people attend. The second reason frequent meetings are good is that the sessions will be less condensed, meaning there is a more personal style of support as there is a lower ratio of person to support worker. 

There are also various different websites available offering support for people too, where it not only shows them lists of places that they can attend but it also offers support there and then to help them with their first steps to recovery. 

A lot of the treatment centers that are available within Phoenix are shown to be non-profit, the people who run them and work there truly are there to help people with their recovery. This allows for more funds to go into continual improvements to the facility and to help pay for new support programs and for new equipment. There are also some events that these centers are hosting, for example, one center hosted a knitting-related event, where people were asked to knit a small animal to help raise more money.

Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Phoenix, AZ, 85001

Being an inpatient means that you dwell at the facility, whereas outpatients will turn up for their therapy/counseling/treatment sessions without the need to stay. Outpatients are usually people who have perhaps suffered trauma in their life and have turned to a substance at a low point. As these people are often not addicted to substances and are not severely abusing drugs and/or alcohol, they often benefit from counseling and someone helping them to find a new path and ways to cope during those hard times. 

For those who have a more serious problem with substance abuse, perhaps addiction may require a more serious approach to their support. Often this is where they will become an inpatient where they are in a new environment away from any distractions or potential problems that caused them to first turn to substances. 

With staff available 24/7 and no access to the substances, this will help them with their recovery. In these facilities, there are often one-on-one sessions available to help the patient recover and plan for their life outside of the center. This will help ensure they do not fall back to their addiction.

Getting Help in Phoenix, AZ: How to Choose the Right Facility

For somebody either looking for help or looking for someone they know, its best to understand the benefits of each kind of treatment and which they would best benefit from. If you have hit a rough patch in life and turned to substance abuse. Finding a way to resolve your addiction alongside becoming educated on how to avoid further abuse, may be a better solution for you rather than admitted as an inpatient. If, however, you are suffering severely with substance abuse, or addiction, then becoming an inpatient provides all-around support. 

Mental Health Services in Phoenix, AZ

There are many different mental health clinics within Phoenix, all offering similar support to their patients. A lot of the different clinics offer behavioral health support. There are at least 20 different clinics offering Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment, in Phoenix, AZ.

There are many healthcare professionals that specialize in mental health within Phoenix, so it is difficult to put an exact number to the amount that there are. With the number of clinics available and a lot of professionals offering their own services, there are easily more than 50 mental health experts within Phoenix.

There are lots of studies that have been conducted within this area and there are many results that all mostly point towards the same results. These results conclude that there is a link between mental health and substance abuse. Often, if a person is suffering from mental health problems, they usually feel better after taking a substance of either narcotics and/or alcohol.

Substances can give them a high and can make them feel good or in control. This then leads to a cycle of feeling down, seeking their substance of choice, the momentarily feeling better or in control. When that feeling wears off, they begin to miss that feeling and then want it again. Substance abuse can soon lead to addiction if not addressed. 

Take the First Step Towards an Addiction Free Life Today

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse, please reach out to one of our addiction treatment specialists at (928) 756-0694. Or you can connect through our online form here. Help is only one step away! Don’t live with addiction any longer. 

Article Reviewed by Gregory Struve

Gregory StruveGreg received a Master’s in Counseling from the Adler Graduate School in 2006. He trained at one of the top trauma and anxiety treatment centers in the world until 2008, when he became a faculty member at Grand Canyon University. From 2011 to 2016 he directed a program that lead the field in terms of innovative treatment of anxiety and trauma. During that time he even made several appearances on A&E’s intervention.