Drug, Alcohol and Treatment Resources in Tucson

Tuscon Arizona

As with any city, there are instances of drug and/or alcohol abuse and in Tucson, AZ there is no difference. Fortunately, there are lots of places that offer support to help people to reform. There are upwards of 20 different treatment centers within the city. 

The services available from the treatment centers vary from place to place, for example, some centers offer an inpatient service, commonly for addiction recovery. Others offer outpatient services such as counseling and psychiatry. This means that everyone struggling with drug and alcohol abuse have options to turn to for support.

The treatment centers in Tucson offer various services with many different meetings available for people to attend. Some of these meetings available are Alcoholics Anonymous meetings / Narcotics Anonymous meetings. They invite people for support, and other meetings are more personal, such as one-to-one counseling sessions. Even psychiatry helps people progress from substance abuse. 

Tucson Drug Abuse Statistics – You’re Not Alone in this Struggle

In a study, researchers used the results of many surveys to understand the total amount of drug use per city as a percentage of the population who have used them. These were separately broken out into Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, and Methamphetamine. For each drug, Tucson ranked against the leading city below:

  • Marijuana – 62.7%, 3.5% less than the lead city (at 66.2%).
  • Cocaine – 21.8%, 1.5% less than the lead city (at 23.3%). 
  • Heroin – 2.1%, 1.3% less than the lead city (at 3.4%).
  • Methamphetamine – 13.4%, 2% less than the lead city (at 15.4%).

As of July 2015, 94,700 inmates who had been imprisoned in Tucson, AZ had a history of drug-related offences. In recent years, Tucson saw a large increase in the amount of drug-related arrests, rising by 887%. 

A survey in 2015 found that 22.7% of adults in Pima County (Tucson’s main area of residency) had been diagnosed with depression, and 34.7% of these adults felt they either sometimes, rarely or never received the emotional support to help them. 

Statistics show that 50% of the imprisonments of individuals in the Pima Country suffer from mental health problems and 39% of inmates who suffer from mental health problems have history/family history of drug abuse. Therefore, we can see a strong link between mental health and substance abuse. 

As Tucson is very near to the border of Mexico, there is evidence that shows a lot of narcotics are smuggled across the border into America. From this we can see that the areas close to Mexico are areas where drugs are more prominent, and the further away from the border we look the less drug abuse appears to be. 

Tucson, AZ Recovery Meetings Near Me

There are lots of meetings in Tucson to help people fight substance abuse. Below are some examples of alcohol-related meetings, such as AA meetings: 

  • Monday 6:30 am – Pima Alano Club Annex Bldg, 4405 E Pima St, Tucson, 85712
  • Friday 5:30 pm – Last Chance Garage, 354 E Bilby Rd, Tucson, 85706

Tucson also offers some narcotic related meetings, such as NA meetings. Please see the examples below:

  • Wednesday 7:30 pm– 2610 North Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705-4573
  • Sunday 11:00 am – 2900 North Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ 85712-5233

And for a SMART meeting, the details are below:

SMART meetings happen all across Tucson, to see up and coming ones you’ll need to register for an account. An example of a previous one is below:

  • Monday 3:00 pm – Pima County Re-Entry Center, West 85713, 1275 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85713 USA

Within Tucson there have been various different fundraisers to help raise money for the substance abuse cause, one of which allowed people to come and enjoy some food and socialize, bringing people together to help raise funds. 

Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment in Tucson

The difference between an inpatient and an outpatient is that an inpatient becomes a resident at the facility, where they have support 24/7. An outpatient does not; they will attend therapy sessions or counseling sessions at agreed times but otherwise, they will continue on with their day outside of these. Below shows one of each example within Tucson and the services they provide:

  • Inpatient Treatment Center –This treatment center is dedicated to helping those with serious substance abuse problems. They allow patients to reside in the facility to help take them away from their normal surroundings and into a safe place. Here they will have the support and no access to substances or triggers. Whilst there, they are offered various one-to-one treatment with therapy sessions, counseling, and planning for the future. 
  • Outpatient Treatment Center – This treatment center offers outpatient support for their patients, where their main focus is their counseling sessions. They offer support for many areas, with one focused specifically on drug/alcohol abuse and recovery.

Getting Help in Tucson: How to Choose the Right Facility

Choosing the right facility can be a difficult process. To understand the best facility to cater to yours or for someone’s needs, you must first know what sort of help they require. For example, if somebody is suffering severely from substance abuse, perhaps even substance addiction, then a more intense support scheme may be the best approach. Then being admitted and becoming an inpatient is more beneficial for long-term recovery. 

If, however, the person is not quite as deeply invested in substances and may only be a onetime or recent occurrence, then being an outpatient could be more beneficial. You may find that counseling is more effective, as it does not require as much disruption to their life but still helps to m on their recovery. 

Mental Health Services in Tucson, AZ

They offer various methods of support for those suffering from mental health in Tucson, AZ, with at least 20 different treatment centers. These different centers offer various levels of support, with some offering counseling services and others offering things like psychiatry or psychotherapy. 

It is difficult to know the exact number of mental health professionals in Tucson, but by the number of different treatment centers that are available, it is clear that there are many who are practicing within the area and able to offer forms of support. 

From research over recent years, the connection between substance abuse and mental health problems is overwhelmingly evidenced. Often, treatment centers that offer support for substance abuse will offer various services for mental health problems also and vice versa. A common form of understanding these problems is known as ‘Dual Diagnosis’. This allows for not only the substance abuse problem to be treated, but also for the mental health problem(s) to be addressed at the same time. 

Don’t Wait! Get Help 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

Greg 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 leads the field in terms of innovative treatment of anxiety and trauma. During that time he even made several appearances on A&E’s intervention.