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Outpatient Treatment in Arizona

Are you looking for a high-quality substance abuse rehabilitation program in Arizona for yourself or a loved one? offers valuable information about various facilities in the state to help you find the treatment center that’s right for you. We provide information on both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facilities so that you can find the program that will best help you or your loved one on the path toward recovery, whether the addiction is to marijuana, oxycodone, alcohol, or any other illegal or prescription medication.

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Arizona Treatment Facts

Arizona ranks 8th in treatment centers servicing/accepting other treatment approaches per 100,000 residents. Colorado is just 1 spot worse, ranked 9 out of the United States. Montana is ranked one spot better at spot 7.

When adjusted for population, Arizona ranks 12th in treatment centers servicing/accepting computerized substance abuse treatment. Kansas is just 1 spot worse, ranked 13 out of the United States. Colorado is just 1 spot better, ranked 11 out of the United States.

For IHS/638 contract care funds clients, Arizona ranks 12th in population-adjusted treatment centers. Oklahoma is just 1 spot worse, ranked 13 out of the United States. Utah is ranked one spot better at spot 11.

Arizona is 16th among U.S. states in treatment centers servicing or accepting clients with co-occurring disorders. One spot worse is Rhode Island, ranked 17 in the U.S. Massachusetts is ranked one spot better at spot 15.

Arizona ranks 19th in treatment centers servicing/accepting persons who have experienced trauma per 100,000 residents. Hawaii is ranked slightly worse, ranked 20. Kentucky is just 1 spot better, ranked 18 out of the United States.

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Substance Abuse Facts in Arizona

Arizona, in particular, has been greatly affected by the prescription opioid crisis. As of 2018, an average of 2 people per day died of an opioid overdose in Arizona, which was a 74% increase from 2012.1 In 2017, 928 people died from opioid overdoses in Arizona, with over 400 of these resulting from heroin use.2 In addition, 18% of Arizona teenagers reported having tried alcohol before the age of 13, compared to 15% nationwide.3 Furthermore, 28% of auto accident deaths involved alcohol, which places Arizona in the top one-third of states in terms of fatal auto accidents where alcohol was a factor.4  

What Is Outpatient Treatment? 

When people consider treatment for addiction, the first thing that often comes to mind is a program that requires a long-term stay away from home, 24-hours, 7 days a week. However, many people participate in outpatient treatment programs rather than inpatient rehab.5 Outpatient treatment provides the same counseling services offered in an inpatient program, but the person can continue living at home.

Most outpatient treatment programs use one of the following therapeutic models of intervention:6

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on helping a person change their thinking patterns related to the use of drugs and alcohol.
  • Multi-dimensional family therapy, which addresses the role of family dynamics in the development and maintenance of drug-using behaviors. It is usually used with adolescents to develop new ways to interact as a family to reduce drug use.
  • Motivational interviewing, which is a non-confrontational approach to substance abuse treatment that helps to overcome resistance and motivate people to change behaviors.
  • Motivational incentives (contingency management), which supports sober living behaviors through the use of positive reinforcement.

While outpatient treatment can be used as a first course of treatment, it is often used as a step down from inpatient treatment.

However, in researching programs, look for a program that matches your needs. Some of the low-intensity programs, which may only meet 1 to 2 hours for 1 to 2 times per week, may be concentrated more toward drug education. If you or your loved one has serious drug use issues, a high-intensity program that meets several times per week, for several hours per day, may be more appropriate.6

Outpatient Treatment in Arizona

If you or your loved one needs outpatient drug treatment in Arizona, you will find numerous options. Arizona has 340 outpatient programs, with the majority of all treatment facilities concentrated around either Phoenix or Tucson. There are a few programs scattered throughout all areas of the state.7

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also has a treatment directory for opioid treatment programs, which is searchable by zip code or city. 

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment in Arizona  

It is not uncommon for a person who needs treatment for drug or alcohol addiction to also need treatment for a mental health disorder. Many people who have drug addiction also have depression, anxiety, psychosis, or other mental health disorders.

The term for having both a substance abuse and mental health disorder is called dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders.8 Treating both can be challenging, but many dual-diagnosis treatment programs use CBT or contingency management to treat both disorders simultaneously.8

Arizona-Specific Drug Stats 

Arizona has a higher rate than the national average of teens who engage in binge drinking, with 18% of teens reporting a binge-drinking episode in the past 30 days, compared with 15% of teenagers nationwide.3

In addition, the most common types of drugs for which people sought treatment were stimulants, including methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin.9

Overall, Arizona was one of the states with the highest number of opioid overdose deaths, as well as one of the states which had a significant increase in deaths from 2016 to 2017.10 ,11

Arizona Treatment Facts

Numerous programs in Arizona provide treatment for all types of addiction. Arizona has 60 programs that treat opioid addiction listed on the SAMHSA treatment directory.

In addition, Arizona has over 400 substance abuse treatment programs, including both inpatient and outpatient programs.7

Does My Insurance Cover Treatment in Arizona?

Rehab for drug treatment can be expensive, and if you have health care coverage, it is important that you take advantage of the benefits and coverage offered by your insurance company to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.

Most insurance plans offer some type of substance abuse treatment coverage, though the types of coverage will vary from one plan to another. In Arizona, the most popular insurance providers are:

  • United Healthcare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • MetLife of Arizona
  • Health Net of Arizona
  • Aetna
  • Humana
  • Cigna

Arizona Insurance (i.e. Medicaid) Treatment Facilities 

If you don’t have healthcare coverage, you should find out if you qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid is a federally funded program that provides healthcare coverage for people who meet certain income criteria or who have certain health conditions or disabilities.

Each state has different qualifications for Medicaid eligibility, but the only way to know if you qualify for Arizona Medicaid is to apply at 

Arizona has many facilities that accept Medicaid, with over 60% of substance abuse treatment facilities accepting Medicaid payments for treatment.7 

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  1. Arizona Department of Health Services. (2018). Arizona Opioid Emergency Response.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). Arizona Opioid Summary: Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths.
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Arizona Adolescent Substance Abuse Facts.
  4. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2018). Alcohol-Impaired Driving.
  5. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition): Types of Treatment Programs.
  6. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2019). DrugFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.
  7. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). 2018 State Profile—United States and Other Jurisdictions National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS).
  8. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). DrugFacts: Comorbidity: Substance Use Disorders and Other Mental Illnesses.
  9. Executive Office of the President of the United States. (n.d.). Arizona Drug Control Update.
  10. Centers for Disease Control. (2019). 2017 Drug Overdose Deaths.
  11. Centers for Disease Control. (2019). Drug Overdose Deaths.