Sabino Recovery

By The Fix staff 08/09/17

Sabino Recovery offers a co-ed residential treatment program in Tucson, Arizona that focuses on trauma and addiction as well as other behavioral concerns such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Sabino Recovery
Location : 8505 E Ocotillo Dr Tucson, AZ 85750
Phone : (844) 227-7014
Price : $45,000 (35 days)
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Insurance : No
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Introduction and Basic Services

Sabino Recovery offers a co-ed residential treatment program in Tucson, Arizona that focuses on trauma and addiction as well as other behavioral concerns such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Opened in 2015, Sabino is a privately-owned facility that provides clinically-driven and highly individualized programs.

Facility and Meals

A number of meditative sitting areas are available in the facility’s courtyard, with views of the Pueblo-style 100-acre campus. A large swimming pool sits in the backyard, with stunning views of saguaro-studded Sonoran Desert and the adjacent Catalina Mountains. There is an outdoor fire pit for night-time chatting and relaxation.

With all private rooms, the program currently houses a maximum of only 16 residents. The living quarters are connected to but independent of one another, ensuring that clients have the level of space they desire for their recovery. The facility’s private rooms have large windows, air conditioning, and double beds. Private bathrooms have showers with rain showerheads.

The dining area is rustic and peaceful, with a large stone fireplace. Nearby is a living area called the Branding Room, which offers another ranch-style, fireplace-backed space. There is an on-site gym with cardio and strength machines, yoga supplies and a weightlifting area.

An Internet café offers a big screen TV, puzzles, games, and internet-available computers (though use of these is limited to certain times). This room offers plenty of opportunity to watch movies, and socialize with other residents and staff.

The on-site chef prepares a number of nutrient-rich meals and comfort food for clients all made from fresh ingredients, including the popular sushi rolls. Coffee is also available.

Treatment Protocol and Team

Treatment lasts 35 days but can be extended. Detox is available under the care of staff nurses, though severe cases may be referred to an outside facility.

Once the resident has had thorough assessments, a highly individualized treatment plan is designed to address trauma and/or addiction, as well as the underlying issues driving the addiction and behavioral symptoms.

There are a number of forms of psychotherapy utilized including individual and group therapy; EMDR; and equine and experiential therapies such as the ropes course and climbing wall. Reworking neural pathways, or neuroplasticity, is also a crucial part of the treatment. Sabino Recovery also offers QEEG brain mapping for an additional fee; this tool allow the measurement of the electrical function of the brain, which provides a more accurate diagnosis and allows staff to prioritize and optimize treatment specific to the needs of the resident. Neurofeedback is also available at an extra cost, and works to change brainwaves in order to mold the brain away from maladaptive behaviors and practices. Esotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, and cranial sacral therapy are also integrated into the holistic treatment practice.

Sleep studies at Sabino Recovery’s sleep lab may be needed if a client is having issues sleeping after withdrawal. Staff includes an RPSGT sleep specialist.

Also on staff are LPCs, a psychiatric physician assistant, naturopathic physician, Master’s-level therapists, a neuropath, movement therapist, and registered nurses. A psychiatrist is also on-call.

Sabino Recovery is not a 12-step based program, though therapists are trained in the 12 steps. Interested clients are able to attend one weekly off-site meeting and may participate in another on-site one.

A family program, which involves group therapy, usually occurs during the fourth week of treatment.

Aftercare planning is integrated into treatment, with the client and his or her therapist identifying the techniques and tools most useful to the resident and establishing ways to mobilize those things into the client’s home life through an aftercare plan. Those who are interested can be helped in finding home-based 12-step groups and sponsors.

Bonus Amenities

Residents enjoy weekend hikes and daily nature walks in the Arizonan desert. Additional adjunctive therapies include massage, shiatsu, acupuncture, outdoor and adventure therapy, yoga and creative therapies are included in the program.


With 285 days of sunshine a year, the relaxing and peaceful desert of Tucson offers a unique locale for rehabilitation from trauma and addiction. Sabino Recovery’s small number of residents, and its serene, safe environment makes it a unique place for those suffering from co-occurring disorders.

Sabino Recovery

8505 E Ocotillo Dr.

Tucson, AZ 85750

(844) 227-7014

Sabino Recovery Cost: $45,000 (35 days). Find Sabino Recovery on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn

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