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Arizona Treatment Resource Information

Government funded treatment programs serve state residents without financial resources (such as money or insurance). Contact information for the state office in or near the area you requested is provided here:

Bureau of Substance Abuse Treatment & Prevention
Div of Behavioral Health Services Dept of Health Services

150 North 18th Ave #220
Phoenix, AZ 85007-3228
Phone: 602-364-4606
Fax: 602-364-4763

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Alcoholics Anonymous Phone Numbers in Arizona:
Bullhead City: (800) 864-1606
Casa Grande: (520) 426-9318
Cottonwood: (928) 646-9428
Flagstaff:(928) 779-3569
Glendale: (623) 937-7770
Lake Havasu: (928) 453-0313
Mesa: (480) 834-9033
Nogales: (520) 287-2585
Payson: (928) 474-3620
Phoenix: (602) 264-1341
Prescott: (928) 445-8691
Show Low: (928) 537-7800
Sierra Vista: (877)459-0031
Tucson: (520) 624-4183
Yuma: (928) 782-2605

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Arizona Background

World-renowned for its scenic beauty, Arizona is home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world: Grand Canyon National Park. One of the first of America's national parks, the Grand Canyon stretches for 277 miles along the Colorado River in the state's northern region. But the state has many more natural wonders to offer than just its most famous park, including Petrified Forest National Park in the western part of the state and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument along the state's southern border with Mexico. In fact, of the state's 114,000 square miles, only 15% is privately owned, with the other 85% designated as public forests, parks, recreational areas, and Native American reservations.

Although Arizona has a low population density, it is currently the 14th most populated state and the second fastest growing state in the country. The state's population centers are the city of Phoenix (the state's capitol), the southeastern city of Tucson (where the University of Arizona is located), and the cities of Mesa, Glendale, and Scottsdale in the Phoenix metro area.

Arizona Substance Abuse Situation and Government Response

Arizona faces unique challenges in the drug war, largely because of its 350 mile border with Mexico and its sparse desert terrain. The border is comprised of thinly populated areas, immense regions of rough mountainous terrain which create north-south passages, and wide desert valleys that offer many opportunities for drug transporting. As security at airports becomes tighter, drug smugglers are tending to use passenger vehicles and highways to move drugs and drug money between Arizona and Mexico.

Major drug importing organizations based in Mexico continue to be in charge of the trade of cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin into and through Arizona. Over the last few years, Arizona has experienced an increase in violence that is associated with drug and human trafficking along its border with Mexico too. This violent activity is often an outcome of conflict between the cartels for control of key smuggling routes into America.

One government initiative created to deter this drug activity is the Southwest Border High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. In 1990, some of the state's counties were designated as the Arizona Region of the Southwest Border HIDTA, which is centered in the city of Tucson. The mission of the HIDTA program is to reduce the availability of illicit drugs within its designated area by utilizing efficient task forces and supporting the local infrastructure that's in place to target, disrupt, and eradicate drug trafficking organizations in the region. The Southwest Border HIDTA is responsible for the counties of Cochise, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma. In addition to Arizona, the Southwest Border HIDTA also handles investigations in counties of California, New Mexico, and Texas.

Another program in the state is the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership (ASAP). Established in 2007, ASAP serves as a unified statewide council that focuses on substance abuse issues that affect Arizonans. ASAP works to bring together leaders from federal, state, tribal and local levels to foster synchronization across state organizations, determine effective ways to spend their funds, and tackle recognized deficiencies in the state's prevention, treatment, and enforcement efforts. The partnership also studies current state policies and suggests pertinent legislation to the state congress. ASAP's strategic focus areas for 2009 are: prescription drug abuse, underage drinking, drug endangered children, and prevention and community.

The state has also established the Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program. The Arizona DEC was created in 2000 (known then as the Meth and Kids Task Force) to concentrate on the problems that accompany meth production in homes where children are present. In 2003, the program was renamed the Drug Endangered Children program to take in a wider range of drug cases that involve child endangerment. The DEC, in conjunction with other drug agencies, held a tribal training program workshop in early 2009 at Fort McDowell. The event brought together over 150 representatives from 14 of the state's tribal communities to provide them with the tools necessary for creating procedures that ensure the safety and protection of children.

Two additional drug initiatives in Arizona are the Governor's Division for Substance Abuse Policy and the Parents' Commission on Drug Education and Prevention. The Governor's division works to enhance and expand drug-related education, prevention, and treatment throughout the state. The Parents' commission was created in 1996 with the passage of Proposition 200 (“The Drug Medicalization, Prevention, and Control Act”). The organization's mission is to support initiatives that will increase parental involvement and promote education about the grave risks and public health issues that accompany the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

Marijuana Addiction in Arizona

Marijuana continues to be generally available and is considered the most widely used illegal drug in Arizona. Both domestically grown marijuana and its imported Mexican counterpart are very popular in the state. The version of the drug that is produced in Mexico is common because of Arizona's close proximity and is priced from $10 to $25 for a quarter ounce. Domestically grown marijuana retails for around $500 per pound throughout the state. Still, there has been an evident increase in the amount of marijuana seized in the state over the past few years. In 2006 alone, the DEA's Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program seized 82,000 cultivated marijuana plants from 59 indoor and outdoor growing sites in Arizona. More than 400,000 kilograms of marijuana were seized by Federal agencies in Arizona during 2007 as well. The drug is also far and away the top drug that brings about federal prison sentences for Arizonans, with marijuana accounting for almost 73% of all federal drug convictions in the state. Marijuana is not particularly a drug of choice for those admitted for addiction treatment, however, with fewer than 8% of admits reporting it as their primary substance of abuse.

Alcohol Addiction in Arizona

Alcohol is another common choice of substance abusers in Arizona, especially among the state's youth. Underage drinking has been identified as an issue of major importance in Arizona. Approximately 1 out of 3 young people in Arizona reported using alcohol in the past 30 days and almost 1 out of 5 reported binge drinking within the past two weeks. Furthermore, 20% of youth reported being drunk or high while at school sometime in the past year.

Alcohol abuse can be especially dangerous for people of any age because it often occurs alongside an addiction to another drug. In fact, of all individuals who were admitted to Arizona treatment centers, 14% reported alcohol as their primary substance of abuse and another 8% reported abusing alcohol in conjunction with a secondary illegal drug.

Cocaine Addiction in Arizona

Throughout the state's history, it has been known as a transshipment point for cocaine that is then distributed to other states. The drug is still widely available throughout Arizona in both powder and crack forms. The powder version is priced from $85 to $130 per gram and crack, which is particularly found in the inner city areas of Phoenix and Tucson, retails between $10 and $20 per rock.

Of those who are abusing cocaine, however, only a small portion is seeking professional help. Among Arizonans who were admitted for drug abuse treatment, just 3% cited smoked cocaine as their primary addiction and 2% listed non-smoked cocaine as their main substance of abuse.

Methamphetamine Addiction in Arizona

Methamphetamine, or meth, is the number one illegal drug that contributes to violent crime in Arizona. The state serves as a major distribution hub for Mexican-made methamphetamine that has been smuggled across the border and is destined for cities throughout America, especially in the Midwest.

Production of methamphetamines in home-based drug labs presents state officials with a challenging set of problems that they have not previously experienced with other illicit drugs. The chemicals that are used to make meth, the manufacturing procedures, and the toxic waste that it leaves behind pose serious hazards to the public and the environment. These threats include toxic poisoning, fires, explosions, and chemical and thermal burns. The children who live in and near homes that are used as meth labs are at great risk because they are still mentally and physically developing and because they are often abused and neglected by the caretakers and drug addicts who hang around drug-producing houses.

One program that is working to deter the effects of meth in Arizona is the Drug Endangered Children program. Initially established as the Meth and Kids Task Force, the primary focus was on meth lab cases in Maricopa County. Members of the task force also offered training and technical help to other agencies throughout the state. The program was funded by the Governor's Division of Substance Abuse Policy and has now extended to cover drug endangered children statewide. The DEC program has coordinated and improved the efforts of local law enforcement, child protective services, and medical professionals to respond to meth houses where children are present and to prosecute the adults who are responsible.

Since those who produce and use meth are often prone to violent behavior, investigating a suspected meth lab where children are present necessitates a careful planning and a coordinated approach involving multiple officials. Also, meth producers usually attempt to keep their operations secret and untouched by using weapons, explosive traps, and surveillance equipment, so the investigator's tactics have to be specialized for the situation. The DEC program makes sure that local authorities have immediate access to such qualified officials who are equipped to address the medical and safety needs of the children who are endangered there. Over the last several years, the Arizona DEC Program has brought about the prosecution of 120 meth lab cases involving over 250 children.

In 2007, the DEA, state, and local authorities reported investigating meth lab incidents at only 8 sites in Arizona, which is down from 119 in 2003. While that's good news, it has led to an increase in the importation of Mexican-made meth, which has resulted in more border violence between the cartels.

Although marijuana and alcohol are often thought to be more widely used, amphetamine addiction actually accounted for more patients admitted to Arizona drug treatment centers (over 14%) than any other substance. Methamphetamine convictions also resulted in over 12% of all federal sentences for Arizona drug offenders in 2006.

Abuse of Other Drugs in Arizona

The abuse of prescription drugs has become another main focus of state officials and Oxycodone and Hydrocodone are the drugs of choice. In fact, 20% of high school seniors report that they have abused pharmaceuticals at some point in their life, second only to marijuana. For 2009, this issue has even been designated as a strategic focus area by the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership. Some of the problems that ASAP reports to have contributed to the rise in prescription drug abuse are:
  • Insufficient organization and resources to keep an eye on prescription drug manufacturing, distribution, and consumption.
  • The trend toward increased pharmaceutical abuse and its related deaths, especially among young people.
  • Arizona's existing laws and programs regarding prescription drug abuse do not have adequate controls or communication to support the treatment and prevention of prescription drug abuse in the community.
In response to these issues, ASAP plans to develop a Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program for the state to offer updated information about prescription drug abuse to the general public and to set up suitable initiatives to promote prevention, support law enforcement personnel, and encourage treatment for those who need it. ASAP also wants to recruit parents, young people, communities, the pharmaceutical industry, retailers, and legislators in the creation of a campaign that exhibits the consequences of both illegal access to prescription drugs and the abuse of these drugs.

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment in Arizona

For those suffering from substance addiction in Arizona, there are several options for receiving treatment. The Arizona Children's Association in Tucson offers short-term residential care to young people suffering from both substance addition and mental health issues. Located in Phoenix, the Calvary Center provides faith-based residential treatment to individuals who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or problem gambling.

There were over 24,000 individuals admitted to drug and alcohol treatment facilities in Arizona during 2005. According to 2006 data, however, there are still approximately 124,000 Arkansans who reported that they needed addiction treatment but did not receive it.

Arizona Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resources

Calvary Center
720 East Montebello Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85014
Telephone: 602-279-1468
http://www.calvarycenter.com/

Arizona Children's Association
2700 South 8th Avenue
Tucson AZ 85713
Telephone: 520-622-7611 x1364

Cottonwood de Tucson
4110 West Sweetwater Drive
Tucson AZ 85745
Telephone: 520-743-0411
http://www.cottonwooddetucson.com/

The Meadows
1655 North Tegner Street
Wickenburg AZ 85390
Telephone: 928-684-3926
http://www.themeadows.org/

Behavioral Health Services
106 East 1st Street
Yuma AZ 85364
Telephone: 928-341-9199

Amity Foundation
10500 East Tanque Verde Road
Tucson AZ 85749
Telephone: 520-749-5980
http://www.amityfdn.org/

Native American Connections – Rehabilitation
636 North 3rd Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85003
Telephone: 602-495-3085
http://www.nativeconnections.org/

Pia's Place
615 Hillside Avenue
Prescott AZ 86301
Telephone: 928-445-5081
http://www.piasplace.com/

Advanced Counseling Center
4600 South Mill Avenue Suite 280
Tempe AZ 85282
Telephone: 480-655-9550
http://www.advancedcounselingcenter.com/

Desert Canyon Treatment Center
105 Navajo Drive
Sedona AZ 86336
Telephone: 888-811-8371
http://www.desert-canyon.com/

Women in New Recovery
860 North Center Street
Mesa AZ 85201
Telephone: 480-464-5764
http://www.winr.org/

Arizona Treatment Institute
1927 North Trekell Road Suite D
Casa Grande AZ 85222
Telephone: 520-836-9788

Phoenix, AZ A.A.
4602 N 7th St
Phoenix AZ
24 Hr Answering Service: 602-264-1341
http://www.aaphoenix.org

Tucson AZ A.A.
840 S Campbell Ave
Tucson AZ
Telephone: 520-624-4183

Flagstaff, AZ A.A.
Telephone: 928 779-3569
http://www.flagstaffaa.org

Glendale, AZ A.A.
9164 N 43rd Ave Suite 15
Glendale AZ
Telephone: 623-937-7836

Mesa, AZ A.A.
1320 East Broadway Suite 105
Mesa, AZ
Telephone: 480-834-9033
http://www.aamesaaz.org

Prescott, AZ A.A.
240 South Montezuma St.
Prescott AZ
Telephone: 928-445-8691
http://www.prescottaa.org

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