The Role of Rehabilitation Centers in Combating Opioid Addiction in Arizona

Updated on November 1, 2023

Many states in America are currently going through an opioid crisis. In that context, the death toll from opioid overdoses in Arizona is starting to feel quite grim. Almost ten years ago, Arizona saw a death rate of 12.6 per 100,000 in 2014. Today, the death rate stands at 26.8. That is close to two thousand (1,907) drug overdose deaths every year in the state.  

It becomes clear that those with opioid addictions need to be given the help they need before they become another statistic. In that context, quality rehab centers are the need of the hour. They ensure that those with addictions have personalized treatment plans and counseling and can experience supervised detoxification. 

In this article, let us explore the role of rehab centers and how they can make a difference in Arizona.

What Do Rehab Centers Do That Makes Recovery Successful?

When we talk about opioid addiction, it is easy to wallow in the bleakness of the situation. However, doing so would be a disservice to the work that rehab centers do in Arizona. For instance, there are parts of Maricopa County that struggle a lot with high opioid usage. 

Despite this, rehab centers do their best to make treatment services convenient to the East Valley and other parts of the county. If someone is suffering from an opioid addiction, it doesn’t have to be a lifelong thing. As long as the person is committed, rehabilitation and recovery are possible. 

Some may wonder what it is about rehab centers that make them more effective than trying to quit by one’s own will. Well, there are a number of reasons. 

For one, rehab centers offer a wide range of services and programs that target different aspects of addiction. These can include:

  • Medical detoxification
  • Counseling and therapy
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Peer support groups
  • Educational programs 
  • Community engagement 

What’s equally important is the manner in which these interventions are deployed. There is a focus on holistic care, and people are treated not only for their physiological addiction, but also for their mental health issues, which play a role in relapse. Due to this holistic approach, the success rate for rehab clinics can be as high as 78%. 

Success is also possible even in more serious situations, like those with fentanyl addictions. As Changes Healing Center notes, fentanyl can be life-threatening, but a combination of medication-assisted treatment along with residential and outpatient care can turn things around. 

What Do Rehabilitation Centers in Arizona Need to Focus On for Increased Effectiveness?

To start with, better access to training programs can significantly bolster rehab centers. This would cut down on wait times and also improve the quality of care. However, even if such opportunities exist, rehab workers and therapists are not incentivized to take them up. Poor salaries and stressful working conditions contribute to that. 

Another aspect that can help would be better government policies and support. Thankfully, getting help for opioid abuse in Phoenix is something that the Office of Public Health is trying to push for. The City of Phoenix is trying to adopt a four-pillar framework that would include community safety and justice, prevention and education, harm reduction, and treatment and recovery. 

The quality of care will also increase if rehab centers are able to focus on treatment success over admission rates. This is especially true with privately run centers. The end result is a center with an overworked team and the usual disadvantages that come with it.

While many centers are doing a great job, it cannot be denied that there are some that fail to treat the underlying condition. They fail to look at the psychological factors that make recovery difficult. As we discussed earlier, rehab centers are most effective when they treat people holistically. 

This means adequate attention is given to the bio-psycho-socio and sometimes even spiritual dimensions. After all, groups like Alcoholics Anonymous have shown that spiritual awakening can be a helpful part of the recovery process. 


The role that rehab centers play in Arizona cannot be understated. With how quickly the opioid crisis is spreading, it is imperative that we ensure that rehab centers are given the support they need. When you remember that these places can have a close to 80% success rate, it should be a priority to ensure that addicted individuals have access to help. 

As members of society, some of that responsibility should be borne by us. If you know a family member or friend with an opioid addiction, try your best to help them out. Sometimes, it just takes a simple, heartfelt conversation to trigger a journey of recovery.

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