A look into the availability and quality of drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs in Arizona as compared to rehab centers elsewhere around the country.


The scope of addiction treatment nationwide has vastly grown in response to the nation’s ever growing issue of substance abuse. However, due to its border with Mexico, thus being a primary gateway for drug smuggling northward, Arizona and its primary cities like Scottsdale and Phoenix, has likewise seen much growth in the area of drug addiction treatment centers.

From 1998 to 2017, the majority of drug and alcohol treatment centers were located in Southern California and Southern Florida.  Over the course of the past year, the Departments of Children and Family Services (DCF) have begun critically auditing these programs due to law suits, claims of insurance fraud, misleading clients about services rendered and patient brokering.  For example, in South Florida alone, DCF has been closing approximately 10 facilities per week in 2017.  So what was once the hub for substance abuse, has begun rapidly shifting.  The mayor of Stuart County, announced on public television for parents not to send their children to Florida for drug and alcohol addiction treatment as there is a strong likelihood they will end up dead!

Thus, the beginning of the increase in treatment centers elsewhere in the United States.  Over the past 3 years, Arizona, and especially Phoenix and Scottsdale have significantly increased the number of treatment facilities in Maricopa County, Arizona.  These facilities have been diligent in not repeating the mistakes that have shut the doors on so many places elsewhere.  Arizona is slowly becoming known as “the best place to seek drug and alcohol treatment.”

To differentiate… many of the substance abuse treatment centers nationally only accept out of network benefits, making paying for the cost of rehab exceptionally high and/or rendering it impossible for many.  At Illuminate Recovery in Scottsdale, AZ, they accept most major health insurance plans, thus minimizing the stress of paying for treatment. Additionally, they have been known to offer sliding scale pricing for individuals and families with tighter budgets.

Another major difference is that throughout the United States, most treatment facilities are 30 day programs and then if a higher level of care is recommended, clients need to seek those services elsewhere. This makes it difficult as clients have to change environments and get used to new people and therapists again and they have to come up with additional money out of pocket.  Illuminate Recovery offers 28, 60 and 90 day treatment programs. They additionally offer a full spectrum of care, allowing clients to smoothly transition from medical detox to inpatient-style treatment and then to outpatient treatment and sober living. Today Illuminate prides itself on being among the few truly customizable drug & alcohol rehabs in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona!

Why choose Illuminate Recovery for your substance abuse needs?

  • They are a growing program with state-of-the-art facilities.
  • They treat the whole person, providing individualized care.
  • They respect and protect your privacy.
  • They work directly with your insurance company.
  • They involve family and loved ones in the treatment process.
  • Most importantly, they believe that recovery IS POSSIBLE and relapse is not necessary for recovery.


The success rates for long-term sobriety are most partially dependent on the treatment you receive.  Education is provided to assist clients in seeing that their actions after treatment are what will ultimately determine their success. So much of the client’s likelihood for success in sobriety is in his or her hands.

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