Sabino Recovery

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  • Overall: 4.7
  • Accommodations: 4.8
  • Meals: 5.0
  • Effectiveness: 4.3
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Contact Information
8505 E. Ocotillo Drive
Tucson, AZ 85750
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    • Insurance is Accepted
    • Financing is Available
    • Medicare is not Accepted
    • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Healing Recovery from Trauma and Addiction. Sabino Recovery specializes in the treatment of trauma and its resulting symptoms such as addictions, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. We know there are very real reasons driving these unhealthy behaviors and believe that traumatic experience is the root cause. Through the use of the our Sabino Model: Neuroscience Based Trauma Treatment,™ we address the root trauma early in treatment and simultaneously expose our residents to a consistent experience of staff who are empathetic, compassionate, and kind. This, in combination with our carefully selected, integrated and holistic treatments builds the new neural pathways that strengthen healthy self-perception, behavior, connection, and true healing. When residents arrive, we work together to build the optimum therapy plan. This includes determining what therapies, modalities and activities are best suited to each individual. Our assessment process produces a very carefully crafted, highly- integrated treatment plan so that the healing can begin. Resident's progress is reassessed and every week and changes to their plan are made based on what modalities are working best.

Sabino Recovery Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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Looks and sounds great but standard of therapists very patchy, ranging from absolutely excellent to incompetent.

Carolyn ga

I have champs .ca insurance,my husband is 100 percent disabled maggie,im a cocaine user 3x a week for28 years need help, please help me


The kind, nurturing, compassionate staff and the extremely individualized plan for each resident were strengths. Some of the buildings are not aesthetically pleasing. The fact that Sabino Recovery rea...


Empathy, Consistency, Nurturing, were all strengths. Open Campus was a weakness. Wonderful treatment


Excellent. Awesome.


Sabino Recovery is a state of the art treatment facility like no other. I have worked in this field for 30 years and find Sabino Recovery to be cutting edge with research in neuro science and holisti...


Sabino recovery completely saved my life. It is an amazing cutting edge treatment center The staff is amazing, absolutely the best in their respective fields. To be completely honest, I miss it. Sabi...

Areas of Focus
Family Program

Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Betrayal Trauma

Many times those who are faced sexual and emotional betrayal by someone they have loved and trusted are deeply wounded and confused and describe it as if their life has been pulled out from underneath them. You are not to blame for this crisis. You did not cause it or create it. Throughout your journey, we are here to provide information, focus and support. We will help you learn how to take care of yourself – as it is likely that your body and brain have been affected by this trauma, and your spirit is surely damaged too. We are here to help you through the trauma, to understand how to communicate your feelings, make empowered choices, and reclaim your own sexuality. Our goal is to help you find a sense of validation knowing that many people find themselves in similar situations. It is entirely possible that you can learn to thrive and even discover gifts buried in the wounds created by sex addiction.

Emotional Trauma

The Sabino Model of Trauma Recovery acknowledges that what happened in childhood or adult life may cause one to behave irrationally in the present and even to catastrophize the future. Trauma and resulting PTSD, addiction, depression, anxiety, etc. are normal reactions to an abnormal experience. By treating the core issues of trauma such as traumatic grief, traumatic shame and attachment failure, the root of the presenting problem is attended to and the individual is less likely to relapse, continue to feel depression, anxiety or have a need to medicate emotions with unhealthy behaviors such as drugs and alcohol. The model purports that if trauma issues are fully addressed then resulting symptoms also diminish, as the symptoms represent results of traumatic experience. We know that both early childhood trauma and/or adult trauma may be over-reactive and under-reactive. The result of unprocessed trauma can be seen in emotional, behavioral, and psychological extremes. The Sabino Model treats the extreme behaviors through empathy, nurturing, kindness, and compassion and targets the treatment toward the trauma roots; one by one if necessary. Trauma is any experience or experiences that are emotionally overwhelming in which one has a real or perceived threat to their safety or life, and/or the safety and life of somebody else.

Eating Disorder Treatment

Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.

Individualized Treatment

Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Sexual Abuse and Trauma

Those who have survived sexual abuse often experience behavioral issues including PTSD, addiction, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems that can make life unmanageable. The Sabino Model, which creates a safe, nurturing environment for residents gives survivors of sexual abuse and trauma the support necessary to heal. We prescribe highly personalized treatment plans with carefully selected integrative therapies such as acupuncture, equine therapy, art therapy, Somatic Experience and EMDR specific to the resident’s life circumstance. When coupled with individual and group counselling provided by our skilled therapists, the environment is provided to bring those who suffer to better health. We are expert at working with the guilt, shame and relationship troubles that often manifest as well as the core trauma that is causing the symptoms. Ours is an environment of kindness, empathy and trust which allows residents the safety and environment for the hard work of addressing the principal trauma.

Sleep Disorders

Sabino Recovery is one of the first inpatient residential treatment centers to include a state-of-the-art sleep lab. The sleep lab helps provide a complete picture of individuals’ needs that furthers the ability to provide truly customized treatment plan for each resident. The sleep clinic, which allows for sleep assessments and extensive lab testing to be performed on-site, is a key element of recovery from trauma, attachment failure, alcohol addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, drug addiction and other co-occurring disorders. With sleep issues being a common factor in addiction, PTSD, and many other conditions caused by trauma, Sabino Recovery’s focus on sleep integrates an important component of the Sabino Model and furthers our commitment to holistic care. While sleep has not traditionally been addressed during the clinical recovery process, Sabino Recovery views it as necessary to treating the whole person.

Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)

Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

It is often the case that the individuals suffering from PTSD have become accustomed to seeking “safety” in harmful ways such as drug and alcohol. In truth, this isn’t safety at all, but rather a means of attempting (and failing) to cope with the painful effects of trauma. Trauma can alter one’s psychological, biological, and social equilibrium, making recovery from addictions and other unhealthy behaviors difficult or impossible without also treating the root trauma. Sabino Recovery prioritizes the establishment of a physically, emotionally and spiritually safe environment for recovery. Our program incorporates “Seeking Safety,” which is based around the central idea that when a person has both substance abuse issues and trauma, the most urgent clinical need is to establish safety. As part of our Sabino Model, we have practice an evidence-based model that recognizes the connection between substance abuse and trauma, and was developed to meet the need for integrated treatment when these issues are co-occurring. Its goal is an empathetic approach that names the trauma experience, validates its connection to substance use, and offers safe coping skills to manage the often overwhelming emotions experienced with both.

Alumni Testimonials
  • For the first time in my life I felt safe. The atmosphere, surroundings and staff allowed me to feel peace amongst the hurt and pain. The love, compassion and empathy have touched my soul in a way I will never forget. Life is challenging at best but now I know there is a group of people that “got me.” I am not cured but I am healing. With a family like this I can do anything!”
    Joanie B.
  • Just wanted to take a minute and thank you both for such a productive family week. Myself, my Mom and (friend) all feel the experience was invaluable and will live a lifetime in us. So, thank you! You guys are really good at what you do. So much love...
  • What you're doing and the knowledge you both have, I would recommend Sabino Recovery to anyone, should they need help in this area. There is clearly no other choice than Sabino Recovery. Please know how much your efforts have been and are appreciated.
  • I am leaving an incredible place.....a place that is a combination of holistic, medical, spiritual, and scientific work....this is a rare combination.....there is such a high level of courtesy by the staff, and I can't say enough about them....they are amazing.
Key Staff Members
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    Peggy Holt, LPC, CTRS, EGALA, BCC - Clinical Director

    Peggy has 25 years of experience in program development and hands-on therapeutic experience – much of it working with those suffering from trauma and addiction. She has provided not only program development but individual and group therapy for survivors of catastrophic events, Native American families, adults in prison and for at-risk youth. Most recently she worked at a residential treatment center where she helped develop and served as primary therapist for their trauma and mood program. She is an accomplished and sought after speaker and has lectured to Fortune 500 companies, at national industry conferences, and internationally including the annual EAGALA conference in Australia and a transcontinental cruise of the Queen Elizabeth 2. Peggy also co-authored the book The Everest Principle, a book on peak performance for all populations. A Licensed Professional Counselor and trained in hypnosis, equine therapy, therapeutic recreation, biofeedback and EMDR, she brings a vast wealth of experience, breathtakingly positive energy and focused desire to help others.

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    Dr. Dawn Bantel, MD - Medical Director

    Dr. Bantel serves as the Medical Director at Sabino Recovery, where she is focused on providing integrative medical care for mental health clients. She is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is trained to focus on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. She received her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She previously served as Medical Director at Mirasol, a residential eating disorder center for adults and teens. In addition to having operated her own naturopathic family practice, Dr. Bantel is also recognized as a distinguished national speaker on the subject of medical management of eating disorders. Her work at Sabino Recovery gives her the opportunity to assist people in developing their own empowerment and provide functional testing to remove obstacles to healing.

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    Dr. Marla Perry, NP - Psychiatric Nurse

    Dr. Perry is a licensed Psychologist and certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Her practice is centered on mindfulness and compassion, and their influence on neurophysiology, as prime components to a greater understanding of how humans heal. For more than 30 years, she has worked with adults experiencing PTSD, depression, anxiety, mood instability, addictive behaviors and disordered eating. She earned her Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing. As a certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, her work has included adult psychiatry in community clinic settings, psychiatric hospitals, residential and intensive out patient programs. Over the last 25 years, Marla and her husband have lead tours to sacred sites in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, and Bhutan. These experiences influenced her recognition of the healing power of the land in and around Sabino Recovery, a place where the energy gathered in the mountains flows out across the terrain.

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    Dr. Liz Canterna Douglass, PhD - Clinical Psychologist

    Dr. Douglass is a clinical psychologist, with more than 25 years’ experience in the healthcare and addictions field. She previously served as manager of UCLA Medical Center’s Continuity of Care and Special Services Department and as director of inpatient and outpatient alcoholism treatment programs at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California. More recently, she worked in various capacities during her 14 years at Sierra Tucson, including Interim Director of Psychology and Staff Psychologist, where she oversaw psychology intern training, coordinated assessment and diagnostic programs and administered psychological testing programs. She maintains a private practice in Tucson and provides consulting services to other area outpatient addiction recovery facilities in the region. Sabino Recovery, with its core mission and philosophy of care, reflects Dr. Douglass’ personal value system and unique approach to healing.