Sabino Recovery

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  • Overall: 4.5
  • Accommodations: 4.6
  • Meals: 4.6
  • Effectiveness: 4.1
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Contact Information
8505 E. Ocotillo Drive
Tucson, AZ 85750
  • $ Paying for Treatment
    • Insurance is Accepted
    • Financing is Available
    • Medicare is not Accepted
    • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

HEALING RECOVERY FROM TRAUMA, ALCOHOLISM AND ADDICTION - Sabino Recovery is a 35-day residential recovery center for people suffering from trauma, alcoholism and addictions as well other mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety and depression. Our program provides comprehensive and personalized treatment in a safe, healing environment. PERSONAL, INDIVIDUAL - The campus is set on over 100 acres of stunning desert beauty, but is intimate and personal such that our residents don’t feel overwhelmed by the size or number of people on the campus. By keeping the number of residents we treat small, we are able to pay particular attention to each resident’s unique history and needs. Each resident's specific treatment plan is developed after careful assessment. Progress is closely monitored and the multi-disciplinary team meets daily to redesign the treatment plan as the resident’s recovery progresses. STAFF - Our treatment staff consists of carefully selected, highly credentialed, licensed individuals who work in a team environment to deliver care for our residents. Each employee at Sabino Recovery is carefully interviewed before being considered for our team. We handpick our staff not only for their experience and skill, but also for possessing a great deal of empathy, nurturing, and compassion. It is because of this careful selection process that we’ve created a remarkable environment for the healing of our residents. NEUROSCIENCE - Our treatment program is shaped by the latest research in neuroscience. Our Sabino Model: Neuroscience Based Trauma Treatment,™ utilize modalities informed by what we now know about the brain. We support healing through leveraging therapies which support neuroplasticity and offer neurofeedback and biofeedback. We are the only program in the country utilizing QEEG Brain Mapping. INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES - At Sabino Recovery, Integrative Therapies such as massage, acupuncture, Somatic Experiencing, and art therapy are not adjunct treatment; they are a critical part of the entire clinical program. All of the integrative therapies at Sabino Recovery are prescribed and combined to fit into the complete master treatment plan for the resident.

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.

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I attended this facility in the summer of 2017 for PTSD and issues related to an abusive relationship. Most people who were enrolled with me during my stay were seeking treatment for similar issues. I...


Sabino Recovery provides something that no other treatment center can; a unique experience tailored to your unique story. There is a common thread among the residents, most are deeply connected by the...


Compassion, respect, and genuine kindness permeates Sabino Recovery. The program is small, which is especially important to those who have trauma, the setting is peaceful and serene and the staff is a...


I attended this place in 2016. While the environment was great, the quality of the therapists I worked with was downright awful and there was a great disregard for confidentiality from the get go. The...


We were also. sold a bill of goods. My daughter went ther, paid 46 thousand dollars and came home worse. They have no aftercare program they just send you home with a ridiculous piece of paper. No fol...


staff ratio is excellent facility if clean food is healthy and excellent safe enviroment . One year ago in March my world changed unexpectedly. I was an innocent victim in an armed robbery on the Penn...


I can only say this. At Sabino recovery I got something called a 'Gift'. A gift of Life. Sabino Recovery gave me the tools to get through life without turning to substance to numb the pain from previo...


Compassion, Hope, Kindness. While at Sabino Recovery, I experience and received a life changing gift that will forever stay in my heart! From the compassionate staff that always have their arms extend...


The staff was excellent, particularly their use of new and different therapeutic tools, particularly Esotherapy. The one thing lacking in the program was aftercare. No aftercare plans were made with...


I attended Sabino recovery against my will. It was court ordered so that I could get out of jail for stalking and harassing communication. I'm a lawyer. I had already been to a rehab in Georgia and co...


We were sold a "bill of goods". My daughter came home not only on more meds than she left here with, but in worse shape. After being told she was not a good fit, we were told she was difficult and tak...


This is a wonderful caring facility. As a former patient I can say the accommodations are excellent. The food is terrific But go for the he staff. They are all kind and living individuals.


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


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...


Excellent. Awesome.


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. Sabin...

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.


At Sabino Recovery, we recognize that an addiction to drugs can be complicated. Only by understanding the cause are we are able to effectively treat drug abuse and addiction. For some, the use of drugs is a way of medicating difficult emotions, experiences, and memories. Drug use quickly becomes a way to escape those difficult emotions the cause of which often lies in the pain of past trauma. For others, due to a genetic predisposition, what begins as a routine prescription or innocent experimentation quickly escalates to addiction and dependence. Stopping becomes impossible, and will-power powerless. The resulting damage to their lives, relationships, and careers leaves lasting scars. Regardless of the cause, the result is that many find themselves struggling not only with addiction but also with co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety. Drug addiction does not resolve itself. It will not just go away. Careful assessment and comprehensive treatment is required for the chance to live a healthy sober life. If left untreated drug addiction is progressive and fatal.

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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    Bill Reynolds, PAC-C, CAQ - Psychiatric Physician Assistant

    U.S. Navy-trained physician assistant, Bill served on active duty for 30 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 2012. He has several years of psychiatry and addiction medicine experience, in addition to his family medicine background. Reynolds has a keen interest in working with trauma survivors due to his experience working with Marines and Sailors adversely affected by wartime stress. Additionally, he has experience in, and an affinity for addiction medicine. In 2017, Bill was awarded a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). He is one of only 15 certified PAs in Arizona to earn a CAQ in Psychiatry since the NCCPA’s inception in 2011.