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Kickstarting Your Recovery From Opioid Use Disorder

March 14, 2024

By: Erendira Zazueta, Coalition Coordinator

The first step to recovery is realizing you have a problem or simply realizing you don’t want to rely on a substance anymore. Once you recognize that you want to recover what do you do? Walk right into the first clinic you find? While that might work in some cases it’s not always the right way to go about finding a solution for recovery from an Opioid Use Disorder. A good way to start is by doing some research online to see what are the certain types of treatments you can receive for Opioid Use Recovery. Once you find one that interests you, look for a facility that offers that treatment.

One website you can use to find a treatment facility is FindTreatment . On there you just put in your address or zip code and it’ll show you treatment facilities around the area. There are lots of filters like facility types, adults, residential, outpatient, treatment approaches, etc. It even gives you the distance and will show you any location within 24 miles of you. You can sort it by distance, facility name, city, state, and even phone number. There will be  a short description of the services they offer, the payments they accept, their website, and their phone number. You can find treatments specifically for opioid use or any other substances and even mental health. The website is great for overall general treatment facility searches.

One of the facilities in Arizona is 2nd Chance treatment . At 2nd chance treatment they put therapy and medication together. They begin with therapy first and then use suboxone to aid with the treatment. They use evidence-based interventions for their outpatient treatment to achieve a lasting recovery. Another treatment center in the state is Sierra Tucson Treatment Center . They have an inpatient center where they can help with detoxing using medication. After the body is released from toxins they then help guide you into therapy to help you not get back into addiction. Another option is Calvary Healing Center  . They emphasize they work with the body, mind, and spirit. They offer some holistic approaches and help you begin your physical and spiritual healing from Substance Use Disorder. That can be an option for people who want a more spiritual approach to recovery which in some cases can be very helpful for some individuals who just need help believing in themselves.

While some people may want to have the medication assisted treatment and be in an inpatient facility there are a few alternatives to beginning your recovery if you don't want to begin using medication and being in a facility. There are things like Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) which involves using the tips of your fingers to tap on a sequence of points on the body related to acupressure points. It can help you free up energy and help you address underlying causes of addiction and help you cope more effectively. As cliché as it may sound, yoga can also help by making you more mindful and you will learn to cope with stress in a healthy manner. Starting yoga can help you begin your recovery journey as well instead if just heading straight to a treatment facility. Even art therapy can be an outlet for you to release your emotions and any underlying concerns. Sharing your paintings with a therapist can help you navigate your emotions and cope with stress. Also adventure therapy and being outside doing activities like hiking, rope course, bicycling can help reduce stress and let out bottled up emotions. These are all great ways to start your recovery, once you've learned healthier coping skills and let out your emotions you can go to a treatment facility to detox your body and not feel the physical effects anymore.

Not everybody is the same so not all treatments will be a good fit for everybody. That is why it is important to first do your research and find what treatment would work for you and if you try it out and it doesn’t work, try another method! Don’t give up just because it didn’t work out the first time. The FindTreatment website is a great tool for finding what works best for you and it’s free! Check out all the treatment centers around you whether you’re in Phoenix, in Arizona, or in the United States.

Thank you for checking out this week’s blog! Check back in next week for some more resources! 😊 


4.     American Addiction Centers (2024). Alternative Addiction Treatments and Therapies.

Image Sources

1.FindTreatment (2024). Locator.

2.UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. UK extension hosts substance use prevention and recovery summit.

3. Pinot’s Palette (2023). Art Therapy and Healing: The Restorative Power of Pinot's Palette Sessions.

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