Treatment and Resources By Paul Fernandez and Aykman Fernandez

                   Based on statistical data, mental health professionals have shown that holistic long- term care for those with a substance use disorder (SUD) are producing positive outcomes similar to individuals with chronic illnesses (Office of the Surgeon General, 2016).  Mental health professionals agree the most effective method to prevent substance use from progressing into a substance use disorder (SUD) is early intervention (Office of the Surgeon General, 2016). It is also widely known that individuals with a SUD that do not seek medical attention for their disorder but will utilize health care for other reasons (Office of the Surgeon General, 2016). It is this knowledge that has led many health care providers to actively utilize screenings as an intervention tool in an effort to help identify if the individual is in the early stages of addiction (Office of the Surgeon General, 2016). With intervention being the most effective method in preventing individuals from experiencing a SUD, it would be sensible to offer intervention techniques, resources and programs.

               Intervention’s most powerful instrument is education, which develops knowledge through evidence-based information about drug and alcohol use and abuse (AZ Substance Abuse Partnership, 2018). With a foundation of substance use knowledge established on new found skills in their daily lives they have the capacity to live healthy productive lives. It is

important that the information individuals are receiving to be comprehensive including statistical data, early signs and/or behaviors of addiction, the physiological effects of drugs and alcohol and the socioeconomical and relational consequences of addiction (Project Know, 2019). The internet hosts an unlimited amount of information on drugs and alcohol and it is very critical to verify the accuracy of the information by using multiple trusted sources.

    One resource available is Family First Intervention. Family First Intervention will help families by providing a professional to help navigate the intervention by ensuring the best interest of the user is well maintained and communicated. It is important that the family uses a non-confrontational approach when engaging the user. Through the process of the intervention the trained counselor will determine the level of care the user will need. A common misconception is that interventions are a ‘one size fits all’ approach. However, outcomes will vary depending on the user’s age, gender, ethnicity, culture and the disorder (AZ Substance Abuse Partnership, 2018). In some instances, the desired outcome is for the user to take responsibility for the disorder before entering treatment; other times it is to ensure the proper level of treatment is accomplished (Family First Intervention, 2019).

               Family First Intervention also provides a Christian based intervention. Similarly, to the typical intervention, Family First Intervention will provide a specialist however, this specialist is familiar with a Christian approach. According to Family First Intervention many Christian families are stuck in an inactive posture as they struggle to identify what they and the user are accountable for. Family First Intervention professionals will utilize scripture to bring clarity to the family regarding responsibilities. The ultimate goal in the Christian based intervention is to get the user to accept responsibility and help them restore their faith (Family First Intervention, 2019).

Programs and Recourses in Arizona:

Decision Point is a 45 day residential treatment with a 14 day comprehensive program including

psychiatric, psychological, physical, family and/or relationship, nutrition and career goals.

Decision Point believes this six point approach is a spring board to well-being.

The Prescott House is a facility focusing on men with families. Their goal is to have the user accept responsibility for their addiction and identify, confront their risky behavior and establish a moral foundation to guide future behavior. The Prescott House will create a treatment plan unique to the needs of each individual.

Sierra Tucson uses the Sierra Tucson Model for treatment of men and women. The treatment model is an holistic approach based on the paradigm of the user. The user encompass mind, body, spirit and emotions. Additionally, Sierra Tucson will invite families to the facility as it is their belief long term recovery is family oriented.

Cottonwood de Tucson is a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited facility. Cottonwood de Tucson uses a holistic approach aimed at addressing underlying issues of addiction and are committed to long term care for their patients.

Calvary offers residential, outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment programs. Their treatment is faith based incorporating a 12 step program. Programs include daily prayer, weekly chapel, bible studies and a pastor led discipleship. Calvary also offers family programs which educates families on addictive processes, addictive personality and transitional living (, 2017).

Arizona Addiction Recovery Center

Arizona Department of Health Services (Div of Behavioral Health)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (Phoenix)

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Arizona Region of Narcotics Anonymous

Substance abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

National Association for Addiction Professionals

ATRI Addiction Treatment Reviews & Information

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

The Joint Commission

National Institute on Drug Abuse



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Office of the Surgeon General. (2016). Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. Washington D.C.: US Department of Health and Human Services.

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