There’s not a city in America untouched by addiction. The statistics are grim: Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50, the Drug Policy Alliance reports, and one in eight American adults is an alcoholic, according to the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.
In fact, your odds of dying from an opioid overdose are greater than dying in a car crash, the National Safety Council reports.
There is good news — amid all this tragedy in towns big and small, there are also thriving communities of people recovering from addiction. And perhaps nowhere is the recovery scene more robust than in Phoenix, Arizona.
What makes the Phoenix recovery scene so awesome?
We have four excellent reasons why you should get sober in the Valley of the Sun.
There are dozens of drug and alcohol treatment centers in Phoenix and the surrounding towns. Treatment centers in Arizona must be licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and meet their strict guidelines for operation.
If you want help for addiction, you can find it in Phoenix.
Peer-based support is vital to recovery. In many parts of the country, it’s not unusual for people to only have access to one or two of the larger 12-step fellowships. Phoenix, however, is home to a preponderance of groups and support systems — we literally have something for everyone:
But we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life. Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 132
If there’s one thing Phoenix has locked in, it’s fun in sobriety. In fact, the local fellowships host so many events, it’s not uncommon for there to be several recovery-based things to do over the course of any given weekend.
There is zero reason to be bored in recovery in Phoenix.
People come from all over the country not only for inpatient treatment in Phoenix but to enter sober living facilities, too.
New articles about addiction, treatment, and recovery sent directly to you!
Reading Time: 4 minutes One Arizona man is helping homeless men and women tell their stories. Lost in Phoenix is a Youtube channel created by Art Castro in November of 2020.