Detox Centers Expand as Overdose Epidemic Increases

by Leander Yaiva

A May 2022 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more Americans died of drug overdoses in 2021 than any previous year. Out of the 107,622 casualties, more than 80,000 people died using opioids, including pain pills and fentanyl, a drug almost 100 times stronger than morphine. 

In Arizona, the epidemic continues to increase as well, where more than five people die every day due to opioid use. Last year, more than 2,000 Arizonans’ lives were claimed, with a majority of people being between the ages of 25 to 34. 

In 2021, Scottsdale Recovery Center saw an 11.63% increase from 2020 in overall patient admissions, with a total of 403 clients in recovery. So far in 2022, there have been 271 total admissions, almost four months ahead of admissions from last year. The grim numbers and crippling effect that drugs are having on our state and country has prompted major organizational expansion for SRC. To address and accommodate the need for comprehensive addiction recovery options, SRC has recently opened or acquired several properties that will house the influx of individuals seeking support. 

In November 2021, SRC opened a nine-bed detoxification facility to ensure that we offer the full spectrum of services. The detox program serves as the foundation to wellness and reinforces a programmatic structure to design an individualized approach to success. Since its opening, the location has admitted 202 patients. 

Next came The Trullies of Scottsdale, a 12-unit condominium complex, a certified sober living community through the Arizona Recovery Housing Association and the Arizona Department of Health Services. The location helps residents in recovery maintain an alcohol- and drug-free lifestyle by establishing an environment that supports and reinforces daily sober activities.

The most recent expansion effort is the opening of a new behavioral health residential home to support clients in recovery from substance use disorders. The Sweetwater Center is a 10-bed facility where clients can reside for up to 60 days as they move along in the recovery program. The program is also licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and Joint Commission accredited, with medical and clinical services available for clients who have transitioned from a hospital or directly from SRC’s detoxification unit.

The clinical, medical and psychiatric components of all three new company locations, plus the three existing inpatient, outpatient and sober living programs at SRC, meet the individual needs of all participants as presenting issues continue to revolve around mental and physical health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

As we anticipate and prepare to meet the individual needs of those who are struggling with addiction, we will continue to collect and disseminate data to ensure that the evolving trends in therapeutic intervention are met. Our expansion has been fully intentional and will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our ever-growing population.

We as an organization benefit from functioning within the parameters of our intended purpose. We intentionally contribute to the calm, and not the calamity. This allows us to meet the individual where they are and reinforce the organizational mission of SRC, to reconnect, rebuild and recover.

Leander Yaiva is the CEO at Scottsdale Recovery Center

Note: Information herein is NOT intended to be taken as medical advice. No therapeutic or medical claims are either implied or made. Before starting any addiction detox, treatment or recovery program please consult with a health care professional. DO NOT ALTER ANY MEDICAL TREATMENT, OR THE USE OF MEDICATIONS, WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF A LICENSED, MEDICAL CARE PROVIDER. The information herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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