Selecting a Treatment Provider in Arizona

Selecting a Treatment Provider in Arizona

In Arizona, overdose deaths numbered 1,670 in 2018, a time when the mortality rate was 23.8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[1] To help reverse this trend, American Addiction Centers continues to focus on its mission to help people find treatment regardless of whether or not it is at one of our facilities.

This page is a comprehensive resource of information about addiction treatment in Arizona. We detail the different types of rehab in Arizona, how to pay for private rehab, how to find state-funded resources, and where to look for accreditation information.

Types of Rehab Available in Arizona

There are three different types of treatment for those seeking help with substance abuse: detox, inpatient care, and outpatient care.

People struggling with addiction are vulnerable to the dangers associated with withdrawal. Detox is often the first step before moving to longer-term treatment options.[2] Detox includes medical support and guidance for an individual who is in withdrawal so they can physically stabilize before engaging in long-term, therapy-based treatment. Inpatient care involves a residential setting where patients receive around-the-clock care. Outpatient care is for those who have already completed inpatient care or for people who may not be able to take time away from work obligations or family responsibilities.

The table below showcases the number of rehab facilities in Arizona that offer each level of care:

Type of Care, by number and percent
Facilities
No. %
Outpatient 340 83.54%
Regular 311 76.41%
Intensive 202 49.63%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 59 14.50%
Detoxification 49 12.04%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 96 23.59%
Residential (non-hospital) 88 21.62%
Short Term 55 13.51%
Long Term 68 16.71%
Detoxification 24 5.90%
Hospital Inpatient 26 6.39%
Treatment 20 4.91%
Detoxification 25 6.14%
Total 407 100.00%

 

The majority of care facilities in Arizona (84 percent) are outpatient, followed by residential, or non-hospital, facilities (22 percent). Among outpatient facilities, respondents are most likely to use regular outpatient facilities (76 percent), followed by intensive facilities (50 percent).

Paying for Treatment in Arizona

The expense of paying for individual treatment can be daunting for people seeking enrollment in an addiction treatment program, especially for those who do not have health insurance coverage. Most people in Arizona attending treatment either use private or state insurance plans.

Addiction treatment can be costly. Projections anticipate that healthcare costs will rise to $6 trillion by 2027.[3] To combat substance abuse issues in the state, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Arizona’s Poison and Drug Information Centers launched one of the nation’s first real-time, comprehensive, and free hotlines for healthcare providers seeking consultation for complex patients with pain and opioid use disorder. Launched in 2018, the Arizona Opioid Assistance and Referral Line, operates 24 hours a day seven days a week and is answered by medical experts at Arizona’s Poison and Drug Information Centers to provide support to medical providers about a wide array of opioid-related topics.[4] In 2018, the state also declared opioid addiction a public health emergency and launched the Opioid Action Plan and the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act.[5]

How much treatment costs depends on several factors: the type of care required, whether it is inpatient or outpatient, the type of facility, the amenities, and more. Costs also depend on the type of treatment centers you choose, either state-funded or privately-funded.

The Difference Between Private & State Funded Rehab in Arizona

Private treatment is the best option for people with private insurance coverage through an employer. Those with independent financial security may also choose private treatment as well.

Among the two options, private treatment is ideal considering the challenges that often arise seeking government-run addiction treatment programs.

The following table breaks down the number of facilities in Arizona by whether they are private non-profit, private for-profit, locally funded, state-funded, or federally funded.

Facility Operation, by number and percent
Facilities
No. %
Private Non-Profit 217 53.32%
Private for Profit 160 39.31%
Local, county, or community government 1 0.25%
State government 1 0.25%
Federal Government 9 2.21%
Tribal Government 19 4.67%
Total 407 100.00%

 

More than half (53 percent) of the number of treatment centers in Arizona are of private non-profit, which is good news for people for whom affordability is an issue. More than a third (39 percent) are private for-profit.

Treatment in Arizona by Payment Option

Eleven percent of people in Arizona are without health insurance.[6] While not having a private insurance plan might limit your options, always remember that there are several treatment facilities that will serve your needs regardless. The table below breaks down the typical payment methods used and how many facilities in Arizona accept each payment type.

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 350 86.00%
Private Health Insurance 280 68.80%
Medicare 192 47.17%
Medicaid 270 66.34%
State-financed Health insurance 189 46.44%
Federal military insurance 156 38.33%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 4 0.98%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 118 28.99%
Other payments 2 0.49%
Sliding fee scale 214 52.58%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 172 42.26%
Total 407 100.00%

 

Treatment is possible in Arizona for those with the least resources. Cash is offered by the majority of facilities (86 percent), followed by private health insurance (69 percent) and Medicaid (66 percent). Good news for those struggling with finances: A sliding fee scale is offered by more than half of facilities (53 percent) and 42 percent offer treatment at no charge.

Treatment Center Accreditations in Arizona

Now that you understand the types of care available, the differences in facility types, and how to pay for treatment, the last thing you’ll want to consider about a facility is its accreditation.

Reviewing accreditations can be a helpful way to determine which treatment provider is best. In Arizona, the Arizona Department of Health Services provides accreditation for organizations throughout the state.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits operators worldwide at the request of health and human service providers and can be a good reference point when looking for accredited drug and alcohol treatment facilities. The Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment Providers (often referred to simply as the Joint Commission) also provides accreditation to service providers.[7]

Below is a table outlining the typical types of accreditations or licenses so you can understand what number of facilities have these and how common they are.

Facility Licensing, Certification, or Accreditation, by number and percent
No. %
Any listed agency/organization 375 92.14%
State substance abuse agency 181 44.47%
State mental health department 198 48.65%
State department of health 331 81.33%
Hospital licensing authority 25 6.14%
The Joint Commission 103 25.31%
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) 120 29.48%
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 6 1.47%
Council on Accreditation (COA) 18 4.42%
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) 1 0.25%
Other national organization or federal, state or local agency 9 2.21%
Total 407 100.00%

 

The good news is that there are a number of reputable providers with accreditations serving the state of Arizona. Almost all agencies (92 percent) have some kind of accreditation and a high number (81 percent) are accredited by the state department of health. You can rest assured there are many reputable options available no matter your individual circumstance.

[1] “Drug Overdose Mortality by State,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 29, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/drug_poisoning_mortality/drug_poisoning.htm
[2] Emily Guarnotta, “Drug & Alcohol Withdrawal Information,” Withdrawal.net, https://www.withdrawal.net/treatment/information/.
[3] “Healthcare Costs For Americans Projected to Grow at an Alarming Rate,” Peter G. Peterson Foundation, may 1, 2019. https://www.pgpf.org/blog/2019/05/healthcare-costs-for-americans-projected-to-grow-at-an-alarmingly-high-rate#:~:text=Healthcare%20Costs%20Continue%20to%20Rise,to%20%246%20trillion%20by%202027.
[4] Press release, The Arizona Department of Health Services, February 28, 2018, https://www.azdhs.gov/director/public-information-office/index.php#news-release-022818.
[5] “Opioid Epidemic,” https://www.azdhs.gov/prevention/womens-childrens-health/injury-prevention/opioid-prevention/index.php.
[6] “Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population,” 2018, KFF.org, https://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?activeTab=map&currentTimeframe=0&selectedDistributions=uninsured&selectedRows=%7B%22states%22:%7B%22rhode-island%22:%7B%7D%7D%7D&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22desc%22%7D
[7] “Evolving With Care,” The Joint Commission, https://www.jointcommission.org/.