Alcohol Programs


I no longer crave alcohol! I can now break through the barriers that have held me down for so long.

-ARCA Client

ARCA is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The Four Components of Assisted Recovery:

1. Biological
First addressing the biochemistry (the biological component) of alcohol dependence, with the anti-craving medication naltrexone, and/or the new medication Campral®, which helps to stabilize the brain chemistry.

2. Psychological
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to learn how to be happy once again, without the use of alcohol.

3. Environmental
Addressing family, relationship, employment, and legal issues.

4. Spiritual
At Assisted Recovery we recognize that a spiritual component is helpful for many people seeking recovery. We feel however that this issue is best left to the individual.

Why are we non-12-step?

We’d like to state at the outset that this does not mean that we are Anti-AA. (See “An Open Letter to Our Friends at AA.”) We believe in anything that works, and we believe that individuals should have a variety of choices from which to choose.

Since 1995, here at Assisted Recovery, we have seen our approach work even when the 12-step approach had previously failed.

Most people are already familiar with AA’s primarily spiritual program of recovery (turning your will and your life over to a Higher Power). AA offers many social support resources, in the form of self-help group meetings that are available nearly everywhere… plus dances, pot-luck suppers, retreats and conventions where members can meet other sober people. AA also offers some limited psychological tools, mostly in the form of simple slogans such as “One Day at a Time,” which are easy to understand and remember.

As a recognized leader in the non-12-Step recovery movement, Assisted Recovery’s founder and Director Lloyd Vacovsky was interviewed for the Penn and Teller Show on the Showtime Cable TV network. The episode about AA, entitled “12 Stepping”, which began airing in September 2004. In this episode, Penn and Teller were particularly critical of AA, and of government-mandated attendance to what is essentially a religious program. (Note: Suggested only for mature audiences and those who are not offended by foul language.)

Assisted Recovery Centers of Arizona (ARCA) is proud to offer individuals struggling with alcohol dependence.

Assisted Recovery became operational in April of 1997 and is fully licensed by the State of Arizona as a behavioral health provider. Emphasizing a cognitive approach to therapy with the adjutant use of medication, Assisted Recovery has pioneered a new path to recovery. Assisted Recovery has taken ideas that were first used in an academically based research program at the University of Pennsylvania and established a state of the art recovery program.

The Assisted Recovery Program fully integrates medications with psycho-social support. This type of integrated program is an example of the Pennsylvania Model of Recovery. The model is so named in recognition of the work of the University of Pennsylvania and in particular Dr. Joseph Volpicelli, MD, PhD (author of Recovery Options)

The Pennsylvania Model recognizes that dependence upon alcohol is a biological, psychological and social condition. Further, it recognizes that treatment should address each of these issues in order to enhance a successful outcome. Dr. Volpicelli has compared the three components to a three-legged stool. With all three legs in place, we have a solid and effective treatment program. Take one leg away and the value of the stool as a seat is greatly reduced.

The Pennsylvania Model addresses the biological component with the use of approved anti-alcohol medications, for example naltrexone, Vivitrol(R) and Campral®. It must be remembered however, that the medications, while very effective, are not cures in themselves. Rather, they are very effective tools, that greatly assist the recovery process. We understand that many individuals fear the use of medications, especially medications that they are not familiar with. The medications utilized by clients of Assisted Recovery are safe, fully documented and approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration. We are of the view that no one should take unnecessary medication. However, if you have a headache, take an aspirin or similar pain reliever. If you are dependent upon alcohol, use the effective medical tools that are available to you.

The Psychological component is addressed primarily with the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as developed by Dr. Albert Ellis, PhD of the Albert Ellis Institute of New York City. The reality is that getting an individual to stop drinking alcohol is the easy part of the recovery process.

The use of anti-alcohol craving medications makes it possible for even the most hard-core drinkers to stop in relative comfort.

Indeed, the most difficult part of the process is learning how to be happy , without the use of alcohol.

The University of South Carolina in August of 2005 reported that patients treated for alcohol dependence with naltrexone (one of the Assisted Recovery medical tools) did significantly better with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as compared to those on a placebo.

The third leg or social component is addressed with professional and emphatic counseling that assists an individual to address family, relationship, employment and legal issues. Alcohol can be compared to a sandbox. It gives an individual the ability to stick his or her head in the sand, like an ostrich, and gives the illusion that all is well. Meanwhile, right outside the sandbox is a lion, which roars each time the individual removes his or her head (stops drinking alcohol). More often than not, the individual sticks his or her head right back into the sandbox. The use of counseling or the third leg is a vital component of the process of recovery.

Outpatient Programs we offer:

Assisted Recovery Local Program – Phoenix

The “state-of-the-art” alcohol treatment program is comprehensive, evidence-based, medically assisted, and is non-12-step.

Accelerated Program for out-of-town visitors

The Accelerated Program is a more intensive version of our regular out patient program. It is designed for those in other cities who are unable access an evidenced based program. This includes up to a year of follow with your therapist.

Confidential Professional / Executive Program

Customized to suit the requirements of individuals with a special need for complete confidentiality, and is designed to accommodate the client’s schedule. You tell us your needs, and we’ll design a Treatment Plan that will work for you.

Assisted Recovery Intense Three Day option

This program is designed for individuals who simply cannot get away from family or employment obligations for more than just a few days. Highly motivated individuals can do very well in this approach. While not as intensive as the Accelerated Program, it will provide an evidence based structure for recovery. This program also includes follow up using either SKYPE or the telephone.

Don’t see a program that looks “exactly right” for you?
We’ll customize an individual Treatment Plan to meet your needs.

Contact Assisted Recovery today at
(602) 264-7897