ARCA employs a variety of tools and techniques

to help individuals gain independence from addictive behaviors. We encourage you to learn how to use each tool and to practice the tools and techniques as you progress through the program in order to achieve a fulfilling and healthy life. These tools include:


  • Stages of Change
  • Change Plan Worksheet
  • Cost/Benefit Analysis (Decision Making Worksheet)
  • ABCs for Urge Coping
  • ABCs for Emotional Upsets
  • DISARM (Destructive Irrational Self-talk Awareness & Refusal Method)
  • Brainstorming
  • Role-playing and Rehearsing
  • USA Today (Unconditional Self-Acceptance)


CBT vs. 12-Step Programs

At ARCA, we believe that each individual finds his own path to recovery. For some that may include traditional 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). While the CBT approach differs from AA and NA, it does not exclude them. Some ARCA participants choose to still attend AA or NA meetings. Some find that what they hear at AA or NA meetings helps them on their path to permanent recovery.


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 that individuals should have a variety of choices from which to choose.


At Assisted Recovery, we do NOT require:

A belief in a Higher Power is NOT required. (Spirituality is an issue left to the individual.)


A commitment to abstinence for life is NOT required. (Although, for most, abstinence is the best option.)


A commitment to attend meetings for life is NOT required. (Recovery is a process, many clients move on with their lives once they learn what they need to.)


An individual does NOT need to assume the label of being an “alcoholic” or “drug addict” (We discourage putting a label of any type on an individual.)


An individual does NOT need to proclaim “powerlessness” over their addiction. (We seek to empower people to assume control over their lives.)


An individual does NOT need to accept the guidance of a non-professional “Sponsor”. (This is far too serious an issue for amateur advise).


More Information about ARCA

SERVICES OFFERED: Assisted Recovery offers outpatient substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation services that include: individual and group counseling; behavior management; and psycho/social rehabilitation, conducted within 100 weekly combined staff hours.


CLINICAL HOURS: Monday through Friday (MST) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 4:00pm to 6:00 p.m. Counseling services are available during these hours or by appointment.


ADMINISTRATIVE HOURS: Monday through Friday (MST), 11:0 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


POPULATIONS SERVED: Adults over age 18 in need of alcohol, drug and or mental health treatment services.


CLIENT/STAFF RATIO: Group counseling shall be restricted to no more than 12 participants per session.


STAFF QUALIFICATIONS: Staff qualifications meet or exceed requirements as defined by Arizona State Statute R9-20-204.

Recovery is a process that is unique to every individual. Together, we’ll design a treatment plan that will work for you.

At Assisted Recovery, we understand what you’re going through. You are not alone. We have helped many people just like you get on the road to recovery and stay there by offering a science and evidence based approach to recovery from alcohol and or drugs.


We offer the latest medications to control your cravings as you start the process of recovery. Combined with cognitive behavioral therapy based counseling, ARCA provides the most effective treatment approach available today.


At Assisted Recovery, we do not want treatment to be the total focus of your life. Our goal is for you to use the Assisted Recovery evidence based treatment program as a tool which allows you to continue your normal work and family activities. ARCA will treat you with respect and empathy. Our sole agenda is to help you to achieve all your recovery goals.


Below is our Statement of Purpose, our Program Goals and some general information about us. Please call (602) 264-7897 or toll free (800) 527-5344 if you would like more information.


The Four Components of Assisted Recovery:

1. Biological- First addressing the biochemistry (the Biological Component) of alcohol dependence, with the anti-alcohol craving medication’s Naltrexone, Vivitrol(R), Campral(R), Ondansetron and for opiates Suboxone and also Ondansetron.


2. Psychological- Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to learn how to be happy once again, without using.


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.


Assisted Recovery’s Statement of Purpose

Alcohol and / or other drugs (AOD) abuse and related issues are among society’s most pervasive medical and social problems. Assisted Recovery Centers of America recognizes that appropriate treatment can be effective for motivated individuals seeking recovery.


ARCA’s treatment protocols are based on the research and work of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Treatment Research Center, in Philadelphia. The protocols fully integrate pharmacological options and psychosocial support in the recovery process. This type of integrated program is an example of the Pennsylvania Model of Recovery, which distinguishes this approach from other protocols, which reject the use of pharmacological agents as an adjutant to aid in the recovery process.


The Pennsylvania Model is based on a medical model in which a full range of empirically tested treatment options is offered to individuals who are dependent upon alcohol. The University of Pennsylvania has a 40-year history of clinical studies, which has led to the development of the Pennsylvania Model protocols.


The medical and scientific community recognizes the research of the University of Pennsylvania as representing important advances in the treatment of addictions. For example, Dr. Joseph Volpicelli, MD,PhD of the university pioneered the use of the pharmacological agent Naltrexone HCI, which suppresses the craving to consume alcohol or opiates, and dramatically reduces relapse.

Assisted Recovery recognizes the value of clinical research, and was among the first in the nation to implement an evidence based treatment program.

Our program uniquely combines not only quality, compassion and concern, but also the best of empirically discovered strategies to assist alcohol and drug dependent individuals to become sober and happy, and most importantly,remain so.


Assisted Recovery and the Pennsylvania Model embrace the concept that alcohol dependence is a complex condition, which is clearly influenced by genetic factors. We accept that there are many paths to recovery. For example, countless individuals have recovered from alcohol via the traditional Minnesota Model or Twelve-Step format. Appropriate individuals, who would benefit from such a program, would find this Agency fully supportive of their efforts.


For those individuals who are not comfortable, or have repeatedly failed to achieve sobriety via the Minnesota Model, Assisted Recovery offers the Pennsylvania Model of Recovery.


Assisted Recovery Program Goals

Assisted Recovery seeks to provide the tools necessary for individuals to achieve the goals as outlined in their Individual Treatment Plan, emphasizing the following:


  • Enhancing motivation to abstain from alcohol or drugs, and remain abstinent
  • Learning how to refuse to act on urges to use
  • Managing life problems in a sensible and effective manner
  • Developing a positive, balanced and healthy lifestyle


To achieve this, Assisted Recovery utilizes the Pennsylvania Model, which embraces the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) as primary components of treatment. We endorse the work of Dr. David Burns, MD, Ph.D. of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Burns is a recognized pioneer in the use of CBT as a powerful tool for dealing with human issues and emotions. The use of CBT will allow the alcohol or drug dependent individual to consciously seek to change the manner in which they think and act. This agency also embraces the work of Dr. Albert Ellis, Ph.D. who is widely recognized for also pioneering CBT. Dr. Ellis is the father of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). It is with regret that we note that Dr. Ellis passed away on July 24, 2007.


In addition to CBT-based counseling, the Pennsylvania Model encourages each client to consider pharmacotherapy, for example, the use of pharmacological agent Naltrexone HCI as an adjutant component to treatment for alcohol dependence.