Assisted Recovery Centers of America is a premier outpatient substance abuse clinic utilizing cutting-edge treatment methods tailored to meet our client’s needs.


ARCA has been on the cutting edge of substance abuse treatment, utilizing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and intensive psychotherapy since 1995. During this time, we have learned that there is both an “art” and a “science” to treating addiction, and that each of our clients is unique. With this knowledge, ARCA understands how different factors may impact one’s recovery, and we are adept at making adjustments to meet our client’s unique needs.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs. 12-Step Programs

ARCA offers an alternative to Twelve-Step programs that predominate the substance abuse treatment community. We believe that each individual finds his or her own path to recovery and that for some that may include traditional 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). While ARCA’s approach differs from AA and NA, it does not exclude them. In fact, some ARCA participants choose to still attend AA or NA meetings while receiving professional treatment from ARCA. Some find that what they hear at AA or NA meetings helps them on their path to permanent recovery and we support clients in finding and using what works for them.


At Assisted Recovery, we do NOT require:

A belief in a Higher Power (Spirituality is an issue left to the individual)


A commitment to abstinence for life (Although, for most, abstinence is the best option.)


A commitment to attend meetings for life (Recovery is a process, ARCA clients are expected to move on with their lives once they learn what they need to)


The use of labels, such as “alcoholic” or “drug addict” (We discourage putting a label of any type on an individual and teach our clients and their loved-ones to look beyond labels)


That an individual admit “powerlessness” over their addiction (ARCA empowers clients to assume control over their lives and provides them the tools and support to do so)


Reliance on a “sponsor” or guidance from a non-professional (This is far too serious an issue for amateur advice)


More Information about ARCA

SERVICES OFFERED: Assisted Recovery offers outpatient substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation services that include:


- Psychological and psychosocial assessment

- Medical evaluation

- Intensive individual and group counseling

- Family counseling

- Psychoeducation and skill building classes

- Support groups for loved-ones

- Ongoing support from experienced, caring staff members


Having been in metropolitan Phoenix for over 20 years, ARCA staff knows the community and the various resources that may support one’s longstanding recovery and healthy living.

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), 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 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. All services are directly supervised by a Licensed Psychologist.

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 intensive psychotherapy, psychoeducation, and support for families, 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 integrate back to your normal life, work, and family activities. ARCA will treat you with respect and empathy in services of helping you achieve your recovery goals.

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

The Four Components of Treatment at Assisted Recovery:

1. Biological

At ARCA, we recognize that the biological effects of alcohol abuse increase the chances of relapse and threaten lasting recovery. We address this physiological component of addiction utilizing the anti-craving medication naltrexone, and Campral®, which helps to stabilize the brain chemistry and reduce craving and relapse.


2. Psychological

Psychological factors can lead to addiction and often times act to prolong and worsen the problem. ARCA has experience helping people better understand themselves and their addiction, and we empower our client’s to take more control over their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

Psychological services include: psychological assessment and testing, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, family therapy, psychoeducational groups and skill-building classes. ARCA also offers support groups for loved-ones of those suffering from addiction.


3. Environmental

Addiction can take a serious toll on one’s environment, including their family and close relationships, employment, and social relationships. Substance use can also create legal and/or economic problems for an individual. At ARCA we understand how addiction can effect our client’s environment and are prepared to assist in repairing these areas of one’s life.


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 and we will not require or emphasize the adoption of any particular spiritual belief.


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 moticated 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.


Contact Assisted Recovery today at (602) 264-7897