Arizona Drug Statistics and Resources

In Arizona, individuals seeking treatment for alcohol and drug addiction have access to an array of services designed to support their physical, mental, and emotional health. This includes nonprofit organizations, government agencies, harm reduction resources, and departments focused on serving specialized populations, such as college students and veterans. Levels of care vary from crisis stabilization and inpatient support to intensive and general outpatient programs.

Drug Statistics in Arizona

Addiction Nonprofits in Arizona

Arizona Women’s Recovery Center

This non-profit organization provides addiction recovery services for women in Arizona. They provide various programs designed around individual needs including sober living houses, outpatient treatment, family services, and comprehensive career counseling.

Drug Free Arizona Kids

Operating under Southwest Behavioral and Health Services (SB&H), this program offers preventative education services for children and youth throughout the state. They engage parents, schools, and community members through programs that include workshops, webinars, training on substance use disorders (SUD), and digital guides.

Arizona Prevention Resource

This resource was created by the Community Outreach and Training Workgroup branch of the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership. It provides a centralized location for individuals seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction to find state-based and national treatment programs. Services are segmented and searchable by specialty population including families, school-aged children, first responders, military personnel, healthcare practitioners, and business leaders.

211 Arizona

This is a free number that individuals in Arizona can call to receive immediate support for a mental, physical, or social health crisis. Call center specialists can route callers to the appropriate resources they need which may include assistance with housing, food, transportation, healthcare, and related services.

Harm Reduction Programs

Shot in the Dark

This organization provides harm reduction services to residents in the greater Maricopa County area. In addition to naloxone distribution, they also offer addiction education resources, access to clean syringes, safe syringe disposal containers, and addiction treatment referrals.

Phoenix Public Libraries: Naloxone Program

In 2023, the Phoenix Public Library system announced that all 17 library branches would begin offering free naloxone kits, available upon request. Led by the Office of Public Health, the city-wide program provides multiple resources that can assist in the event of an overdose including Narcan nasal spray, gloves, and an instructional guide on overdose management.

Sonoran Prevention Works

This organization focuses on state-wide advocacy and outreach services. They operate multiple outreach sites that individuals can visit to find naloxone and safer-use supplies as well as HIV and Hepatitis C testing. Individuals and groups who want to implement harm reduction programs at their workplaces can attend paid training and consulting programs.

NEXT Distro Arizona

This group helps educate Arizona residents on where they can find harm-reduction supplies including naloxone, clean syringes, and local pharmacies. They also share educational resources on overdose prevention as well as connections to other, community-based care providers.

Government Grants & Resources

Governor's Office of Youth, Faith, and Family

This government program provides grants to support organizations across the state, including ones that provide children’s services, workforce development initiatives, juvenile justice resources, and similar offerings. They also help fund companies focused on substance abuse prevention, such as the Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention.

Arizona State Opioid Response (SOR) Project

Operating under the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center at Arizona State University (ASU), the SOR Project supports individuals recovering from opioid use disorder (OUD). Their services include helping clients find addiction medication, coordinating and integrating care plans, providing recovery support services, and engaging the community in addiction education.

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System: SUBG Gran

The Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Block Grant (SUBG) supports organizations in Arizona that provide addiction prevention and treatment services for individuals without access to health insurance or other resources. Funds are also available for companies providing early intervention services for high-risk substance users with HIV and tuberculosis.

College Addiction Resources

Arizona State University Wellness

The ASU Wellness program offers programs for students and faculty members that focus on preventing and treating substance use disorders. These include C3, which trains individuals on how to identify and support someone with SUD, as well as the peer-based recovery group Recovery Rising. They also provide online e-checkups for individuals to monitor their relationship with alcohol and marijuana.

Northern Arizona University: SUD Program

Students sanctioned by the university for drug- or alcohol-related violations can participate in the SUD program to learn more about addiction and take steps toward recovery. Services include individual and group counseling and psychoeducational services. 

The University of Arizona: Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS)

The CAPS program at the University of Arizona provides short-term, goal-focused outpatient counseling services for students seeking help for drug or alcohol addictions. Their team of multi-disciplinary providers can provide individual counseling, connections to peer-based support groups, addiction education, and referrals to off-campus resources for additional assistance.

LGBTQ+ Resources

Stonewall Institute

This facility provides outpatient alcohol and drug rehab services specifically for members of the LGBTQI+ community. Their interactive programming is designed to provide a supportive, sensitive, and safe environment for clients to engage with their peers, find addiction recovery resources, and access myriad services including 12 step programming, transitional housing, individual and group counseling, life skills and relapse prevention training, and aftercare support

Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute of Arizona (SOGIA)

This organization provides therapeutic care to members of Arizona’s LGBTQ+ community. They offer comprehensive mental and behavioral health care support including SUD-related counseling services for individuals, couples, and families. Sessions incorporate an array of evidence-based and holistic treatments including acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and trauma-focused therapy.

one n ten

This Phoenix-based non-profit organization supports youth who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Their programs include housing and workforce navigation, health and wellness services, outdoor recreational activities, and other identify-specific resources. They can provide mental health education and counseling as well as social-emotional education to support each client’s whole health.

Veterans Programs

VA Health Care System

Veterans, military personnel, and their families can access SUD treatment at three VA locations in Arizona. These include the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System in Prescott, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, and the Phoenix VA Health Care System. All of these locations provide 24-hour residential treatment, intensive outpatient, and general outpatient services. 

Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services

Military personnel, veterans, and their families can access the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services to find resources that include housing assistance, financial support, and healthcare services. Representatives can provide referrals and linkages to community-based programs that offer primary care and mental and behavioral health care for this community, including SUD treatment.

Staff Sergeant Alexander W. Conrad Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic

Located in Gilbert, this clinic provides primary care, dental care, and mental health care services for veterans and their families. They offer counseling support, medications, alternative treatments, and connections to community providers as necessary.

Indigenous & Tribal Programs

Indian Health Service Clinics

The Indian Health Service operates clinics throughout Arizona that provide physical and behavioral health care for members of federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. Programs are offered in designated health stations, health centers, and outpatient care facilities.

Native Health of Phoenix

This organization provides primary and behavioral health services for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and other individuals who require culturally sensitive care in Arizona. They offer individual, group, and family counseling services for individuals in addiction recovery, as well as peer support groups and addiction education resources. After-hours care is available.

Tohono O’odham Nation Division of Behavioral Health

This facility provides behavioral health care and SUD recovery services for members of the Tohono O’odham tribe and other eligible Native Americans in Arizona. In addition to individual, group, and family counseling, they also offer an outpatient program based on the 12 step recovery model, anger management training, community workshops, and youth services. Traditional healing practices, including Talking Circles and Sweat Lodge Ceremonies, are also available.

Drug Laws in Arizona

Naxolone Standing Order

All pharmacies in Arizona operate under a standing order that allows them to dispense naloxone to requesting persons, even without a prescription. This law is designed to remove barriers that might prevent individuals from obtaining this life-saving medication.

Good Samaritan Law

Under Arizona law, individuals can be protected against drug-related charges if they seek emergency medical support for someone who is overdosing.

Court-Ordered Treatment

In some cases, individuals facing non-felony drug offenses may be able to attend court-ordered treatment services in lieu of serving time in jail. These services will include a combination of counseling and addiction education to prevent future offenses.

Per Se DUI Law

Under this law, Arizona residents who have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above the state’s legal limit of 0.08% are considered to be intoxicated. Law enforcement personnel do not require any further evidence of impairment or intoxication to move forward with a DUI case.


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