Drug Rehabilitation Centers in Pima County, Arizona

Created On Wednesday, 08, September 2010
Modified On Tuesday, 09, November 2021


Pima County is located in southern Arizona. Home to over 980,000 residents, Pima County is the second-largest in the state and is also home to Tucson. But like many other areas with dense populations, Pima County has had difficulties with substance abuse and addiction, particularly since the drug epidemic has swept across America. From 2015 to 2017, there were 719 drug overdose deaths in Pima County, an incredibly high number reported by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. This is the second-highest total of overdose deaths among counties in Arizona, and a reflection of exactly how many lives could've been save with timely and adequate drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. Even more concerning, is that this number of deaths only reflects a fraction of the unknown number of people still addicted to drugs in Pima county who could become the next statistics.

One of the leading causes of drug overdose death is opioids. Opioids are so deadly because they can cause overdose very easily. Being a central nervous system depressant, opioids slow core smooth muscle functions in the body and involuntary actions like breathing. Too many opioids in a person's system will slow breathing to the point of respiratory failure and the person will die of suffocation. Thankfully, they are unconscious when this occurs, so they do not suffer from the process. But this also prevents them from being able to do anything to help themselves or let anyone know they are in distress. Because of this, those who live alone and do not have a support system are much more likely to die from overdose. No one is there to discover them overdosing and potentially save their lives by calling for paramedics or administering a drug like Narcan if they have it. Narcan is an opioid reversal drug which is used to quickly rescue someone who is overdosing. It can be administered intravenously or by a nasal spray and is available in many states either over the counter or from a pharmacist.

Another drug that's become increasingly responsible for overdose deaths is methamphetamines. These drugs can kill a person from cardiac complications. A stimulant, meth increases heart rate and other bodily functions, taking the system to the opposing extreme as opioids. But what's interesting, is meth didn't use to kill as much as it does now. Even in the late 90s and early 2000s when meth use was sweeping America, overdose deaths were uncommon. But now, America's meth is manufactured mostly in Mexico by drug cartels that have access to equipment and chemicals that have become illegal here. This allows them to produce massive quantities of extremely potent meth which is then smuggled into America for a fraction of what the drug used to cost. And meth was never expensive to begin with. Because of this, there have been an explosion in overdose deaths across the nation, and Pima county is no different.

Regardless of the drug, anyone struggling with substance abuse should get help as soon as possible. Don't hesitate to call and speak with an addiction professional about your treatment options in Pima county.

Here is a list of the different drug rehab centers in Pima County, Arizona. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

List of Drug Rehab Centers in Pima County, Arizona


Marcel Gemme, DATS


on November 9, 2021

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.