ABOUT THE RIVER SOURCE - ARIZONA CITY
Located 30 minutes outside Arizona City, Ariz., The River Source is one of the 78 (22.9 percent) of Arizona treatment facilities that provide residential treatment for adults struggling with substance abuse. The center is also one of the 201 (58.9 percent) Arizona treatment facilities offering treatment for individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders.
The program specializes in naturopathic and medical care, beginning with detoxification services. There is also a strong emphasis on 12-step processes. A specialized women's track and a Christian-based track are both available. Intensive outpatient programming is offered at the River Source's facility in Mesa.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to The River Source's website, residential treatment plans at The River Source in Arizona City vary in length from 30 to 90 days. Admission begins with a pre-assessment by phone, and clients can be accepted and transported to the facility within 24 hours. Upon arrival, residents undergo a one-hour intake process before beginning a five-to-ten-day detox program.
Detox services focus on physical comfort during withdrawal from drugs or alcohol. Medication-assisted therapy, such as Suboxone, is available for individuals addicted to opiates. Most residents in detox also receive acupuncture, dry sauna treatment, and nutritional IV infusions, along with individual and group counseling.
Holistic healing is a key aspect of all stages of treatment at the River Source. Yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture, sauna, vitamin shots, and nutritional IVs continue beyond the detox period.
Clients who have received a dual diagnosis of addiction and a mood, anxiety, or personality disorder receive integrated therapy. All clients are expected to participate in a 12-step process, with an emphasis on the first three steps. Family counseling can also be arranged, either on-site or by phone. Counseling sessions typically involve cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Following residential treatment, clients can continue to receive care by transitioning to the intensive outpatient or day program in Mesa. There, they will have ongoing access to naturopathic treatment and process groups. Aftercare provisions include online therapy sessions, employment support services, alumni connections, and sobriety screenings.
The River Source’s staff is comprised of naturopathic medical doctors and registered nurses, as well as master's-level therapists, licensed substance abuse counselors, and life coaches. The center is also one of the 73 (21.4 percent) of Arizona facilities accredited by The Joint Commission.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Men and women reside in separate living quarters in one main building at the Arizona City facility. Bedrooms are semi-private, and there are communal dining halls, spacious lounges, indoor and outdoor yoga areas, and exercise equipment on facility grounds. The facility's website describes the setting as home-like. Cell phones, laptops, and smoking are permitted, although restrictions apply, and visitation is welcome on weekends after the first week in residence.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The more than 225 alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mostly positive feedback, and most indicated they would recommend The River Source. Over 90 percent awarded four or five out of five stars for the effectiveness of treatment, or provided solidly favorable comments without numerical ratings. A vast majority complimented the staff, most frequently for their empathetic, supportive approach. Several noted the value of staff members being in recovery themselves.
Written comments also frequently reflected the facility's emphasis on 12-step practices. Multiple alumni did note a need for more variety in treatment modalities. Suggestions offered included more group counseling and more physical activity besides yoga.
The rehab center's holistic nature received explicit and favorable comments from about 10 percent of alumni reviewers, who referenced yoga and connection with God in particular. Even more reviewers cited their experience of fellowship and connections with peers as a highlight. Opinions of The River Source aftercare services were split, however. Of those that referenced aftercare, about one in four were critical. Other complaints, from fewer than five percent of alumni, centered on too many clients in the program and unhelpful treatment.
To date, the 128 individuals who left Google reviews also gave positive feedback, offering an average of 4.7 out of five stars. "They also praised the staff, and some described the treatment as life saving. "Definitely helped save my life. So grateful for this treatment center and the people who worked there when I was there," one alum wrote in a representative review. 
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave consistent five-star ratings for overall treatment effectiveness and indicated they would recommend the facility. Awarding the facility five-star ratings for the level of family participation, counseling options, and co-occurring treatment, one loved one wrote: "Stress free, amazing staff, really care about your health and well being."
WHAT STAFF SAY
The sole staff member polled by Rehabs.com awarded five-star ratings for the facility's cleanliness, holistic offerings, and the likelihood they'd recommend the facility to others. The staff member described the facility's staff as a "true family."
According to The River Source's website, most private insurance plans are accepted, and financing options are available through arrangement with M-Lend Finance.
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