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Elm Tree Recovery

2211 S. Mill Ave, Tempe, Arizona, 85282
Elm Tree Recovery clients receive 90 days of intensive inpatient treatment tailored to young people in recovery. We address and treat the roots of our clients’ disorders and show them how to achieve sustained, long term sobriety by teaching them the tools needed to transition from treatment to recovery. Our rehabilitation program addresses not only drugs and alcohol, but also treatment for dual diagnosis, trauma recovery, and other compulsive behaviors. The layout of our program is to create an authentic community where recovery and learning become one. Elm Tree is located just blocks away from the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. Public transportation allows our clients access to other major universities and community colleges in the Phoenix metro area. Individuals at Elm Tree develop the skills needed to emerge into their adult life.

Facility Highlights

  • Small residential treatment center with personalized treatment plans
  • Therapeutic academic community for young adults in recovery
  • 90 days intensive inpatient treatment tailored for young adults


  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

    EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
  • Client & Family Support Groups

    Group therapy is a vital component of addiction recovery treatment, considered as important and effective (sometimes even more so) than individual therapy. Benefits include reducing isolation and loneliness and providing the opportunity to learn from others in recovery. In the addiction setting, group therapy is run by trained professionals who guide participants toward a shared goal of recovery.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Adam McLean, MA
    Adam McLean, MAExecutive Director
    Adam obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in San Francisco, CA. Adam has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in Phoenix, AZ. Adam is currently receiving his PsyD in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University. Adam first began providing client services in community mental health for a non-profit in Northern Arizona. He assisted in creating a long-term extended care program that combined an outdoor adventure experience with traditional treatment modalities. Adam holds certification as a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) with the Pennsylvania Control Board. Adam also works with NADCP, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals working on alternative sentencing for chronic drug offenders. Adam is a member of the NAADAC, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, NAATP, National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, NATSAP, National Association of Therapeutic Boarding Schools.
  • Stacy Smith, PhD, CSAT
    Stacy Smith, PhD, CSATEMDR Clinical Director
    Dr. Stacey Smith is a licensed psychologist in both Arizona and Texas and has been working in the addictions field in residential and IOP settings since 2010. Dr. Smith will be the clinical director for Tree Behavioral Health and will oversee day to day clinical operations. His dedication to assisting those suffering from addiction has been his career focus as exhibited by his practice in working with those struggling with alcohol and chemical addictions as well as process addictions such as intimacy disorder, sex, gambling and gaming addictions. During this time, Dr. Smith has become well versed in assisting patients in addressing co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses as well. Stacey has worked as a primary therapist, Director of Intensive Outpatient Programs and Clinical Director of a residential treatment center and has a wide variety of experience working in this field. Dr. Smith has an eclectic approach to working with addiction, realizing that there is no ‘one size fits all’, and uses psychodynamic processes as well as cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing techniques in his work to address client concerns. His commitment to assisting patients with childhood trauma that may exist is evidenced by his additional training in EMDR Dr. Smith has an eclectic approach to working with addiction, realizing that there is no ‘one size fits all’, and uses psychodynamic processes, motivational interviewing techniques, and EMDR in his work to address client concerns.

Financial Details

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Opened in the Spring of 2017, Elm Tree Recovery provides a residential treatment program to young adults from ages 17 to 28 who are struggling with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders. Located in Tempe, Ariz., the facility integrates clinical services with academic involvement to treat addiction and promote academic achievement. If necessary, the facility provides social detoxification.


Before beginning treatment, clients speak with an admissions counselor via phone to ensure the facility is an appropriate program. Upon admission, clients may also undergo an initial substance abuse and psychiatric assessment to identify individual client needs. Clients must commit to at least 90 days of residential treatment in the supportive, academic community and be willing to pursue academic goals.

According to the facility’s website, Elm Tree Recovery provides a range of addiction programs, including the social detox model. Instead of giving clients detox medication, the center educates residents and utilizes holistic therapies to manage withdrawal symptoms.

Programming is designed to treat “the roots of our clients’ disorders and show them how to achieve sustained, long term sobriety.” To achieve this, treatment includes group and individual counseling sessions to identify any underlying factors that may contribute to addictive behavior. As a specialized program for young adults, the facility’s programming also addresses issues such as stress management, anxiety, an inability to cope, dealing with life changes, and trigger avoidance.

Clients may attend educational workshops on basic life skills, coping techniques, and developing tools for maintaining sobriety. In addition, Elm Tree Recovery may introduce clients to peer-led support networks, such as 12-Step or SMART Recovery. Clients are encouraged to attend meetings and study fellowship literature. Residents also participate in the Recovery Rising organization through Arizona State University, which coordinates social events, education, community service, support, and meetings for college students.

Clients with co-occurring mental health disorders typically receive ongoing psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) may also be utilized to modify responses to traumatic events.

Unique to Elm Tree Recovery, academic integration serves as a key component to overall programming. While clients receive clinical treatment, residents are also expected to enroll in a nearby university, attend trade school, or obtain their G.E.D.

Following treatment, clients are able to participate in Elm Tree's aftercare program, which complements and reinforces the progress made in rehab. Clients are able to live in the safety of a sober living home while pursuing an education or trade. Residents in the sober living homes have access to outpatient group therapy and coaching.


Elm Tree Recovery's website indicates the treatment team includes clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians experienced in addiction medicine, licensed substance abuse counselors, case mangers, and a family nurse practitioner.


According to Elm Tree Recovery’s website, the facility can accommodate up to 20 residents, and clients have access to a full-service gym, healthy meals, and nutritional therapy. The residential facility is within a half-mile to Arizona State University and near multiple community colleges and trade schools.

Images on the facility’s website show apartment-like residence with double-occupancy bedrooms, outdoor patios, full kitchens, and living areas.


Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff. Secondary sources revealed positive alumni feedback. On the its Facebook page, which the facility can manage, seven individuals all gave the facility a perfect five out of five star rating. "The best experience of my life, they saved me! I can't imagine a better place to go," Ronny wrote in a representative review. [1]


Currently, the cost of the residential program is $500 per day, $15,000 per month, and $30,000 for 90 days of treatment. Elm Tree Recovery accepts several private insurance plans, including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and First Health.

  1. https://www.facebook.com/pg/elmtreerecovery/reviews/?ref=page_internal
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