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Cottonwood Tucson

4110 West Sweetwater Drive, Tucson, Arizona, 85745
Cottonwood Tucson is an inpatient addiction and co-occurring mental health disorder treatment center for individuals struggling with substance or process abuse. Utilizing a combination of holistic and clinical modalities, Cottonwood Tucson seeks to provide comprehensive addiction treatment care to individuals struggling with a variety of chemical and process addictions including opiate addiction, alcoholism, impulsive spending/ shopping addiction, pathological gambling, video game addiction, spice addiction, sex addiction, bath salts addiction, and more.

Facility Highlights

  • Adult Behavioral Health and Drug Rehab Treatment Programs
  • InnerPath Retreats
  • Sweetwater Adolescent Girls Program


  • Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

    At Cottonwood Tucson, we pride ourselves on our internationally respected co-occurring disorders program. Frequently, substance abuse and another condition, such as depression, occur together. As a first step to determine whether there is a need for co-occurring disorders treatment, each patient who enters Cottonwood participates in a detailed medical and psychiatric assessment, including a thorough physical examination with a staff physician.
  • Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders Treatment

    At Cottonwood, our board certified psychiatrists and master’s level counselors help patients to identify and change maladaptive attitudes, behavior, attitudes and beliefs that can undermine their ability to produce a calm, happy mood. In our clinical work we identify core issues, uncovering and resolving longstanding psychological problems that can cause problems with mood.

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  • Desert

Meet the Staff

  • Brian Welch, MBA
    Brian Welch, MBACEO
    Member of the Cottonwood Team since 2005. In charge of day-to-day operations at Cottonwood, Brian received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Arizona, followed by an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Brian is a long-time resident of Tucson and likes to spend time with his wife and two young daughters. Brian also likes to play golf and cycle when he can find the time.
  • Lauren Dubs
    Lauren DubsChief Financial Officer
    Member of the Cottonwood Team since 1999. A longtime resident of Tucson, Lauren oversees financial operations for Cottonwood. She received a B.A. in accounting from the University of Arizona and enjoys spending time with her little boy and girl.

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  • 4.1
    Avg. score from 32 reviews
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Cottonwood absolutely saved my life in 2007! Very simple... It was a life changing experience and the staff was amazing. This is not only a national gem but is internationally recognized as one of the best treatment options in the world.
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Cottonwood saved my life. I felt safe and protected there. It gave me space to process trauma and provided an excellent program. I am five years clean and am very grateful for the opportunities it gave me
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To summarize, my son initially came to Cottonwood to be treated for sexual addiction but also has Bipolar 1/schizoaffective disorder. He has never been away from home on his own - save his hospitalization where I accompanied him every day - so in sending him, I considered him to be extremely vulnerable. His cycle, before going to Cottonwood, was such that often after arranging and going on a date via an “app,” his date would decide she didn\'t want a relationship, he would spiral, get manic, and say he \"wants to die.” After he engaged in unsafe sexual behavior with a stranger he met online as a result of one of these dates, he asked to go to treatment. So we sent him to Cottonwood in good faith, but with much concern, which I discussed with an Admissions person. She assured me she would talk to staff and that staff would take good care of him. She mentioned that the environment was mixed, and I thought it would be good practice for my son in hopes that he would stop objectifying women. I, myself, have been trying to allow him to be an adult and make his own choices, so this separation was a good step for he and me, both. Upon his return: He stated that a 37 year-old married woman had fallen in love with him at Cottonwood and that she was coming to see him immediately following her departure from Cottonwood. She did and succeeded in seducing him multiple times and introducing him to additional addictive activities. I cannot overstate how alarmed, disappointed, and angry I am that this was allowed to happen in what I was led to believe was a safe and secure treatment environment at Cottonwood, as well as considering the significant expense we invested out of pocket for his treatment at Cottonwood. My list of grievances with Cottonwood, include the following: He was supposed to have secured a temporary 12-step sponsor, something that should have been done and verified by staff before he left Cottonwood. Preventative steps and monitoring at Cottonwood should have ensured that he would not have been allowed to engage in a romantic relationship at all. This would have included his avoiding mixed groups where someone might feel the need to rescue another from the opposite sex. In fact, he should be refraining entirely from romantic relationships until he sufficiently addresses his own issues. Connor admitted to a therapist that he thought this woman might be a predator, to which the therapist agreed, but there was no follow up. A couple of times, staff gave him the wrong doses of his meds, which he thankfully caught. (You cannot make mistakes like this with a serious mental illness!) The volunteer minister informed him that the Lord might heal him and allow him not to take meds anymore. I believe in miracles, but this was totally irresponsible and erroneous and unethical! We should have had more family counseling. As it was, we had just one session of 40 minutes of exit information 4 days before his release. His main therapist at Cottonwood, told me that he is responsible for his own recovery, and I agree with that statement. I have let my son know that I disagreed with what he did with the married woman, but recognize that he is an adult and, as such, has the right to date and do as he pleases as long as it doesn’t directly affect us. However, he: still lives with us, his parents; doesn’t have a job; has a serious mental illness; and is completely medically reliant, as well as financially reliant, and reliant in other ways upon this household. (He probably is intellectually about 16, at this point.) He is actually worse off, in many ways now, than he was when he entered treatment at Cottonwood. This is deeply breaking my heart. Currently, his behavior also directly affects us in the sense that we spent a lot of money in sending our vulnerable son to Cottonwood in good faith. I believe that the Cottonwood team fell far short of the represented expectations for his treatment while there and upon his release. His relationship with us is very precarious at the moment, but he relies on us for his bipolar medication. My biggest concern is that, in his anger, he may leave us without proper training about the ramifications that choice could have on his physical, mental, and social health.
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Cottonwood failed on every single level. There was no communication, the quality of therapists was exceedingly poor, the food was inedible, the activities and services promised no longer existed, the nurses were all new due to high staff turnover, they were understaffed and they told my daughter to leave on thanksgiving eve because she had been late to tow group sessions. She was put in isolation in the hospital unit over thanksgiving and treated with zero warmth, compassion or intelligence. The whole experience was damaging, hurtful and she left feeling rejected and traumatised after 32 days. How could a facility tell a patient to leave on the eve of a four day holiday?? The entire experience was a total nightmare. Strongly recommend you do not send a loved one there!
    My sister checked herself into Cottonwood de Tucson. I went during family week, which was a waste of time. Everything is scripted for you and I was not allowed to speak the truth or my true feelings. The facility is only aware of the patients version of everything and not the family. Family Week is a joke.