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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.

Facility Settings

  • 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.

Financial Details

  • Financing Available

Treatment Center Links

Rehabs 360 Guide


Cottonwood Tucson is a holistic behavioral health treatment center and addiction rehab that offers medical detox and residential treatment for individuals struggling with addiction, as well as eating disorders and other dual diagnoses. Cottonwood Tucson serves both adults and offers a specialized program for young adults.

According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 5.9 percent of rehabs in Arizona offer detox in a residential setting, while 32 percent offer a program specifically tailored to young adults.


Cottonwood Tucson addresses a wide range of behavioral disorders, including substance misuse, sex and love addiction, spending addiction, video game addiction, and PTSD. The facility also offers treatment for gambling addiction, a service available at 20.2 percent of rehabs in Arizona. Treatment typically lasts six weeks.

Programs use some traditional components, such as the 12-Steps, psychoeducational lectures, and individual, group, and family therapy (including a five-day family program), along with evidence-based methods such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). However, Cottonwood’s is most distinguished by its extensive holistic options, which include equine-assisted therapy, Tai Chi, a ropes course, and spirituality and nutrition coaching.

Each client leaves with an aftercare plan that might include referrals to further treatment, connections with 12-step meetings, or continued therapy or psychiatric work.


The multidisciplinary team includes an MD who’s board certified in psychiatry as well as addiction medicine, nurses, a pharmacist, master’s-level therapists, licensed clinical social workers, and an acupuncturist. The facility’s website notes that several staff members teach at local colleges and universities, such as the University of Arizona's School of Medicine.

Cottonwood Tucson is one of 101 rehabs in Arizona (29.6 percent of all rehabs in the state) certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).


Located on a 35-acre campus in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, the facility is an adobe-style residence with a garden, a pond, and a climbing wall on the grounds. Each resident shares a modest room and bathroom with three other clients. There is also an award-winning culinary team works with the staff dietitian to create healthy and tasty meals.


Of the 21 alumni who submitted feedback to Rehabs.com to date, 15 left positive reviews and indicated that they would recommend treatment. Four reviewers polled on specific metrics also gave high ratings for the staff's training and experience:

Would Recommend: 4.5/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4.5/5

Several reviewers even credited the facility with saving their lives. Reviewers also repeatedly spoke highly of the center’s family program, holistic offerings, extracurricular activities, and physical comfort. “You walk outside in the desert ecosystem to get anywhere and the grounds are beautiful. The chef is fabulous and you will get spoiled eating three nutritious, delicious meals a day,” one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative review.

Holistic Offerings: 4.3/5
Family Participation: 4.3/5
Exercise and Leisure: 3.8/5

In the few negative reviews, several clients noted that the center was pricey and did not accept their insurance.

Affordability: 2.5/5

Reviews on third-party sites were also highly positive. On Google, 39 reviewers contributed to an average rating of 4 stars out of five.[1] On the facility's official Facebook page, which staff can manage, 34 reviewers contributed to an average rating of 4.7 stars.[2]


Of the seven reviews from loved ones submitted to Rehabs.com to date, four were positive, one mixed, and two negative. On the positive end, loved ones praised the facility's family participation, counseling options, and staff experience and training, all of which received high ratings from five reviewers polled on specific metrics.

Counseling Options: 4.4/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4/5
Family Participation: 3.8/5

“I attended the Family Program week, it was very powerful, taught me great communication skills to use in my everyday life, and bonded my son and I for the rest of our lives,” C.C. wrote in a representative review.

There was little overlap in reviewers’ negative commentary. “My family member was in treatment for over a week without being properly evaluated,” wrote C.B., a psychiatric social worker familiar with recommended protocols, while an anonymous reviewer added, “The follow-up was poor and this is very important to me.”


The single employee polled by Rehabs.com to date, C.R., submitted a very positive review. C.R. gave Cottonwood three out of five stars for its faith basis and four stars in the remaining 14 treatment metrics, including its exercise, leisure, and holistic options, family participation, and treatment for co-occurring disorders. “We are known for treating complex clinical cases and consistently get great outcomes,” C.R. wrote.


According to the facility’s website, Cottonwood accepts insurance from carriers including Aetna, Cigna, HealthPartners, United, and Value Options. The facility also has a relationship with a third-party lender, American Healthcare Lending.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/CottonwoodTucsonAZ/reviews/?ref=page_internal

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