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Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center

7493 North Oracle Road Suite 203, Tucson, Arizona, 85704
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Desert Star offers individuals battling chemical dependency and mental health issues the resources and support to do so. The rehab provides intensive outpatient services for drug and alcohol abuse, co-occurring mental health disorders, eating disorders, and sex and relationship issues. Clients learn how to live their lives without relying on mood altering substances or maladaptive behaviors.

Facility Highlights

  • Holistic Treatments


  • Holistic Therapy

    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
  • Out Patient

    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • Richard J. Poppy
    Richard J. PoppyExecutive Director
    Richard J. Poppy has been working in Addiction Treatment more than 20 years. In addition to heading up Desert Star, he continues to be involved in addiction and behavioral health issues at the community and state legislature levels.
  • Marla Perry
    Marla PerryPNP
    Marla Perry has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is licensed as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 30 years experience in the behavioral health field in a variety of settings including community health centers, residential substance abuse programs, outpatient clinics and psychiatric hospitals. Marla provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management.

Financial Details

  • Financing Available

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Located in the desert north of Tucson, Ariz., Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center offers outpatient treatment to adults struggling with substance us disorder, co-occurring mental health disorders, eating disorders, and sex and relationship issues.


Desert Star is among the 48.4 percent of outpatient facilities in Arizona to offer an intensive outpatient program (IOP). The facility provides four distinct programs: Oasis (for substance abuse issues), Mesquite (for eating disorders), Grace (for men with sex and intimacy disorders), and Mariposa (for women with unhealthy relationship patterns).

Across all programs, treatment plans include group and individual counseling, 12-step support meetings, psychoeducation, and process groups. The facility also offers holistic therapies such acupuncture, which is available in just 8.8 percent of Arizona treatment facilities.

Clients enrolled in Oasis, the substance abuse track, receive screening for detox and medication management. Desert Star also makes use of evidence-based modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the latter of which is available in 62.5 percent of treatment facilities in Arizona.

Those attending the eating-disorder Mesquite program benefit from a range of additional services including nutritional consults, meal planning, community meals, and post-meal processing. The Grace program utilizes a sex addiction therapist.

All programs feature a second phase of continuing care, offering clients an additional three hours of counseling per week, for three to six months. Desert Star also offers family therapy and couples counseling.


Led by an executive director with more than two decades of addiction treatment, the facility’s staff includes many Ph.D. and master’s-level clinicians, as well as licensed professionals. These include a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PNP), a registered dietitian, a sex addiction therapist, and a clinical psychologist.


While Rehabs.com has not received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, Desert Star received a four out of five-star rating average rating based on the opinions of six individuals on Facebook[1]. The one former client to leave commentary wrote: "I have found the tools and resources to be able to start finding myself again. I can't thank this program and staff enough."

On Google[2], the facility received opposing opinions from two former clients. Therese gave Desert Star a five-star rating and described it as a "professional atmosphere setting with excellent Therapists." J.E. Smith, on the other hand, gave the rehab just two stars and wrote: "I have seldom witnessed so much overt manipulation, emotional immaturity and rude behavior by counselors & administrative staff."


Desert Star accepts most insurance plans, and has preferred provider status with BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Aetna, United Behavioral Health, and more. The facility also offers financing options through American Healthcare Lending and Freedom Loans.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/desertstararc/reviews/
[2] GoogleReviews

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