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Sabino Recovery

8505 E. Ocotillo Drive, Tucson, Arizona, 85750
HEALING RECOVERY FROM TRAUMA, ALCOHOLISM AND ADDICTION - Sabino Recovery offers both a 35-day residential program as well as in Intensive Outpatient Program for those suffering from trauma and addictions as well other mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety and depression. Our program provides comprehensive and personalized treatment in a safe, healing environment. PERSONAL, INDIVIDUAL - The campus is set on over 100 acres of stunning desert beauty, but is still intimate and personal. By keeping the number of residents we treat small, we are able to pay particular attention to each resident’s unique history and needs. Each resident has their own, private room and private bath. We have no "treatment tracks" which means each resident has a specific treatment plan developed after careful assessment. Everyone's progress is closely monitored and the multi-disciplinary team meets daily to redesign the treatment plan as the resident’s recovery progresses. STAFF - Our treatment staff consists of carefully selected, highly credentialed, licensed individuals who work in a team environment to deliver care for our residents. Each employee at Sabino Recovery is carefully interviewed before being considered for our team. We handpick our staff not only for their experience and skill, but also for possessing a great deal of empathy, nurturing, and compassion. It is because of this careful selection process that we’ve created a remarkable environment for the healing of our residents. NEUROSCIENCE - Our treatment program is shaped by the latest research in neuroscience. Each of the modalities that we employ support healing through leveraging therapies which boost neuroplasticity – the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections. We are unique in that we offer QEEG Brain Mapping. This additional service is a powerful tool which measures the electrical function of the brain and in turn provides data to prioritize and optimize treatment. Based on what we find in brain mapping, we also offer neurofeedback and biofeedback. INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES - At Sabino Recovery, Integrative Therapies such as massage, acupuncture, Somatic Experiencing, and art therapy are not adjunct treatment; they are a critical part of the entire clinical program. All of the integrative therapies at Sabino Recovery are prescribed and combined to fit into the complete master treatment plan for the resident.

Facility Highlights

  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga
  • Art and Movement Therapy


  • Family Program

    At Sabino Recovery we understand that lasting recovery for our residents depends on the involvement of those closest to them. We invite each resident and their families to participate in our Family Program – a three-day, experiential program designed to reconnect you with your loved one. Our family program has been developed to provide family members the opportunity to gain insight into their family’s dynamics, and to support the honest and effective communication of fears, pain, and hope in a safe environment. The family program is both educational and psychodynamic. It supports you in sharing thoughts and feelings with your loved one in an honest and non-judgmental way. The program includes education about family systems as well as techniques you and your family members can use to communicate more effectively. We emphasize not assigning blame to anyone during this time but rather encourage discovery and compassionate understanding of each other through safely guided exercises. Our experience has shown that when family members experience each other with a compassionate understanding they are able to break communication and relationship patterns that have lasted for years. Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
  • Betrayal Trauma

    Many times those who are faced sexual and emotional betrayal by someone they have loved and trusted are deeply wounded and confused and describe it as if their life has been pulled out from underneath them. You are not to blame for this crisis. You did not cause it or create it. Throughout your journey, we are here to provide information, focus and support. We will help you learn how to take care of yourself – as it is likely that your body and brain have been affected by this trauma, and your spirit is surely damaged too. We are here to help you through the trauma, to understand how to communicate your feelings, make empowered choices, and reclaim your own sexuality. Our goal is to help you find a sense of validation knowing that many people find themselves in similar situations. It is entirely possible that you can learn to thrive and even discover gifts buried in the wounds created by sex addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Desert

Meet the Staff

  • Dr. Dawn Bantel, ND
    Dr. Dawn Bantel, NDMedical Director
    Dr. Bantel serves as the Medical Director at Sabino Recovery, where she is focused on providing integrative medical care for mental health clients. She is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is trained to focus on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. She received her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She previously served as Medical Director at Mirasol, a residential eating disorder center for adults and teens. In addition to having operated her own naturopathic family practice, Dr. Bantel is also recognized as a distinguished national speaker on the subject of medical management of eating disorders. Her work at Sabino Recovery gives her the opportunity to assist people in developing their own empowerment and provide functional testing to remove obstacles to healing.
  • Shara Turner, LPC MSC, NCC, Egala
    Shara Turner, LPC MSC, NCC, EgalaClinical Director
    Shara brings to Sabino Recovery a unique perspective and skillset; she has spent the last nine years in public health working with individuals dually diagnosed with a variety of substance use and mental health disorders, complex trauma, and extreme environmental and social inadequacies. The challenges faced in this arena have provided her with a strong base of practice in diagnosis, treatment, and case management. The breadth and depth of her experience extend to crisis counseling, to utilization management and coordinator of a level I psychiatric facility. Most recently Shara served as lead therapist and clinical supervisor of an 18-bed residential facility. At the helm, she developed and led an intensive outpatient equine program which proved to markedly decrease recidivism to level I hospitalizations over a six month period. In addition to attaining licensed professional counselor certification, she is certified by Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Egala) and versed in a variety of therapeutic modalities including DBT, CPT, and CBT. Shara‘s passion lies in stepping away from the stigma of diagnosis and treating the individual, utilizing an integrative and holistic approach.

Financial Details

  • Less than 60%

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Set in the picturesque Sonora Desert, about 11 miles from Tucson, Ariz., Sabino Recovery is a highly individualized, family-owned and operated 35-day residential treatment program designed for adults struggling with chemical dependency. In addition, programming tracks are available for individuals suffering from trauma as well as co-occurring mental health disorders, making it one of 201 (58.9 percent) centers in the state with this offering. It is also among the just 20 (5.9 percent) Arizona facilities where detox services are available on-site.


Along with evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment methods, Sabino Recovery incorporates a range of holistic techniques and recreational opportunities to promote long-term sobriety and healthy lifestyle changes.

In addition to a 12-Step introduction, clients participate in individual, family, and group psychotherapy. To address issues of trauma, clients participate in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EDMR) sessions and somatic experiencing.

According to the facility’s website, neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to rewire itself, is at the core of each treatment method. Through evidence-based and holistic treatment methods, Sabino Recovery strives to rewire destructive neural pathways related to addiction and mental health issues.

Holistic treatment includes equine therapy, music and sound therapy, creative arts therapy, exercise, yoga, therapeutic massages, and acupuncture. Unique to Sabino Recovery, the facility also features a state-of-the-art sleep lab. Residents participate in sleep studies to address poor sleeping habits and remedy problems related to REM sleep and insomnia.


The treatment team includes a medical director, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, a clinical psychologist, and a family and group therapist, along with an equine therapist, a somatic experiencing practitioner, and a registered polysomnographic technologist (sleep specialist). To date, the eight Rehabs.com survey respondents polled on the matter provided high ratings for the center's staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 4/5


Clients share bedrooms in warmly decorated rooms with double beds, separate vanities, and scenic views. There is a southwestern-style dining room where clients eat meals that, according to the facility’s website, are prepared from scratch and can be tailored to accommodate any kind of dietary restrictions. Amenities include a gym, an outdoor pool, and shaded outdoor gathering spaces.

Clients are allowed Internet access via the facility’s Internet cafe, and if they have them, may bring their service/therapy animals into treatment with them with prior approval. The eight individuals surveyed by Rehabs.com polled on the matters gave favorable feedback for the center's cleanliness and its amenities.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep 4.3/5
Leisure, Exercise, and Extracurricular Options: 4.1/5


The dozens of alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave Sabino Recovery highly positive reviews. Several former clients credited the facility with saving their lives, and one anonymous alum gave the facility perfect ratings of five stars across 15 evaluated metrics, including its treatment effectiveness, its counseling options, its holistic offerings, its leisure activities, its experience treating co-occurring disorders, and its staff’s level of training and experience.

"Compassion, Hope, Kindness," listed one former client regarding the center's strengths. "My family was very involved with my treatment plan," another reviewer commented, in addition to giving five out of five stars for counseling options and level of family participation.

In fact, counseling options, family participation, and holistic offerings all received amongst the highest ratings from the four alumni polled in these specific metrics.

Holistic Offerings: 4/5
Family Participation: 4/5
Counseling Options: 4/5

Secondary sites reveal high ratings as of the writing as well, such as a 4.2 out of five-star average from nine reviewers on Google.[1] "Professional staff. Professional chef. Lovely rooms," P.B. representatively wrote. Four Yelp reviewers produced a similarly high average rating of four out of five stars to date.[2]


The two loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date offered polarized opinions. One loved one, M.O., offered perfect five-star ratings for the facility's counseling options, ability to treat co-occurring disorders, and the amount of family participation. "Staff ratio is excellent," M.O. wrote.

However, a parent of a client, N.E., offered one-star ratings for the facility's discharge planning and for the staff's level of experience and training. "They have no aftercare program they just send you home with a ridiculous piece of paper. No follow up," the parent wrote.


The three staffers polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also gave the facility mostly positive reviews. With the exception of its 12-step involvement, for which T.H. gave the facility just two out of five stars, all other 14 metrics received five-star ratings, including treatment effectiveness, family participation, faith-based options, and counseling options. “Their Sabino Model is beyond successful,” they wrote.

R.R.J. described Sabino as “wonderful treatment” and awarded it five stars in across almost all the 15 metrics, with the exceptions of 12 step involvement, which received three out of five stars, and faith-based options, which received four out of five stars.

K.L.D gave the facility five stars for treatment effectiveness and called it “state of the art treatment facility like no other. I have worked in this field for 30 years and find Sabino Recovery to be cutting edge with research in neuro science and holistic, integrative treatment offering the very best of care.”


The fee for 35 days of treatment is $45,000. The facility will work with private insurance out-of-network benefits and financial assistance is also available to clients who qualify via M-Lend Financial. The eight Rehabs.com survey respondents polled on the matter gave high ratings for the center's costs.

Affordability: 3.9/5

[1] GoogleReviews

[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/sabino-recovery-tucson

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