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Established in 2000, The Center for Life Skills Development is licensed as an outpatient treatment center with two locations in Tucson, Arizona. The organization primarily specializes in individual counseling sessions, however an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance abuse is also available.

Treatment and Staff

All clients begin with an initial assessment to determine an appropriate intensity of treatment. Since many clients attend treatment as the result of a court mandate, the facility works with various referring agencies including  Tohono O’ Odham Nation Health Care, Indian Health Services, the Department of Child Safety and the local courts to create a program that is tailored to each client’s needs.

Those who enroll in the facility’s IOP can expect a combination of three to four group therapy sessions a week for an hour and a half each and individual therapy once a week or on an as-needed basis. Those participating in the standard outpatient program typically attend one group session a week and individual therapy on an as-needed basis. Sessions are led by Master’s-level therapists and/or LISAC therapists who primarily follow a CBT and DBT model, incorporating EMDR as well. Clients can expect sessions to include relapse prevention and trauma-informed care. A range of other behavioral health related issues are discussed including anger management, domestic violence and DUI education and treatment. There is no emphasis placed on 12-step recovery at the facility, though clients can receive information about local meetings upon request.


While a formal family program is available, clients also have access to a variety of other ways to incorporate their family into recovery including parenting classes, marriage counseling, counseling for families with children with behavioral issues, life stage and transition counseling and services for those caring for aging parents.

While there is no official dual diagnosis program at CLSD, mental health related topics such as depression, anxiety, OCD and ADD are available as topics in group or individual sessions. However, there is no psychiatrist on staff, nor is medication management available. Aftercare is provided allowing clients to continue attending group sessions once or twice a month. Individual therapy can be scheduled as-needed after the initial phase of treatment is over.

In Summary

Clients enrolled in the substance abuse program at Center for Life Skills Development can expect standard outpatient care incorporating modern treatment methods along with a range of additional counseling services targeting mental and behavioral health issues. Though the facility may lack a formal dual-diagnosis program or a medical component, clients can still expect affordable care and individual attention.

Center for Life Skills Development Location

The Center for Life Skills Development
2001 W Orange Grove Rd, Ste 604
Tucson, AZ 85704

5700 E Pima St, Stes D & E
Tucson, AZ 85712

Center for Life Skills Development Cost

$735 (IOP, 30 days). Reach Center for Life Skills Development by phone at (520) 229-6220 (Orange Grove) and (520) 885-1738 (East Pima). Find Center for Life Skills Development on Facebook

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