River Source has been part of the Arizona treatment community since 2003. Offering residential treatment in a desert setting, it offers many amenities and very affordable cost options. Those seeking a more holistic approach to recovery could be served well here.
Accommodations and Food
River Source has 77 inpatient beds between two campuses, one in the city of Mesa and one in the desert of Casa Grande; clients get to choose which they prefer. Both facilities are more than well-appointed.
The residences have lodge-like interiors with high ceilings, fireplaces, large dining halls and spacious semi-private rooms with twin-sized, memory foam mattresses and attached bathrooms with big showers. Cell phones and laptops are also allowed after the first week; cigarettes are allowed throughout.
There’s also on-site laundry, indoor and outdoor yoga/meditation spaces, fitness centers, pools, jacuzzis, saunas and separate male and female TV rooms in each facility. Finally, River Source employs cooks to make homestyle, nutritious meals from scratch.
Treatment and Staff
The inpatient program offers co-occurring, 12-step based treatment for 30, 60 or 90 days (with a financial guarantee in the third case). Therapies include family counseling, journaling, life-coaching, acupuncture, massage, yoga, neurofeedback, meditation and one-on-one and group sessions.
River Source does not offer a detox in the traditional sense. It is instead a naturopathic detox, which combines dry sauna sessions with a nutritional IV full of vitamins. While medical supervision is provided, those coming off more physically dangerous drugs might need to approach it with caution.
The nutritional aspect of the program is applied throughout treatment with Amino Acid Therapy, B-12 shots and homeopathic remedies, all as needed. Other options include prolotherapy (where non-harmful fluid is injected as an irritant to stimulate healing for localized pain) and hydrotherapy (application of hot and cold presses to relieve stress).
River Source’s staff has plenty of Master’s-level counselors, nutritionists, addictionologists, life coaches, nurses and psychotherapists. The director is a certified MD, but there is also an NMD—a naturopathic medical doctor with a BS in Psych and Biology.
While the program is jam-packed already, some extras include visitation on weekends, recreation including hiking and swimming and an outpatient program with everything included. Aftercare consists of individualized relapse prevention plans, job placement assistance and follow-ups.
Due to extreme temperatures, Arizona can be an uncomfortable recovery climate for many months of the year but River Source does its best to make treatment comfortable and pleasant. It offers much more than rehabs at a comparable price and has some unconventional offerings that might be a boon to those who haven’t had success with more traditional routes.
River Source Location
108 E 2nd Mesa Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210
River Source Cost
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