Founded in 1969 in collaboration with St. Luke’s-Jane Wayland Community Mental Health Center, and incorporated in 1974 as a non-profit organization, Southwest Behavioral and Health Services (SBHS) is a CARF-certified opioid treatment facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Methadone and Suboxone are prescribed in conjunction with therapy for men and women, ages 18 and older. SBHS operates four facilities that offer this service throughout the state of Arizona. Besides Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), SBHS offers inpatient and outpatient care for clients with mental health disorders, as well as those suffering from substance addiction.
Treatment and Staff
The outpatient program at SBHS utilizes MAT along with case management services and individual and group therapy. Therapeutic modalities are clinical and evidence-based and can include dual diagnosis support. Clients go to a clinic daily for methadone, while those on Suboxone initially see their doctor on a weekly basis, until they feel comfortable with the medication. After that, the visits with their doctor taper off.
Individuals participate in one weekly group session and one monthly individual session with a counselor. Group topics include relapse prevention, stress management, co-occurring disorders, coping skills, relapse triggers and health and wellness. Groups can accommodate up to 20 clients per session.
Clients requiring medication for co-occurring disorders including depression and anxiety are referred to a psychiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation, followed by prescribed medication. Follow up appointments are scheduled to see if the medication is a good fit for the client. If there are adverse effects, the doctor will prescribe another medication.
The outpatient program, for those who don’t require MAT employs a holistic approach. Treatment includes group and individual therapy, life skills, pet therapy, recreational activities, expressive arts and health and wellness education. Group topics include relapse prevention, mindfulness, meditation, peer support, daily reflections, alternative health, mental health education and the real world.
Twelve-step recovery is not implemented into any of the programming at SBHS.
The staff consists of three nurses, a mental health nurse practitioner, licensed addiction counselors and two medical doctors.
SBHS provides evidence-based alcohol and drug prevention programs to community youth. The programs include substance abuse education, outpatient counseling referrals and psychoeducational groups that focus on stress management, life skills, impulse control and grief.
Southwest Behavioral and Health Services believes that medication management along with therapy is a crucial recovery tool. It’s MAT program can last up to a year but it supports the notion that some clients might require MAT for the rest of their lives. This program offers the basics in therapy, with an emphasis on the opioid assisted treatment, but for some clients, that might be the best fit.
Southwest Behavioral and Health Services
1424 South 7th Ave, Bldg C
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Southwest Behavioral and Health Services Cost: $450-$950 (30 days). Reach Southwest Behavioral and Health Services by phone at (928) 763-7111. Find Southwest Behavioral and Health Services on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
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