Substance abuse can take a toll on families.  And, although the roots of substance abuse are complicated, the results seem to be the same. The tension between family and/or friends and the addict usually starts the string of bad decisions, lost jobs, destroyed family relationships, and unhappy lives. Mental health and addiction issues often go hand in hand with criminal defense cases. So, we wanted to provide a few Phoenix addiction resources for those seeking help.

At Belen Law Firm, we make it a point to practice client-driven, compassionate criminal defense. We represent the person, as a whole. Our goal is not only providing the best defense, but also helping the client get back on the right track for his or her life. 

We’re fierce advocates for our clients in all aspects.  Put simply, we want what’s best, and we believe in pursuing the best avenue for the individual

Are You or a Loved One Struggling With Addiction?

Oftentimes, a person with a substance abuse problem often lacks insight and remains in denial that he or she is dependent on whatever their substance of preference is. Those with chemical dependencies will often refuse help from friends and family, which only further drives a wedge between themselves and their loved ones. 

Unfortunately, some, if not most, individuals with a substance abuse problem only realize they have a problem when they get into trouble, legally. However, when the person recognizes the problem and consents to treatment, this begins the recovery process. 

How Can We Help?

There are a handful of avenues we can take if you or your loved one has run into some legal trouble and wants to get help. Phoenix offers several alcohol and drug addiction resources. 

You are not alone in your quest to find help for yourself or your loved one. The sheer amount of resources we have right here, in Phoenix, should help those who struggle with this concept.

Addiction often distorts a person’s clarity, making them feel as if he or she is fighting an uphill battle, alone. If you’re trying to get clean, we want you to feel as if you’re supported in doing so! You’ll need the right tools and people by your side to help!

Phoenix Addiction Resources

Knowing where to look for the right resources can help you. This website provides a complete list of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, along with a location and time, as well as a list of AA resources available in Phoenix for anyone who needs help. 

For more information, or for information on AA meetings for specific groups, such as “women”, “artists”, etc., visit or

Phoenix Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit organization, composed of a society of like-minded men and women who follow a set of principles, applying them to their daily life. NA is based on the 12-step program and revolves around the emphasis of social support for continuous motivation to achieve sobriety and a drug-free lifestyle.

For a complete list of Phoenix Narcotics Anonymous meetings, visit .

Phoenix Al-Anon Meetings for Families

Do you worry about how much someone drinks? Al-anon provides meetings that families of those addicted to alcohol or drugs can attend. Al-Anon members are regular people, who are worried about someone with a drinking problem. Family members have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have faced similar problems. Teens can come together to share experiences and find effective ways to cope with their problems. Furthermore, the Al-Alon website offers self-assessment quizzes to help you decide whether Al-Anon or Alateen might be able to help you.

For a list of meetings or to take the self-assessment quiz, visit:

Detox and Rehab Facilities

Sometimes, those who battle alcohol or drug addiction may need professional help. Those who struggle with a moderate to serious addiction may experience life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. While others may need professional help because they’re not in a safe place to get clean. 

Typically, professional substance abuse treatment is a two-part process. First, the patient will go through a detox. Then, once the patient is physically able, they will move forward to the rehab portion of the treatment. Treatments include counseling, behavioral therapy, etc. Part two of the process will help the person determine what his or her triggers are and how to deal with them in the future. Finding the “root” of their addiction will help relapsing, down the road.

Detox Centers in Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix has several detox and rehabilitation centers for drug and alcohol addiction.

The detox program will last as long as the withdrawal symptoms do. For most people, the detox lasts anywhere from a week to two weeks. 

When choosing which center is best for you or your loved one, there are a few options to consider. Most centers operate using either medical detox or holistic detox and use outpatient or inpatient programs. 

Typically those who require professional assistance will stay in an inpatient program.

Medical Detox Centers

Medical detox services rely on medications to help ease withdrawal symptoms. These services can also help treat co-occurring mental health disorders like depression or anxiety.

When choosing a medical detox center, you also have options for specific medications used there, as well. There are two types of medications used for detox: FDA-approved and non-FDA approved. FDA approved typically means the use of methadone for treating opiate withdrawals and sometimes, alcohol withdrawals. Methadone is approved specifically by the FDA to help treat addiction. Centers that use non-FDA-approved drugs will include sleeping aids and over-the-counter pain relief medications to help ease the pain associated with withdrawal.

Here are a few of the medical detox centers in or around Phoenix:

Holistic Detox Centers

Holistic detox services are often used as a supplement to medical detox services. These do not rely on any medications or chemicals but instead rely on strictly natural approaches to deal with withdrawal symptoms. 

Holistic detox services can include:

  • Exercise therapy
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Spiritual theories and concepts therapy

Phoenix Alcohol and Drug Rehab Centers

Once patients have completed the detox program, they can move to a rehab program. Phoenix offers several options for inpatient rehab facilities and outpatient rehab programs. When choosing the rehab program that works best for you, you’ll need to consider the following:

  • Will you or your loved one need inpatient or outpatient care?
  • The cost of the treatment program
  • Does the program accept your insurance?
  • Types of treatments offered
  • Amenities offered

Pros and cons exist for both inpatient and outpatient care. While outpatient treatment is more affordable, inpatient treatment provides an intense level of care, one that is required for some. Outpatient care allows you to keep your current responsibilities, while inpatient care provides a new environment that’s free of negative influences. The choice of inpatient or outpatient depends totally on the person and what his or her individual needs are.

You Aren’t Alone

Addiction can affect anyone–it isn’t biased. If you suspect you have an addiction, get help before legal trouble finds you. Phoenix offers an array of options for those who are struggling with addiction.

If you or your loved one waited until legal trouble came, please know that at Belen Law Firm, you will be provided with judgment-free, understanding counsel that wants what’s best for you. Addiction has a way of making people do things they would never otherwise consider. Believe it or not, the state of Arizona does understand this. There are several options for those struggling with addiction to avoid jail time in exchange for rehabilitation.

With the right people in your corner, you can beat addiction and legal trouble. We will do our best to see that you have every opportunity to recover.

For more information, call Belen Law Firm at 602-715-0908.