Our Drug and Alcohol Treatment


Our Phoenix Treatment Service

The highly qualified staff at The River Source Naturopathic Drug and Alcohol Treatments Centers are dedicated to offering superior holistic drug and alcohol treatment at our convenient rehab centers located near Phoenix, Arizona.

The River Source drug rehabilitation centers have a 76% success rate. We implement an individualized and balanced holistic approach to each clients healing process to treat the entire person, mind, body, and spirit, not just the physical symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction.

Because we are able to individualize each residential substance abuse treatment plan, other treatment modalities may be suggested, based our each client’s needs. A comprehensive treatment plan is completed when each client arrives at The River Source. We believe in compassionate, caring, competent, coordinated and collaborative care for our clients. Client centered care = personalized care. Our clients deserve the best care, dignity and respect.

Drug and Alcohol Detox Program

We pride ourselves on providing you with a drug and alcohol addiction detoxification recovery program in a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment. Your personalized addiction detoxification program will be determined and monitored by our  Medical Doctors. In addition, you will be in the hands of our highly experienced medical professionals, support staff members who will be watching over you 24-hours per day.

The River Source traditional medical detoxification is typically a 5-10-day process. We are unique because we go above and beyond to offer a superior detoxification program. With our unique integrative approach we use both medical and naturopathic treatments so our clients detox pain will be minimal. Most programs offer their patients and staff minimal medical treatment and supervision during the initial withdrawal process. Our addiction detoxification program not only offers ongoing supervision, but also the expertise of our Licensed Physician and Licensed Therapist who specialize in addictive medicine.

Our Licensed Doctors support our patients by determining and prescribing the most medically comfortable addiction detoxification protocol. An example of  our unique protocol for Opiates is for the first 12 to 24 hours benzos such as Klonopin / Klanazapan; muscle relaxers (parafonforte pyschobenxaprene or soma; for nausea phenegren or alternative; for sleep trazadone or anatryptalene; after 12 to 24 hours; Suboxone for 3-5 days, homeopathic remedies, nutritional iv (high magnesium, high B’s and C’s complex B5, 6, and 12’s, calcium, and zinc etc) and oral vitamin therapy, dry sauna, acupuncture, Physical Manipulation (Back Adjustment), massage therapy, b-12 shots, meditation, light exercise, counseling 1 on 1 and group therapy to help with aftercare plan. By the end of the detox you will not be on any of the drugs.

Our traditional medical detox offers inpatient treatment, medical supervision, and nutritional IV therapy. We also provide individual counseling and group therapy. Our Sauna Detox – helps to get the “bad stuff” out of your body and the nutritional IV therapy puts the “good stuff” back into your body. That’s why our combination of Sauna Detox and Nutritional IV Therapy is a winning combination that makes sense and works. The River Source is a holistic substance abuse treatment program which simply means we focus on all aspects of recovery – mind, body and spirit. This simply doesn’t happen in most drug treatment programs, particularly at fees as reasonable as ours.

Finally, each patient in our addiction detoxification is under the direct supervision of a Doctor and Counselor who have Professional Certification in Addiction Counseling. Upon completion of Detox, the treatment team presents the patient with continuing care options that will help to ensure ongoing recovery.

Brain Training / Neurofeedback

The River Source Treatment Center is delighted to provide “Brain Training (Neurofeedback)”. Brain Training is a treatment modality that helps addicts with overcoming chemical dependency to drugs and alcohol and many other ailments:

• Anxiety• Depression • Panic Attacks • Lack of focus • Memory Problems • Addictions • ADD/ADHD • Sleep Issues • Stress • Anger • PTSD • Brain Injury • Learning Disorders • Pain Mitigation • Dementia • Sexual Function • Sports Performance And much more!

“Brain Training” can relieve the urges from addictions within 2 sessions, combined with the education and services provided at The River Source inpatient rehabilitation center, clients can gain the necessary tools to change destructive habits for a life time.

How Does Neurofeedback work?

In Neurofeedback the information that is fed back to the client is EEG (electroencephalogram) data read and collected by sensors placed on the head. Very tiny amounts of electric energy are read and processed by electronic and computer equipment to provide moment by moment information about the brain’s activity. This activity is shown to the neurofeedback practitioner as wave patterns on a computer screen.  Clients hear sounds/tones and sometimes visual feedback (animations, puzzles, and video displays/graphics), when the brain “behaves” as desired.  The goal is explained to the client, and the client’s brain learns how to make that happen without the person knowing how they do it. Simply wanting to hear the beeps seems to be enough to get the brain to cooperate. The result is that a client practices brain activity in a healthy range, and the brain gradually develops the ability to maintain that behavior by itself.

How Do I Get Started?

An assessment of brainwave patterns or brain regulation is completed prior to the beginning the Neurofeedback training sessions.  Brainwave activity is measured with an electroencephalograph (EEG). The EEG biofeedback equipment is connected to the individual with sensors that are placed on the scalp and ears. A computer then analyzes the brain waves. The person’s brainwave activity is then observed on a computer monitor. The data from this assessment is combined with a variety of other information gained from the client interview.  Based on all the information gathered a training plan is then generated.

Is Neurofeedback New?

Neurofeedback has now been studied for over 40 years, and many of its clinical applications have been identified for quite some time. As with any new treatment, the literature published about it will focus on areas in which the treatment is most successful.   Since the brain is so vital to many aspects of our lives, improving overall brain function tends to have widespread positive results. It’s not unusual for someone to report that though they came in for help with one problem, they have found help they didn’t expect in other areas.   However, it is clear that neurofeedback does some things much better than others. Here are some areas in which neurofeedback performs exceptionally well: Alcoholism and Drug Abuse: Neurofeedback has been found helpful in preventing relapse for those recovering from chemical dependency. Research on this began in the late 1980’s and continues. Anxiety: Anxiety is sometimes the result of a brain that is working too “fast” and needs to be calmed. This would certainly be the case for the types of anxiety that are more medical or genetic in origin. Depression: Depression often involves problems in the frontal lobes that respond to brainwave training. This is one of the cases where the treatment of something with neurofeedback may result in needing less medication, or a client begins to look overmedicated.


Neurotherapists often conceptualize ADD and ADHD as the result of too much slow brainwave activity, particularly in the frontal lobes. Training the brain, and especially the frontal lobes, to be “stronger” at a more normal rate of activity will tend to reduce problems with concentration and focus. In some cases learning disabilities also benefit from neurofeedback that includes work at the location in the brain associated with the impaired area (reading, speech, etc.)

Why Might Neurotherapy Help Treat Addiction?

Elizabeth Hartney, PhD, a psychologist with extensive experience in research, practice and teaching in the field of addictions and concurrent disorders states in her About .com article on October 15, 2009 (Neurofeedback and Neurotherapy as Treatments for Addiction – Changing Brainwaves May Help Overcome Addictive Tendencies) ”that  brainwave patterns typically seen in people with addictions, as well as the children of alcoholics (even those who do not drink), is too many fast brainwaves and too few slow brainwaves. This creates a lot of “mental chatter” for the person and can cause them to have a hard time quieting their mind. Drinking or drug use can be a way of slowing down the brainwaves and self-calming, which is why so many people with addictions also have problems with anxiety.

Another pattern often seen in people with addictions is the opposite – too many slow brainwaves, which makes it difficult for the individual to focus and hold their attention. People with attentional problems such as ADHD have this pattern, and they may cope by using stimulant drugs –- prescribed, over-the counter (including coffee), or illicit — to speed up their brainwaves and help them focus. With the help of neurotherapy, they may be able to bring their brainwaves into a more functional range and no longer need drugs to feel calm and focused. Neurotherapy can be a good choice for people with addictions because it is a drug-free approach. Once the brainwaves have been adjusted to function more effectively, the effects are permanent. People who have been dependent on drugs for years can become drug-free.

Neurotherapy can be used in conjunction with other therapies such as counseling, motivational interviewing, EMDR, art therapy and lifestyle changes. This is important for overcoming addiction, because there are many factors — genetics, brainwave imbalances, stress, social influences, and so on -– that both cause the addiction and keep it going. Each factor needs to be addressed to enable the individual to find new ways of coping that do not involve the addictive behavior or lifestyle.

Neurotherapy may help your inner world function better without the need for alcohol or other drugs to feel “normal.” However, you will have to work on making your outer world supportive of a life free of addiction. Counseling may help, and neurotherapy may also help to give you the focus, motivation and determination to succeed.”

Start to Finish: What you can expect during your first 30 day’s

Pre - Admission

An assessment of brainwave patterns or brain regulation is completed prior to the beginning the Neurofeedback training sessions.  Brainwave activity is measured with an electroencephalograph (EEG). The EEG biofeedback equipment is connected to the individual with sensors that are placed on the scalp and ears. A computer then analyzes the brain waves. The person’s brainwave activity is then observed on a computer monitor. The data from this assessment is combined with a variety of other information gained from the client interview.  Based on all the information gathered a training plan is then generated.

Admission Process

When you call The River Source, our experienced intake staff will be available to answer any questions you might have and address any pre-admission concerns. Our commitment is to make the transition to treatment as simple as possible for our clients and their loved ones. Our intake personnel will discuss your needs and determine the appropriate level of care by helping you complete an assessment that will provide information to our clinical team prior to your arrival. Payment options will also be discussed at this time. Our close proximity to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix enables us to transport our clients to and from the airport.

5 Easy Steps to Admit:

  1. Contact us via phone at 1-888-702-4235 (we are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week).
  2. Conduct a pre-admission assessment over the phone to ensure that we are the right fit for you.
  3. Make arrangements for you or your loved one to admit (we can do same day admits).
  4. Admission: once at our treatment center, we do the admit paperwork which takes less than 1 hour.
  5. Start the treatment plan and your journey to your new and improved life!

Arrival by Plane

When you arrive in Phoenix Arizona by plane you will land at the Sky Harbor International Airport where a car will be waiting for you upon the time of your arrival. Patients are not required to have hotel or transportation arrangements. The River Source Team will take care of all necessary arrangements throughout the patient stay and we will be happy to help with flight arrangements as well. Patients are welcome by our medical staff and made comfortable in their rooms.

Transition Criteria

In order to successfully  transition  out of the Inpatient level of care at The River Source, the following minimum requirements must be met: Completion and presentation of Steps 1, 2, and 3 in Step Group.

      1. Completion and presentation of Steps 1, 2, and 3 in Step Group. (Weekday afternoons)
      2. Completion of all 12-Steps through the 12-Step Back to Basics Workshop.
      3. Successful completion of a minimum of 30 days treatment at The River Source.
      4. Client must successfully complete ALL written assignments by their counselor.
      5. Completion of your Continuing Care Plan with counselor signature of approval.
      6. Client cannot be on restriction for non-compliance, breaking House Rules or failure to follow Policy & Procedures.

Patients who successfully meet or exceed all transition requirements are presented with a Certificate of Completion at a Transition Ceremony. Family and loved ones may be invited to the Transition Ceremony to provide encouragement and support.

Financial Assistance

Is there financial assistance available?

Yes. Please contact The River Source Admission Team to review your options for financial assistance.