Cottonwood Tucson

Cottonwood Tucson


Located on a 35-acre campus in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, Cottonwood Tucson is a holistic behavioral health treatment center and addiction rehab that offers medical detox and residential treatment for young adults and adults who are struggling with addiction, including process addictions, as well as eating disorders, dual diagnosis, and mental health disorders.


Cottonwood Tucson addresses a wide range of behavioral disorders, including not just substance abuse but also sex and love addiction, spending addiction, video game addiction, and PTSD. Treatment typically lasts six weeks.

Programs use some traditional components, such as the 12-Steps, psychoeducational lectures, and individual, group, and family therapy (including a five-day family program), along with evidence-based methods such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). But Cottonwood’s distinctive programming is displayed in the facility’s extensive holistic options, which include equine-assisted therapy, Tai Chi, a ropes course, and spirituality and nutrition coaching.

There’s a dedicated program for young adults that places particular emphasis on addressing independence and the transition into adulthood, while relying heavily on family therapy.

Each client leaves with an aftercare plan that might include referrals to further treatment, connections with 12-step meetings, or continued therapy or psychiatric work.


The multidisciplinary team includes an MD who’s board certified in psychiatry as well as addiction medicine, plus nurses, a pharmacist, master’s-level therapists, licensed clinical social workers, and an acupuncturist. The facility’s website notes that several staff members teach at local colleges and universities, such as the University of Arizona School of Medicine.


The facility is an adobe-style residence with a garden, a pond, and a climbing wall on the grounds. Each resident shares a modest room and bathroom with three other clients, and the award-winning culinary team works with the staff dietitian to create healthy and tasty meals.


Of the two dozen reviewers who submitted feedback to to date, 15 indicated that they would recommend treatment.

In their comments, more than one reviewer noted that the facility had saved their lives. Reviewers also repeatedly spoke highly of the center’s family program, extracurricular and holistic activities, and physical comfort. “You walk outside in the desert ecosystem to get anywhere and the grounds are beautiful. The chef is fabulous and you will get spoiled eating three nutritious, delicious meals a day,” one anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative review.

In the few negative reviews, a handful of former clients noted that the center was pricey and didn’t not accept their insurance. In addition, Jessica wrote: “The patients run the facility and nobody is there to help you,” Jill complained of poorly trained and incompetent counselors and nurses, and Casey wrote that the center “does not deal as well with serious drug addictions.” These, however, were all isolated complaints.


Of the nine reviews submitted to to date, five were positive, two mixed, and two negative. The five reviewers polled on the facility’s offerings in a variety of areas gave it average ratings of 4.4 stars and 3.8 stars respectively for its counseling options and its family participation. The reviewers repeatedly wrote that the program had been transformative for the whole family, not just the client: “I attended the Family Program week, it was very powerful, taught me great communication skills to use in my everyday life, and bonded my son and I for the rest of our lives,” C.C. wrote.

There was little overlap in reviewers’ negative commentary. “My family member was in treatment for over a week without being properly evaluated,” wrote C.B., a psychiatric social worker familiar with recommended protocols. “The follow-up was poor and this is very important to me,” an anonymous reviewer added.


The single employee polled by to date, C.R., gave a very positive review, giving Cottonwood three out of five stars for its faith basis and four stars in the remaining 14 treatment metrics, including its exercise, leisure, and holistic options, family participation, and treatment for co-occurring disorders. “We are known for treating complex clinical cases and consistently get great outcomes,” C.R. wrote.


According to the facility’s website, Cottonwood accepts insurance from carriers including Aetna, Cigna, HealthPartners, United, and Value Options. The facility also has a relationship with a third-party lender, American Healthcare Lending.

Cottonwood Tucson Reviews

Cottonwood absolutely saved my life in 2007! Very simple... It was a life changing experience and the staff was amazing. This is not only a national gem but is internationally recognized as one of the best treatment options in the world.
Cottonwood saved my life. I felt safe and protected there. It gave me space to process trauma and provided an excellent program. I am five years clean and am very grateful for the opportunities it gave me
To summarize, my son initially came to Cottonwood to be treated for sexual addiction but also has Bipolar 1/schizoaffective disorder. He has never been away from home on his own - save his hospitalization where I accompanied him every day - so in sending him, I considered him to be extremely vulnerable. His cycle, before going to Cottonwood, was such that often after arranging and going on a date via an “app,” his date would decide she didn't want a relationship, he would spiral, get manic, and say he "wants to die.” After he engaged in unsafe sexual behavior with a stranger he met online as a result of one of these dates