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Finding the right treatment for you or your loved one’s specific needs can be challenging. Substance abuse and mental illness does not respond to a “one size fits all” approach. Scottsdale Providence provides individualized treatment designed to address issues including drug and alcohol addiction, mood disorders, trauma and co-occurring disorders. Our goal is for every client to experience a profound change through cutting edge, evidence-based practices provided by an experienced, compassionate team, in a safe, luxurious Scottsdale environment. We know that true change is possible and sustainable.


We offer PHP, IOP and Evening IOP. Our therapists work with you to identify your goals and develop a program that fits you. Our comprehensive addiction treatment program includes individual and group therapy, psychiatric care and 12-Step Facilitation. The clinical foundation of our program is in Interactive Journaling, an innovative experiential modality that puts the client at the center of their change process. Our expert treatment team blends CBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, Neurofeedback and Occupational Therapy to promote long term recovery. Psychiatric care, case management, discharge planning, acupuncture, yoga and fitness all make up a truly comprehensive treatment experience.


Regular family therapy sessions are built into our treatment program along with weekly visitation. We offer a monthly Family Meeting support group and a Family Workshop to provide essential tools for improving communication, establishing healthy boundaries and repairing damaged relationships.


Scottsdale Providence maintains a strong network of alumni. Our alumni program includes weekly aftercare groups, regular check-ins, alumni-run support groups, quarterly fellowship events and an annual camping trip.


EMDR stands for – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Scottsdale Providence offers EMDR therapy to clients suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related distress. As trauma is common among those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders, this type of therapy is a natural fit for inclusion in a comprehensive treatment program.

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Extensive scientific and clinical research has determined that EMDR is an effective method to help people heal from their past traumatic experiences.

It’s believed that past traumatic experiences continue to cause problems in our lives when the memory of that experience is not processed properly. Unprocessed memories contain all the negative emotions, thoughts and even the physical sensations that were present at the time of the event. When these memories are triggered, so are the negative elements of the initial event, causing symptoms of PTSD or other mental health disorders.

EMDR therapy incorporates the use of eye movements and other forms of rhythmic bilateral (left-right) stimulation (for example, taps or tones). While clients simultaneously focus on the trauma memory and experience bilateral stimulation, the pain and distress of the memory are reduced.

This type of therapy is intended to change how the memory is stored in the brain, thereby lowering or even eradicating the distressing symptoms. Anyone who has suffered past trauma can benefit from EMDR.


If it’s determined that EMDR is a good fit for your needs and goals, you’ll meet with a counselor once a week for 6-12 weeks. Some clients benefit from fewer sessions; the duration of therapy depends on your progress.

There are eight phases to EMDR therapy:

Phase 1: History and Treatment Planning. The therapist assesses your readiness for EMDR and develops a treatment plan. Together, you’ll identify potential targets (past traumatic events) for EMDR processing.

Phase 2: Preparation. During this phase, your therapist explains the procedures to you and introduces some stress reduction techniques you can use if any emotional disturbances arise after a session.

Phases 3-6: Assessment, Desensitization, Installation, Body Scan. In these phases, a target is identified and processed using EMDR techniques. Your counselor will ask you to hold different aspects of the traumatic experience in mind while you use your eyes to track their hand as it moves back and forth across your field of vision (or other stimulation). They will evaluate you for changes in emotion and thinking, using standard EMDR techniques to strengthen positive thinking and process anything negative remaining.

Phase 7: Closure. This ends the session. If the traumatic memory is not fully processed in the session, you’ll receive techniques to remain calm and safe in between sessions.

Phase 8: Reevaluation. The next session begins with this phase, in which you and your therapist discuss your progress. You’ll determine if any new areas need treatment and which targets to continue processing.

Freedom is possible

EMDR therapy is being used with great success to treat PTSD, grief, abuse—the symptoms of which are linked drug and alcohol addiction. The benefits of EMDR include improved self-esteem, reduced stress, and the release of distress related to old ideas and memories. Such benefits lead to long-lasting behavioral changes.

Learn how Scottsdale Providence can help you heal from your past and move forward into a beautiful future. Freedom is possible, and we can help. Reach out today.

Neurofeedback Therapy

Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center is proud to offer our clients neurofeedback therapy as part of our comprehensive treatment program for substance abuse and mental health issues. Administered by Dr. Carl Schwartz, Ph.D. and J.D., neurofeedback therapy enables clients to tap into their brain’s innate ability to regulate and optimize itself.

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What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a type of biofeedback. It’s a noninvasive therapeutic intervention in which sensors are attached to your scalp, and the sensors are attached to a computer program. The program assesses your brainwave activity, and then it uses sound or visual signals to reorganize and retrain your brain signals that are not working optimally.
Through this process, clients are able to regulate and improve their brain function, and in turn, they find relief from various neurological and mental health disorders. Neurofeedback is especially useful for treating such conditions as:

  • Stress, anxiety and panic
  • Depression
  • Sleep issues
  • ADHD
  • PTSD

Other psychological and neurological disorders, including bipolar and substance abuse disorders

Does neurofeedback work?

Clients at Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center are having great success with neurofeedback treatment. Overwhelmingly, they report benefits such as:

  • Feeling calmer and more peaceful
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced anger and fear
  • Greater ability to focus and relax
  • Greater emotional stability

When you feel more at ease with yourself and the world, you can better take advantage of the other recovery services we offer. This makes neurofeedback training a wonderful complement to the other treatments services we offer, such as individual and group counseling.

What happens during neurofeedback training?

Neurofeedback therapy at Scottsdale Providence typically consists of once-a-week sessions. Some clients need fewer sessions, while others may need more. A typical session looks like this:
You’ll sit, and the therapist will attach sensors to your scalp. The sensors are attached to a computer.
As you watch content on the screen, the sensors send data about your brainwave function to the computer, including information on which areas of your brain aren’t functioning properly or working well together.
While your brain receives feedback signals from the computer, the EEG program directs your brainwave activity to optimal, regulated patterns. These pulses “reboot” the brain and train it to function in healthier, more efficient ways.
Neurofeedback works
The brain is flexible and dynamic; with neurofeedback training, your brain’s structure can actually change in ways that allow it to operate better. Over time, regular neurofeedback training actually changes the brain. As your brainwave patterns improve over time, you should notice some or all of the benefits outlined above, including reduced stress, better sleep, greater emotional stability and improved mental clarity.
About our neurofeedback therapist, Dr. Carl Schwartz
Dr. Carl Schwartz has more than 30 years of experience with thousands of clients. He has advanced training in neuro-linguistic programming, biofeedback, mindfulness and Eastern practices that help people live happier, more fulfilling lives. through spiritual, psychological and neurolinguistic models. Dr. Schwartz holds both Ph.D. and J.D. degrees.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy treatment that offers a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. We at Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center believe that our thoughts and beliefs shape our behaviors, and by using cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, we can change false beliefs and errors in thinking to positively affect behavior.

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How does cognitive behavioral therapy work?

Cognitive behavioral therapy works by challenging and changing the negative and distorted thoughts and beliefs that are deeply ingrained in us. Clients are encouraged to challenge these beliefs in therapy as part of a comprehensive effort to change their destructive patterns of behavior and achieve health and joy.
To change the thinking patterns that are causing you harm, our therapists might ask you to:

  • Examine how your distortions in thinking are creating problems in your life
  • Reevaluate if these long-held beliefs are serving you
  • Develop problem-solving skills to cope with challenges
  • Participate in role-play exercises to prepare for potentially problematic situations
  • Develop more confidence is your abilities
  • Learn strategies that will help you relax your body and quiet your mind

Cognitive behavioral therapy techniques
CBT is a solutions-oriented mode of treatment. Our counselors work with you to understand your challenges and develop a treatment strategy. The primary focus is on moving forward and developing healthy ways to cope with life.
To do so, our therapists will help you set and reach short-term goals. Then, they will use several CBT techniques that gradually adjust how you think, feel and react to life’s situations. These CBT techniques include:

    • Journaling
    • Talking with your therapist and peers
    • Brainstorming solutions to problems
    • Challenging beliefs that don’t serve you
    • Mindfulness, relaxation, deep breathing
    • Reading and/or writing assignments
    • Saying affirmations
    • Visualization
    • Reframing negative thoughts

The benefits of CBT
Cognitive behavioral therapy is widely regarded as one of the most successful forms of psychotherapy. Clients at Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center are making real, effective changes in their lives. When used as part of our comprehensive treatment program, clients are enjoying dramatic improvements in their quality of life.

What can cognitive behavioral therapy accomplish?
      • Better stress management
      • Reduced anxiety and depression
      • How to reframe the situation at hand and how you interpret and react to it
      • Offers healthy alternatives to destructive thinking and behavior, including addiction
Does CBT work?

Yes. According to the American Psychological Association, cognitive behavioral therapy is effective in treating a range of mental and behavioral disorders, including:
Substance use problems
Eating disorders
Mental illness
n addition, numerous studies, such as this one reported in ScienceDirect, have concluded that cognitive behavioral therapy actually changes the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for higher-level thinking. This means that CBT might be able to make real, physical changes to the part of our brain that handles emotions and logic.
Finally, the BBC reported, “Of all the talking therapies, CBT has the most clinical evidence to show that it works.” When used as part of a holistic treatment program, CBT can help people find freedom and joy.
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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a specialized branch of cognitive behavioral therapy that emphasizes regulation of emotions and healthier coping skills. Clients at Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center are realizing tremendous benefits by participating in this type of treatment.

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What is DBT?

Dialectical behavioral therapy was developed in the late 1980s to treat chronically suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Since then, ample research has demonstrated that DBT is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders, including:

    • Substance use
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Bipolar
    • PTSD
    • Eating disorders
How DBT works?

In dialectical behavior therapy, clients learn new skills to manage their emotions and decrease conflict in their relationships. DBT does this by focusing on four key areas:
Mindfulness. Therapists teach mindfulness skills to help clients learn how to take stock of their current situation and be aware of their emotions. When you learn how to be present in the moment and accept what you’re feeling, you can better manage your response to conflict.
Distress tolerance. Learning distress tolerance skills increases a client’s ability to handle negative emotions in a healthy way. When you recognize that you can’t always control a situation—but you can control how you react to it— you are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors in an attempt to escape the negativity.
Emotion regulation. Emotion regulation teaches strategies to manage and change negative emotions that are causing problems. When you can reduce your vulnerability to emotional suffering, you are no longer controlled by your unhealthy responses to such suffering.
Interpersonal effectiveness. Interpersonal effectiveness skills help clients communicate with others in assertive, healthy ways that maintain self-respect and benefit relationships. When you know how to communicate in a thoughtful and deliberate manner, you are less likely to react impulsively to conflict.

Is DBT effective?

Yes, it is. Due to its emphasis on regulating emotions and adopting healthier coping skills, DBT is increasingly being used as part of a comprehensive treatment program for a variety of mental health disorders. Numerous organizations back this up, including:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration includes DBT on its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
The National Center for Biotechnology Information calls it “a well-established treatment for individuals with multiple and severe psychosocial disorders.”
A study published in Psychiatric Times found that DBT significantly decreases suicide attempts, depression and substance use
The benefits of DBT at Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center
Scottsdale Providence incorporates DBT as part of our comprehensive treatment program to help clients struggling with drug addiction, alcoholism, trauma and other mental illness. Our counselors are using DBT to:
Reduce self-harming behavior
Lessen symptoms related to trauma, addiction, depression and anxiety
Build long-lasting and sustainable self-respect
Improve interpersonal relationships with loved ones

Our licensed therapists will work with you to define treatment goals and get you where you need to be. We can help you create a life worth living without engaging in destructive thoughts and behaviors.

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Learn more about dialectical behavior therapy at Scottsdale Providence Recovery Center and see how we can help you get on the road to a healthy, joyful life.

ACT Therapy

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) – ACT is a form of psychotherapy aimed at helping patients use acceptance as a tool for growth. Instead of avoiding distressing or uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, ACT helps people realize that suppressing, managing or denying difficult emotions usually just creates added pain and difficulty. Instead, ACT therapy encourages clients to meet challenging situations with mindfulness and acceptance, enabling them to find healthy and successful ways to move forward.

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How Does ACT Work?

ACT is based on the premise that it is both ineffective and counterproductive to avoid or deny painful feelings or experiences, as it ultimately leads to more distress. Instead, ACT utilizes positive alternatives to address thought patterns, such as mindfulness, attention to value systems, and positive action. During an ACT session, clients learn to listen to their internal dialogue—with specific attention to traumatic events, difficult relationships, or other stressors. The client and therapist then determine if any action needs to be taken, or if the situation can be accepted as is, while the client learns to develop healthier behavior patterns that may improve the situation in the longer-term. Once individuals face and accept certain feelings and situations, they are then able to use energy formerly spent on fighting their situations and emotions for better purposes—such as committing to living in accordance with their goals and values. The ultimate goal is to empower people to face life successfully, regardless of their circumstances.

Is ACT Effective?

ACT, especially when paired with mindfulness practice, offers clinically effective treatment for a wide range of psychological disorders and conditions, including anxiety, depression, OCD, addiction, and substance use disorder. ACT can help clients develop psychological flexibility, confidence, and increased ease by enabling them to face their problems head-on, rather than avoiding life’s stressors. This empowering approach helps clients accept that their reactions and feelings are valid responses to certain situations, and commit to moving forward in their lives.


SPRC's core program model is based on Interactive Journaling. Interactive Journaling is nationally recognized by SAMHSA as an evidenced based practice and is on the National Recognized Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) list of approved programs.


Eastern medicine practices such as acupuncture have become a staple in the top national rehabs. Acupuncture serves as a benefit in alleviating symptoms of physical pain, withdrawals, emotional problems and even curing insomnia!


The National Recognized Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) identifies the Gorski Cynaps model as an effective model for Lapse/Relapse Intervention. This work is designed for people who want to recover from chemical dependency or self-defeating behaviors.


It is now widely known that the history of addiction and behavioral health treatment, in general, was primarily geared toward chemically dependent men. As a result, women were placed in the same treatment programs as their male counterparts.


Many people have difficulty with common recovery. Holistic therapy is a non-western therapeutic approach that encompasses many practices such as exercise, acupuncture, self-realization therapy, yoga altruistic therapy and equine assisted therapy.


Anger management reduces both the emotions and physiological arousal that anger causes while changing the faulty beliefs that support anger. You can't get rid of, or avoid, or change the conditions that enrage you, but you can learn to control your reactions and thoughts.


Sex and love Addiction can be as devastating and hurtful to the sufferer and loved ones as any addiction. Sex and/or love addiction therapy can help the individual identify and change self-defeating behaviors to shape a sane and sound ideal sex and love life.


(Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation) is the only FDA approved form of painless, non-invasive brain stimulation that applies a small, pulsed electric current across a person's head to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia and chronic pain.


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