Prescription Drugs Rehab

Top rated prescription drugs rehab in Arizona with facilities in Scottsdale and Phoenix


Prescription drug rehab program in Scottsdale, AZ

Cornerstone Healing Center offers a prescription drugs rehab program that goes deeper than the surface level. From understanding the triggers of addiction to teaching patients how to cope with varying situations, the aim remains to improve the patient’s overall physical, mental, and psychological health.

We have 6 prescription drug rehab programs:

Our programs address our clients’ mental, physical, and spiritual needs. We will teach you how to live again.

Prescription Addiction: An Overview

We are a prescription drugs rehab ready to help you step into recovery. You’re not alone and it’s not too late. The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS) reveals that over 16 million Americans above the age of 12 misuse prescription drugs annually. 2 million of the people abusing prescription drugs, roughly 12%, have a prescription addiction. It’s alarming to note that 82% of misused prescriptions include opioids, like fentanyl.

Opioid abuse accounts for over 57% of prescription abuse cases involving over 9 million Americans deliberately misusing their prescriptions. Statistics further reveal that prescription drugs rank fifth amongst the most abused stimulants, below alcohol and tobacco-based stimulants. Around 1 in 10, people misuse their prescription drugs to achieve a state of euphoria.

Healing the Whole Person

Our Treatments and Therapies

How we can help you break free from prescription addiction

All addictions are treatable. Like treating a chronic illness, overcoming substance use addictions is possible through a comprehensive medication plan, therapeutic techniques, and patience. The road to recovery begins with finding the right treatment facility and rehabilitation program. Cornerstone can be that program for you.

At Cornerstone Healing Center, we believe in sustainable treatments that bolster long-term recovery. Achieving this goal means finding the problem’s root cause and digging it out from the soil.

For recovery to be possible, it is essential to recognize how the addiction is seeping into and ruining different aspects of your life. 

Knowing why you recover for yourself, your health, and your loved ones. Whatever the reason may be, it will also be the reason that will keep you pushing. Hence, ensuring a solid foundation will help make recovery easier.

We will give you a solid support system

In rehab, there are a lot of group therapies that your therapist will suggest. These groups allow you to build a support system and become someone else’s support. By sharing traumas, struggles, and recovery journeys, you connect with people who understand your problems better than anyone.

This support system will help you stay on track even after being discharged. It will hold you accountable and constantly remind you how great you are and all you have achieved.

We will show you how to live again

Addiction recovery can be demanding and requires your attention. But once you step back into society, you must find your grip and start where you left off. As said before, stepping back into your old routines will be difficult, but you are prepared for the transition to rehab. You are taught communication skills, how to create healthy habits, repair broken bonds, positive distractions, and many life skills to help you start your journey again. Learning these basics is extremely important since they will help you feel in control of driving your life rather than drugs.

We will help you learn to take the hard way

Life is not always smooth sailing.  It is also essential to learn how to do the hard things. You must know not always to try to take the easy path. After recovery, the awkward, uncomfortable situations in life are the ones that teach us the most. 

Recovery isn’t going to be easy at first. The real work starts after you leave treatment because you will begin to face what you’ve done in the past. The demanding situations where you must rebuild your life after addiction.

We teach our clients how to do these hard things in life and handle them with grace. Most importantly, how to cope and overcome these difficulties with confidence and kindness

Therapies we use to treat prescription addiction

Addictions can cause a lot of psychological and behavioral issues. Strained relationships with family and friends, feelings of guilt that come as an aftereffect of recovery, or even low self-esteem can soon become a reason for relapse. All of this requires a great deal of therapy.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy allows the patient to talk about issues they believe need attention. They can discuss their family problems, relationship issues, depression, or anxiety. It will give them a confidential, secure, and comfortable space to discuss what bothers them and their recovery.

By doing so, it becomes easier for the doctor to treat the patient on an individual level. They can guide and advise them on matters that affect the patient.

It can also help the patient recognize and build their identity, become more mindful of their words, feelings, and self, and communicate their stresses or needs better.

Group Therapy

Group therapy sessions are ideal for reducing feelings of isolation and abandonment. When patients discuss their addictions, they soon conclude that they are not alone. Others are dealing with similar problems, and they can find support in that group.

Moreover, it facilitates the therapist to help multiple individuals simultaneously, speeding up the recovery process. They can be taught coping mechanisms, become aware of how recovery looks in the long term, and even build a structure in their life, all with the help of group therapy.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy are ideal for desensitizing someone to their trauma. The treatment involves the therapist moving their finger in front of the patient’s eyes while asking them to talk about their trauma or the trigger of their addiction.

The distraction of the moving finger allows the patient to focus on something else rather than their reaction to the trauma. This soon reinforces the habit of talking about their trauma without reacting.

This therapy is beneficial in addiction treatment since most addiction problems are caused by previous trauma. Hence, overcoming trauma means overcoming your addiction.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy can help people suffering from substance abuse disorder with several skills that can help in reducing the chances of using drugs. This includes mindfulness, learning to regulate their emotions, control and tolerate the desire for narcotics when in distress, and interpersonal skills.

The main focus of this therapy is to change the patient’s behavior regarding their coping mechanisms. It encourages them to seek supportive environments, reduces their triggers, and helps them gain self-confidence.

For patients, these skills and a positive attitude are essential to establish since they can prevent any relapse in their recovery and future.

12 Steps

12-step programs are the most popular method of developing resistance to drugs. Patients can learn how to overcome their cravings and addictions through group support and self-control. 

The therapy focuses on going through the 12 steps of recovery. Each step teaches the individual to accept, control, and tame certain aspects of their addiction or self.

By doing so, they seek better connections and hobbies to focus on, providing them with more significant benefits than their addictions.

Our prescription addiction treatment process

Cornerstone focuses on providing our clients with a level of care and process that works. Understanding that each client’s case is unique, we build an effective treatment process for them.

So, our treatment focuses on understanding the triggers of the addiction and eliminating the cause at the root. This approach reduces the chances of relapse drastically and improves your overall well-being.

Our treatment includes therapies, medical assistance, life skills, and a nutritious diet. We ensure that our patients create healthy habits they can carry with them long-term.

Round-the-clock monitoring and care

In the initial stages of recovery, resisting drugs or going through the pain alone is challenging. Our residential programs, with 24-hour monitoring and care, allow us to ease pain and prevent relapse. It also helps us provide the support and guidance to overcome the painful parts of treatment.

Round-the-clock monitoring is also ideal for observing symptoms of other health conditions. Drug addiction can cause many physical illnesses, such as kidney/liver or lung damage, that might show in subtle manifestations. Catching them in the early stages can result in higher chances of recovery.

Medication to assist the withdrawal process if necessary

Withdrawal can result in severe symptoms that might make it harder to quit the drug. Clients often have prescribed medicines in our residential programs to help keep them comfortable through withdrawal. 

At our Scottsdale rehab, we take all precautions to ensure client safety and recovery.

Nutrition care and emphasis

Addictions, in general, can cause severe nutritional deficiencies. Our treatment program ensures that the client’s dietary needs are prioritized daily. In our higher levels of care, we have an on-staff chef who provides our clients nutritious meals and cooking classes. 

The goal is always to improve their physical and mental health.

Meet Our Clinical Team

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Lionel Estrada, LISAC

Clinical Director of Scottsdale Program

Lionel is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) with over 4 years at Cornerstone. Passionate about helping those with addiction and mental health struggles, and he has trained as an EMDR therapist, adopting a trauma-informed approach to find and treat underlying root causes with empathy. 

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Nate Bush, LCSW

Clinical Director of Phoenix Program

Nate began his recovery journey in 2010 and earned a Master’s in Social Work from ASU. He’s been in the Behavioral Health field since 2013. Specializing in CBT, DBT, and grief, Nate is now the Clinical Director of our Phoenix program, underlined by his passion for helping others who struggled with substance abuse issues as he did. 

FAQs About Prescription Addiction

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about prescription pill addiction and treatment.

What is prescription pill addiction?

Prescription drug addiction develops when a prescription medication is misused without adherence to the guidelines given by the prescribing physician or medical practitioner. As a prescription drugs rehab, we’ve seen how it can destroy lives. 

Abusing a prescription drug triggers a series of complications, depending on how the medication is abused. For instance, some people consume more than the prescribed dosage to gain relief from a painkiller or use the painkillers prescribed to someone else.

It’s also common for people to misuse prescription medication by ground-up the pills and snorting or injecting them into the bloodstream. 

People misuse opioids, benzodiazepines, and other prescription drugs to induce a state of euphoria or calmness, otherwise known as “getting high.” 

Abusing prescription drugs sets the stage for prescription addiction because these medications are highly addictive, triggering a compulsive pattern with far-reaching health implications.

It’s pertinent to note that prescription addiction is common across all age groups, from adolescents to seniors. The most commonly abused prescription drugs include anxiety medications, opioid pain-relief drugs, sedatives, and brain stimulants. 

People also abuse central nervous system (CNS) depressants and benzodiazepines to misuse their tranquilizing effects to induce a high state.

Xanax, medically termed alprazolam, is a popularly misused anti-anxiety drug. In recent years, the misuse and abuse of stimulating amphetamines like Adderall and Ritalin have alarmed researchers and medical practitioners. 

High school and college students abuse Adderall, prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to improve their academic performance.  

Amongst opioids, codeine, fentanyl, and oxycodone are the most widely misused prescription drugs. Do you suspect a loved one of misusing or abusing fentanyl? 

Experts believe early detection and timely interventions are crucial to prevent misuse from becoming a full-blown prescription addiction. We suggest finding a reputable facility to stage an intervention with a comprehensive fentanyl addiction treatment without delay.

Timely treatment at a prescription drugs rehab can help you from falling into a compulsive pattern of physical dependency and relapsing. 

What are the effects of prescription addiction?

Opioids, anti-anxiety medications, and stimulants slow down breathing patterns and heart rate alarmingly, to the extent that breathing stops altogether, inducing a state of coma or eventual death. Anti-anxiety medications and tranquilizers are commonly linked to memory loss, slowed breathing, and dangerously low blood pressure.

Patients who misuse these medications cannot stop abruptly as it can trigger lethal withdrawal symptoms, like seizures, hallucinations, and brain hyperactivity. Stimulants increase body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure levels, heightening the risk for seizures, paranoia, hallucinations, and aggressive behavior.

A prescription addiction alters the patient’s behavior and attitude toward relationships, responsibilities, and life. The obsession or compulsion to consume prescription drugs takes center stage in their priorities while everything else is neglected.

Patients diagnosed with or suspected of prescription drug abuse experience bad mood swings, and quitting, or delays in consumption make them irritable. They begin neglecting their domestic and professional responsibilities, be it studying or work.

Common behavioral manifestations of prescription drug abuse include:

  • Frequent visits to the restroom

  • Anxiously requesting early refills for their prescription drugs

  • Visiting multiple physicians or doctors to renew their prescription

  • Finding illegal means to source prescription drugs without consulting a doctor

  • Going outside at odd hours of the night

  • Changes in regular routines and work schedules

All drug-related addictions or substance use complications make patients isolated and alone. This social isolation is mainly triggered by mood swings, heightened irritability, and a tendency to lash out at family, friends, and loved ones. Prescription addictions trigger a pattern of denial and anger, which is catastrophic for romantic relations.

Does prescription addiction treatment need detox?

Prescription addictions latch onto the mind and body by creating a physical dependence that sustains the addiction by compelling the patient to continue using. This physical dependence occurs because these prescription drugs, especially opioids and sedatives, activate the reward center within the brain. Quitting abruptly is strongly ill-advised, and patients must undergo a comprehensive prescription addiction treatment.

After long-term misuse of prescription drugs, the body may need a medically-assisted detoxification process to overcome its tolerance and dependence on the drug. The body adjusts to obtaining regular drug doses, and failure to provide this dose can trigger debilitating withdrawal symptoms. Addiction specialists manage these withdrawal symptoms with a controlled detoxification process.

Once the detox is completed, patients can explore various therapies to treat the addiction. The most common and effective treatments include the 12-Step Facilitation Program, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Contingency Management.

Clinicians and addiction specialists typically combine many different forms of therapy treatments so that patients overcome physical dependence and transform their mindsets to adopt healthy lifestyles.

How long is rehab for prescription addiction?

Establishing the foundation for long-term recovery takes roughly 30-90 days. The more time, the better because it gives time to eliminate the drug’s effect on your body and mind.

However, the journey and severity of the addiction are different for everyone. A specific period can only be advised by a certified doctor who knows the details of your case.

Do you treat co-occurring disorders?

Addiction can either stem from or cause mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. These disorders are treated along with addiction in rehab. Co-occurring disorders are quite common in those who experience addiction. Any reputable treatment center will monitor and treat both. Learn more about how we treat co-occurring disorders. 

Does rehab work for prescription addictions?

Yes! A study conducted within 9 months of patient discharge showed that many individuals who attend rehab maintain their sobriety.

Why is it important for prescription addictions to be treated?

Prescription drugs tend to create tolerance in an individual’s body, leading to the patient taking higher doses. Increased prescription drug usage often leads to heavy dependence, addiction, or overdose. In the future, it can lead to fentanyl and/or heroin use which is proven to cause fatal overdoses. 

Still have questions about treatment?

Our admissions specialists are here to explain the process, answer any questions you may have, and ensure you’re getting the help you need to live a healthy life free from addiction.

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