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Tempe cares about our community. If you or someone you care about need support to overcome substance abuse and addiction, this resource and services page is designed to answer some of your questions and connect you to the right place to begin the healing process. 

For guidance and assistance, please contact CARE 7 at (480) 350-8004.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic disease that affects people physically, impairs judgment and impacts people's behavior. 

Here is some information to help:
Signs of Addiction
Steps to Recovery 
Substance Abuse Resource Directory 
Informational Storymaps and Data 

What are the Signs of Addiction?

Recognizing the signs of addiction is the first step to getting help for yourself or guiding someone you care about to services for recovery. Craving and compulsive using Loss of control over the amount and frequency of use .Continued use in the face of adverse consequences There are behavioral, physical, and psychological aspects of addiction.

Behavioral signs include but are not limited to:

  •  Missing work/school
  • Work/school problems
  • Missing important engagements
  • Isolating/secretive about activities
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Legal problems
  • Relationship/marital problems
  • Financial problems (e.g. always needing money)
  • Conversations dominated by using or drug/alcohol related topics

Physical signs include but are not limited to:

  • Increased physical activity or decreased physical activity (depending on the drug)
  • Repetitive speech patterns
  • Dilated pupils, red eyes
  • Excessive sniffing and runny nose (not attributable to a cold)
  • Looking pale or undernourished
  • Clothes do not fit the same
  • Weight loss
  • Change in eating habits
  • Unusual odors or body odor due to lack of personal hygiene

Psychological signs include but are not limited to:

  • Irritability/Argumentative
  • Defensiveness
  • Inability to deal with stress
  • Loss of interest in activities/people that used to be part of their lives
  • Obnoxious
  • Silly
  • Confused easily
  • Denial
  • Rationalizing – Offering alibis, excuses, justifications, or other explanations for their using behavior
  • Minimization – Admitting superficially to the problem but not admitting to the seriousness or full scope of the behavior or consequences
  • Blaming – Placing the blame for the behavior on someone else or some event
  • Diversion – Changing the subject to avoid discussing the topic

The three "C's" of addiciton:

  • Craving and compulsive using
  • Loss of control over the amount and frequency of use.
  • Continued use in the face of adverse consequences

 Steps to Recovery

Climbing up from the depths of addiction can be a daunting experience. But by focusing on one step at a time, you can build on previous successes, learn from past mistakes, and ultimately achieve the happier and healthier future that you deserve.

Addiction can take hold quickly, in some cases, after first use of certain drugs. Though there are similarities among addicted individuals, each case is unique, and is influenced by a myriad of biological, psychological, and social factors such as age, gender, prior drug use, the substance being abused, and family history.

Because of the intensely personal qualities of addiction, no two people will follow the identical path to recovery. For example, some people will require residential care, outpatient treatment and years of therapy, while others will be able to bring their disease under control with medication and counseling. Drug addiction has an impact on families and often the whole family needs support. 

Even with so many influences and factors, most recovering addicts will pass through similar phases and stages. 

The following are five common stages of addiction recovery:

1. Awareness and Early Acknowledgement
2. Considering Action
3. Exploring Recovery
4. Early Recovery
5. Active Recovery and Maintenance

Substance Abuse Resource Directory

You and those you care about aren't alone. Help is available.

If you need help determining what treatments and services would be best, CARE 7 engages people at the point of crisis in their lives and continues to support them with assistance and referral through the continuum of healing and recovery. Representatives of CARE 7 can help you determine which resources will help you or those you care about.

You can call CARE 7 at 480-350-8004 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

If you prefer to search independently, our online resource directory can help you find treatment centers, recovery support groups, sober living communities and more.  - just click here.

Sort through this directory to look for facilities that are specific to what you are looking for by pulling down on the box that reads All Amenities and scrolling through the options.  

Tempe Coalition has a mission of reducing underage drinking and drug abuse. Reach out to them at 480-858-2316.  If you think your child may be using drugs, contact Not My Kid to obtain free drug testing kits. 

Storymaps and Data 

ASU and City of Tempe Wastewater Study Map and Dashboard Data
Possible Opioid Overdose Calls for Emergency Medical Service Map
Help Fight Opioid Addiction Storymap