Founded in 1970, The Haven was created as a solution to the clear gap that existed in addiction recovery services—there were no substance use recovery centers in Tucson for women and their children. Research shows that relationships, especially with family and children, play an important role in women’s substance use, treatment, and relapse. Furthermore, about 7 in 10 women in recovery are mothers. To meet the needs of women in recovery, The Haven became officially incorporated as a non-profit addiction recovery facility just for women.
Our first residential facility was originally staffed by a group called Big Sisters of The Haven, a volunteer organization with many members who were recovering from substance use disorders themselves. Though we’ve grown through the years and now have the appropriate resources for our paid clinical staff, we still maintain the loving support and tightly knit bonds of our original residential treatment facility. Many of our staff members are graduates of our programs.
By 1976, we had a full-time addiction counselor on staff. The following year, it became clear that we had grown larger than the space. We moved to our current residential facility in 1977, and have continued to grow and expand our services since. Our most recent major change has been the addition of our outpatient clinic, which opened in 2015.
We have cultivated a family-like atmosphere at both of our facilities, so you can expect to relish in successes and find warmth and support in the face of challenges. Our highly trained staff includes master’s level clinicians and peer supports/recovery coaches who are constantly working to foster trust and decrease stigma among our clients.