Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center in Tucson, AZ

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7493 North Oracle Road # 203
Tucson AZ 85704

Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center Philosophy

Desert Star offers individuals battling chemical dependency and mental health issues the resources and support to do so. The rehab provides intensive outpatient services for drug and alcohol abuse, co-occurring mental health disorders, eating disorders, and sex and relationship issues. Clients learn how to live their lives without relying on mood altering substances or maladaptive behaviors.

Areas of Specialization

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

  • Out Patient
    Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.

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Meet the Staff

Richard J. Poppy

Executive Director

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Richard J. Poppy has been working in Addiction Treatment more than 20 years. In addition to heading up Desert Star, he continues to be involved in addiction and behavioral health issues at the community and state legislature levels.

Marla Perry


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Marla Perry has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is licensed as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 30 years experience in the behavioral health field in a variety of settings including community health centers, residential substance abuse programs, outpatient clinics and psychiatric hospitals. Marla provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management. 360 Guide

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Located in the desert north of Tucson, AZ, Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center runs four intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment programs for those struggling with substance abuse, co-occurring mental health disorders, eating disorders, and sex and relationship issues. The CARF-accredited facility, recognized by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), also offers on-site 12-step meetings, neurofeedback, and Vivitrol for those with withdrawal symptoms.


Desert Star serves clients through one of its four distinct intensive outpatient programs: Oasis (for substance abuse issues), Mesquite (for eating disorders), Grace (for men with sex and intimacy disorders), and Mariposa (for women with unhealthy relationship patterns).

Across all programs, treatment plans include group and individual counseling, 12-step support meetings, psychoeducation and process groups, acupuncture, spiritual guidance, and nutritional guidance. Those enrolled in Oasis, the substance abuse track, receive screening for detox and medication management. Desert Star also makes use of evidence-based modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), psychodrama, and expressive arts.

In addition, those attending the Mesquite program benefit from a range of additional services including nutritional consults, meal planning, community meals, post-meal processing, grocery tips, and exercise groups. The Grace program utilizes a sex addiction therapist.

All programs feature a second phase of continuing care, offering clients an additional three hours of counseling per week, for three to six months. Desert Star also offers family and couples workshops, encouraging loved ones to take an active role in their loved one's recovery.


Led by an executive director with more than two decades of addiction treatment, the facility’s clinical team includes many Ph.D., master’s level, and licensed professionals. These include a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PNP), a registered dietitian, a sex addiction therapist, a clinical psychologist, a "psychodrama trainer", a spiritual director, and a handful of counselors and therapists who carry all sorts of expertise with them.

REVIEWS has not received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff at the time of writing.

On the facility's Facebook page, which the facility can manage, Desert Star earned an average rating of 3.9 out of five stars across nine reviews. Reviews from alumni, family, and staff members alike were excellent. “I absolutely love Desert Star,” wrote Alyssa.[1] “I called them when I had someone in my life who needed help. They are trustworthy and knowledgeable!” J.T., an alum, recounted his success story: “Over 3.5 years sober thanks to Desert Star and it's outstanding program!” And D.D.A., presumably a staff member, called the facility in Tucson a “great place to work, but an even better place to see peace.”


Desert Star accepts most insurances, and has preferred provider status with BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Aetna, United Behavioral Health, and many others. The facility also offers financing options through American Healthcare Lending and Freedom Loans.


Published on November 2017

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