Ahwatukee Health and Recovery

About us: We believe that to treat addiction, you must together treat the body for physical symptoms and the mind for behavioral triggers. Physical and mental withdrawal symptoms may last after over a year of sobriety. Some physical symptoms may include nausea, exhaustion, seizures, joint aches, increased sweating, hot flashes, muscle spasms, and headaches. Some mental withdrawal symptoms include severe cravings, depression, anxiety, drug-induced psychosis, or an inability to fall or stay asleep.

We strongly believe treating the mind and body together is a proven fact for a higher success rate of recovery. At Ahwatukee Health Care and Recovery, our state of the art recovery model is about treating the body with our exceptional medical team, in correspondence with treating the mind through therapy with our comprehensive clinical team. We will schedule your appointment to meet with your doctor and therapist all within the same visit to you can learn more about how we can help you. It’s that easy.

Ahwatukee Health and Recovery creates a unique treatment plan and relapse prevention plan that includes:

In home detoxification
Medication Assisted Treatment
Recognition and understanding of relapse triggers
Evidenced based clinical practices
Family education and therapy
Educational Seminars and community outreach
Access to community-based programs, such as AA or NA
Creation of a sober support network outside of the treatment center
Case management

Meet our Experienced Providers

Dr. Daniel Pacheco, MD MA

Dr. Daniel M. Pacheco is a board certified Internal Medicine physician, who is also certified to provide Suboxone treatment. He brings a unique background of being a former Masters level mental health/substance abuse counselor, prior to becoming a physician. Dr. Pacheco has worked in a variety of inpatient/outpatients settings as a physician and chief medical officer. Having this vast experience allows him to better understand and treat those with addictions. His passion is helping others make positive changes in their lives and treating the whole person.

Ms. Samantha Higgins, LPC

Ms. Samantha Higgins is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 10+ years experience as a licensed practitioner in the field of addiction.  She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Master’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. Ms. Higgins has worked in a wide array of settings including acute hospital, residential treatment, and outpatient services.  As a crisis specialist, Ms. Higgins has counseled patients with trauma, psychotic episodes, and potential overdoses. Her extensive background in addiction, mental health, and crisis intervention makes her thoroughly prepared to address and treat each individual’s specific needs.  Her passion is to help others during their journey to obtain a healthy and successful life.

Ms. Audra Young, Substance Abuse Counselor

Ms. Audra Young is a Master’s Level Counselor Intern from Grand Canyon University (GCU) with a passion for helping individuals suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from GCU with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is completing her internship for Master of Science in Addiction Counseling. Audra is a 10 year veteran of the US Marine Corps, where she served as a Radar Air Traffic Control Supervisor.  Her experience as a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Behavioral Health Technician, Navigator, and Case Manager for homeless veterans give her a professional, all-inclusive view when helping patients decide their best course of treatment.  Ms. Young is an active member of Dream City Church and participates in a monthly community outreach program called “Walk by Faith”, where she assists the Phoenix-area homeless population by providing food, clothing, prayer, and counsel. Her personal journey of recovery and rehabilitation allows her to provide a real-life level of experience and insight to the patients at Ahwatukee Health and Recovery.