A safe path out of drug dependency

Get out of the traditional pain management nightmare.

We can help you be yourself again, productive and functional.

Call Now (623) 262-3514 – Now with Offices in Gilbert, Peoria, and Safford

Our goal is to provide relief from dependency on pain medications and other drugs including optiates and the horrible withdrawals many experience. We provide a bridge to freedom from opiates. We offer discrete help from compassionate care givers. Our early (4am) and late hours avoid unnecessary questions at work. The process includes counseling and coping skills in addition to medication.

Do you find yourself in the traditional pain management nightmare where you are no longer “you”, where you can’t be productive or functional? We can help. We have alternatives that will help you be “you” again. We prescribe buprenorphine and other modalities to give people their lives back.  Long acting pain relief that is legal with no “high”, just feeling “normal”, and doesn’t build up a tolerance to the medication.

Read below what our patients have said. You too can get out of the pain management nightmare and be yourself again.

If your goal is to get off high dose Buprenorphine or Suboxone we can help you taper down and off in a safe and timely manner. We can help you become you again.

Dr. Reader has years of experience working in addiction medicine. He is the founder of Dependency Relief Specialists, a practice committed to providing cutting-edge medical care to those suffering with addiction. Dr. Reader is skilled with many different techniques to help the afflicted overcome chemical dependency. He believes that the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of addiction must be addressed to produce the best possible sobriety outcomes. Dr. Reader’s expertise in addiction medicine has helped many find the path to recovery.

For over 27 years Dr. Reader has enjoyed a very successful practice as an Anesthesiologist in Mesa Arizona. Since 2010, Dr. Reader has also developed a practice in pain management/drug addiction medicine. He is also an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine .


“Today was a great day, I have been dependent on OxyContin and Percocet for around 20yrs, sick of the roller coaster ride of addiction, not even remembering having a day that was not controlled by drugs, almost losing my life 3 times last year without any hope of a future, knowing that Drugs were not only controlling my life, but having a very negative effect on my family’s, Not only have I been a burden to my family, I also knew that I was very near death, but even though I wanted to get well and be the woman I once was, I really don’t remember how it even feels to be her anymore and how to stop, I was scared because from abruptly just stopping in the past, it put me into seizures, and I stopped breathing! Scared to death, I remembered talking to this woman after calling Dr. Readers office looking for help about a yr ago, and worried that I the woman that has raised to beautiful kids and had my own Childcare, soccer mom, Girl Scouts, you name it, was going to be judged, I thought I would be looked at like a failure. Well today I learned that I was wrong, Barbra’s encouraging words made me realize I am only human like everyone else, and that I could have enough courage to make my first step into the office that felt like I was welcomed in by old friends, and all my fear was gone, these girls were genuine and kind, you could tell that they really care, and not just because their paid to, and I’m sure most of us know from seeing so many different doctors to get our fix through the years how those places make you feel. I then met the most amazing doctor, he made me feel like I could tell him anything, and I did, I told him about all the years of drug abuse and how I really didn’t remember much of the last 2 yrs! Looking up at him as he listened patiently, I still just seen his warm and caring face, I mean his heart is truly about helping all of us that feel like we are not even worth helping! I know he has my best interest in mind, and I am trusting him with my life! Today for me was my last chance at living. The medicine he prescribed is already working,& I know God sent him and his staff to save me from myself! Thank You So Much! For anyone who is out there reading this, please just take the first step and call, when we are down as low as we can go , then we’ve got no where else to go accept up, right? So why not let the best of the best help you by taking your hand? WE CANNOT CHANGE WHAT WE DONT ACKNOWLEDGE! COME ON WE CAN ALL DO THIS TOGETHER, BECAUSE WITH GOD AND THOSE 3 ANGELS WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS! XOXO”


“I have been a patient of Dr. Reader for more than 2 years. I can still remember my very first office visit – meeting Barbara, Helen, and the Dr. What an amazing feeling! I can truly say that I have NEVER before been treated with such unconditional compassion, and dignity. The staff in the office are just phenomenal, and ALWAYS exhibit such a genuine concern for their patients. If ever an issue arose (from needing to re-schedule an appointment, to a prior authorization), it was always resolved with a sense of urgency. Dr. Reader has the unique ability to be compassionate, fair, stern, and receptive to your individual treatment needs.
This is a delicate balance, that NOT many doctors in this field possess.
This is why I am absolutely grateful to be a patient here, and I thank the Dr., and the amazing staff with ALL my heart!!” – WC

Sept 21, 2017

Because from the moment I came into contact with Dr.Reeder and his staff my life got better and I had some hope and self esteem again. I was lucky to discover you and your location is very convenient for me. From the first you’ve been trying to help me and see just what will best help my situation. Dr. R has also encouraged me often with sincere advice, like a brother who really cares. This is SO MUCH better than methadone too, Dr.R’s treatment leaves me lucid and free from withdrawal, not dopey, pale, and high like methadone but normal, focused, and craving-free. This is a reasonably affordable way out of the pain pill chasing game curse. Thanks for treating me like a patient who has suffered from an illness who needs help and understanding. CW

July 31, 2016

I have seen more than 3 Suboxone/Buprenorphine doctors over the last few years and I can confidently say I lucked out meeting Dr Reader. Unlike other doctors, he is non judgemental, encouraging, and punctual. Helen and Barbara are always kind and accommodating to your personal life in those times you may need to reschedule. Dr. Reader works with you to find a correct dosage, and understands no two people are the same. He truly cares about your well being and wants you to live a happy, energetic, productive life! -S.E.J.

July 19, 2016

“Coming to Dr. Reader is a life changing experience. No longer chasing a high to just feel normal. Coming here has changed my life. I can hold down a job, have a good family involvement, be the parent I’ve always wanted to be. Able to now own my own home, cars, etc. If you feel there is no hope or future, there is with this treatment plan, your life will be what it was before the addictions. No high, just feel normal. “ WJ

July 7, 2016

I love this treatment. Barbara, Helen and Dr Reader are helping me a lot and because of them I am getting through with a better lifestyle change ☺
Absolutely come in if you have an issue with substance abuse and you want to be a better you. Thank you VJ

July 7, 2016

I have been going to Dependency Relief Specialists for a year now, and Dr. Reader is the best doctor ever. He and his staff are very compassionate and caring, they are always there for me and without their help, I know my life wouldn’t be going as well today! They can truly help you overcome and conquer your addiction and keep you on a path to live a happy, successful, and sober life! M

July 7, 2016

Coming out of rehab and constantly relapsing, finally got out of treatment and started taking Suboxone and have been sober for over a year, working and bought a car. I am a changed person. This program has made the change in my life extremely easier. I recommend anyone who is struggling and can’t find a solution to consider the benefits of this medication. It has been a part to saving my life and furthering sobriety. KI

July 7, 2016

I absolutely love this place. Dr. Reader and his wife are great. This place has completely changed my life in the best way possible. No more chasing the pills. I feel great and know I’m clean. If you need any help with addiction please come see them, it will change your life. CM

July 7, 2016

I have had lower back pain for seven years and was a prisoner of opiates in that time. Discovering this practice has saved my life and returned me to my family. I am now living my life as happy as anyone can be. RS

Now in Gilbert, Peoria and Safford

1452 N Higley Suite 101
Gilbert, AZ 85234

8914 N. 91st Ave Suite 100
Peoria 85345

616 South 8th Ave
Safford, AZ 85546


Dr. L Robert Reader
(623) 262-3514


(480) 275-3538
There are many terms used when describing medication to help remove opiod dependencies.  Here are two with links to more information on each:  Suboxone  and  Buprenorphine.