Dr. Arneson started his education at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1992 (with Honors) with a double major in Biology and Psychology. From 1994 to 1996, he continued his education at the University of Texas at El Paso and the El Paso Community College where his focus was on organic chemistry. In 1994 he received the necessary training to be certified by the American Board of Hypnotherapy in clinical and regression hypnotherapy. In 1996 he entered into his medical training at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where he received his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in August 2000. From 1988, he has worked in both the volunteer and employee capacity in the field of addiction, as well as with the seriously mentally ill, working extensively with both adult and adolescent populations. Since October of 2000, to July 2002, he served in the capacity of Medical Director at the Naturopathic Detox Program, a non-profit 14-28 day residential naturopathic drug and alcohol detoxification facility. Since February of 2003 to March of 2007, he held the position of Medical Director of The River Source Naturopathic Detoxification and Treatment Program in Mesa, Arizona. From November of 2007 until June 2008 he was medical director of the World Addiction and Health Institute (WAHI) in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a part time Clinical Instructor (since 2001) of Naturopathic Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences where he supervises and trains student doctors in clinical settings. He also maintains a private practice, focusing on treatment of alcoholism, drug dependency, and chronic disease.
"I came into The River Source for the second time this year, almost 30 days ago. My first time in, I thought I had the program figured out and was overly confident when I left. Because of that I ended up falling off the wagon, my ego took over, and I relapsed. This time coming in here I had to take this experience as completely brand new. I had to set aside everything I knew for a brand new experience. I feel as if this time around, prior to coming in. I had reached my extreme bottom. I walked..."