Sierra Tucson Blog

Eating Disorders vs. Disordered Eating: When Is It Time to Seek Treatment?

As a society, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to look, act, and feel a certain way. With the infiltration of, and our obsession with, social media, we are subconsciously (and even sometimes knowingly) comparing ourselves to a perceived image of perfection. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), many individuals struggle with body dissatisfaction and disordered eating attitudes and behaviors. And, the best-known contributor to the... Read More

Understanding Access to Care is Critically Important in Choosing the Right Treatment Center

By Michelle McCabe-Gray Are you or a loved one considering treatment? It could be one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make. Here are some things to consider when determining if treatment is right for your needs. What type of treatment are you looking for? Treatment centers come in all shapes and sizes. It is critically important that you do the necessary research to make sure... Read More

Spotlight on Our Treatment Placement Specialists

by Marina Rodina Director of Business Development Acadia Healthcare’s Recovery Division Acadia Healthcare’s exemplary team of Treatment Placement Specialists (TPS) was created in response to an overwhelming need for pre-treatment consultation services. This team was also established as a means of both assisting professionals in linking clientele to the services needed and alleviating the frustration and intimidation that can result when one is seeking care for mental health, behavioral health,... Read More

Healthy Social Media Tips

On January 27, 2017, Sierra Tucson Chief Operations Officer Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP, was featured on News 4 Tucson – KVOA, weighing in on the harmful effects of social media addiction. Compulsive behavior such as checking one’s news feed several times per day, or comparing oneself to the ‘perfect’ life of his or her friends, can actually lead to more serious conditions like depression and anxiety. Here are... Read More

The Power of Connection

Sierra Tucson’s Connect365 makes all the difference in early recovery By LeeAnne Long, Connect365 Coordinator Nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Santa Catalina Mountains, Sierra Tucson exudes spirituality and enlightenment and is surrounded by a magical aura different from any other residential treatment center. Each resident that enters Sierra Tucson embarks on a journey of self-discovery. This journey brings forth the ability to see the world differently as their... Read More

The Worrier Gene

By Maureen Schwehr, NMD Director of Integrative Services Stress is ubiquitous in our society. How we respond to stress has a big impact on our physical and emotional wellbeing. Stress is almost always an initiating factor in a crisis. For years, I have suspected that some of us are genetically set up to have stress impact us more than others. With advancements in genetic testing, we are beginning to get... Read More

The Opioid Epidemic: Prevention, Recognition & Treatment

By Teresa L. Jackson, MD Director of Addictions / Co-occurring Disorders Program Prince, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Belushi, River Phoenix, Janis Joplin…the list goes on and on. It’s shocking to hear when a famous rock star or actor has died of a drug overdose. What’s more disturbing… 91 people die each day in the United States from an opioid overdose. 33,000 people... Read More

The Need to Belong: Understanding Grief and Loss in Adoptees

By Kimberly Craig, MA Program Director, Sierra Tucson During the holidays, families recently came together to celebrate roots, heritage, and cultural traditions. But for some adoptees who do not have knowledge of their biological history, it can be a very difficult time that brings up many conflicting emotions. Honoring old traditions are important – they help to create family bonds that provide an individual with a sense of belonging and... Read More

Sierra Tucson and EAGALA: Making connection through horses

By Jessica Miceli, MAC, LSC, EAGALA Certified Professional On January 19-21, 2017, Sierra Tucson will host the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association’s (EAGALA) “Training the Trainers” workshop. Founded in 1999, EAGALA is a nonprofit organization that has set the global standard in offering a fully developed, professionally endorsed treatment model for mental health professionals practicing equine-assisted psychotherapy. EAGALA has over 4,500 members in 50 countries (“The EAGALA Model” 2009-2010). Since... Read More

New Year’s Resolutions and Recovery

Embracing progress, not perfection The New Year is upon us! As we bid farewell to 2016 and welcome 2017 with open arms, it seems only natural to make a list of resolutions. But when lofty goals become set-ups for let-downs, it can lead to depression and self-doubt. At Sierra Tucson, we acknowledge the excitement that comes with a new year, and we believe in balancing that enthusiasm with realistic plans.... Read More

Depression and the Holidays

Finding peace and joy from within Typical holiday messages suggest we should be filled with gladness and good cheer. Tidings of Joy. Peace on Earth. Happy New Year. Despite holiday buzzwords and societal expectations of how this time of year should look, not everyone feels so merry and bright. From financial woes and high hopes, to shorter days and overwhelming to-do lists, this time of year can result in depression... Read More

How to Enjoy the Holidays in Recovery

Below are some tips and words of encouragement from some of our alumni. Sierra Tucson Alumni Relations wishes you a healthy and happy holiday season. We Support You! “My recipe for success during the holiday season includes meetings, meetings, and more meetings—especially extra Al-Anon meetings. Additionally, by using prayer and meditation, I’m better able to stay centered. I do make a plan when attending events. For me, my food plan... Read More

Music Therapy: Finding the Rhythm of Recovery

Did you know that incorporating music therapy into the treatment of addiction is beneficial to one’s recovery? It complements other treatment modalities used to help each individual. Music therapy can be active or passive; it can involve listening or singing. At Sierra Tucson, Family Therapist Michael Simpson, MSC, BCC, LAC, leads communal drumming circles. With the right rhythm and a new perspective on regaining harmony, music therapy can help open... Read More

Eating Recovery and the Holidays

Minimizing Fear and Anxiety For individuals in eating recovery, the holiday season can stir up feelings of fear and anxiety. From Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, to holiday parties and Chanukah traditions, this time of year is when memories are made around calorie-laden meals. Often, fighting the urge to fall into old patterns and behaviors feels like an uphill battle for the struggling individual. At Sierra Tucson, our goal is to... Read More

A Healthy Food Attitude

How long has it been since you’ve taken a look at your relationship with food or the parameters around which you eat? Does this relationship matter to you? Why or why not? The answer to these questions can create such an opportunity for you. In a world full of “eat this, not that,” “super food,” and a surplus of health claims, somewhere down the line there has been an attack... Read More