Sierra Tucson Blog

Ready for Change: How the Admissions Team Supports Referring Professionals

By Blake Master Associate Director of Admissions With direct efforts from behavioral health professionals who refer to Sierra Tucson, over 1,500 lives were touched in 2016. That’s 1,500 people making a change in order to feel better, improve, and thrive for years to come. It is not only these individuals who are taking a leap of faith when seeking treatment, but also their referring doctors, therapists, and counselors who are... Read More

The Powerful Gift of Recovery as an Art Form

By Scott Frazier, MSC Manager, Eating Recovery Services Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination placed on any medium. The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) defines art therapy as an integrative mental health tool that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art therapy effectively supports personal and relational... Read More

Celebrating Every Body: The Body Positive Movement in Action

In today’s world of Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Pinterest, photos of near-perfect bodies and flawless faces flood the social media scene. While many celebs and citizens alike are promoting a new approach to beauty known as the body positive movement, it’s easy to fall into the toxic trap of comparing ourselves to others. The good news is we’re making progress toward positivity and a healthy lifestyle. Rachel Reid, RD, a... Read More

Body Healing Before Body Positivity

Summertime is often a trigger for individuals struggling with disordered eating patterns. Less clothing and barely-there bikinis can evoke anxiety and depression in those who suffer from maladaptive eating behaviors. We’re taking a more in-depth look at the societal movement toward ‘Body Positivity.’ Jill Sena, MA, LAC, SEP, a primary therapist at Sierra Tucson, offers insight on what it means to heal from disordered eating patterns, and how healing precedes... Read More

A New Path to Healing: Refuge Recovery

By Sandra Guilfoyle, MS, LPC, NCC Primary Therapist Over the last nine years working with clients with substance use issues, I kept hearing over and over, “I don’t like the 12 Steps. I don’t have a Higher Power, it doesn’t make sense.” Once a client made up his or her mind that he or she would not be involved with the 12 Steps, the options grew very limited for other... Read More

Body Beautiful: Finding Authentic Beauty in Self-Acceptance

Known for her advocacy work in creating a more body-positive society, supermodel Emme has made it her mission to incite a cultural shift in the status quo. Her 2016 #BodyBeaUtiful project, co-sponsored by Sierra Tucson and Timberline Knolls, featured videos and messages of individuals who shared their personal stories and joined the #BodyBeaUtiful conversation. We started our own conversation with Emme about this monumental movement from body dissatisfaction to body... Read More

Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

By Kimberly Peters, MSSW, LCSW DBT Therapist, Sierra Tucson I still remember my first encounter with someone living with borderline personality disorder; I was in graduate school working as part of an assessment team for a closed psychiatric unit. As we were about to walk in to meet with the patient, my mentor looked at the chart and said, “Oh, she’s borderline.” The interesting thing about this experience is that... Read More

Body Positivity: Celebrating every body and the person within

Body Positivity. Two buzzwords and a very hot topic in today’s society. But what does it really mean, and how do premier treatment centers like Sierra Tucson incorporate this concept into their therapeutic milieu? Scott Frazier, MSC, manager of Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Services, explains. Q: What is Sierra Tucson’s stance on body positivity? SF: At Sierra Tucson, we teach residents to be loving and kind to their bodies. Many... Read More

Empty Nest Syndrome: Healthy tips for re-fluffing your feathers

If your last child is getting ready to leave the nest, or he or she has already moved out, you might find yourself at a crossroads of emotions. Empty nest syndrome doesn’t affect every parent; one parent might endure a sense of loss while the other might find an empty house liberating. It’s common for parents to feel emotionally unprepared when their child leaves the home, having regrets about missed... Read More

A Smoother Road to Eating Recovery

Sierra Tucson’s Evolved Approach to Disordered Eating by Alisa Fliss, EdS, MBA Director of Business Development, Acadia Healthcare – Recovery Division Recently, I received an invitation to a conference call to learn about the latest updates on Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Program. I have to admit, this was a conference call to which I looked forward. There’s a real need in our communities for programs like that of Sierra Tucson’s,... 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 TPS Role: Your Treatment Guide

By Andrew Suma, MA, LPC Director of Business Development, Acadia Healthcare – Recovery Division In a recent edition of Sierra Tucson’s Progress newsletter, Marina Rodina, director of business development for the Western region of the Treatment Placement Specialist (TPS) team for Acadia Healthcare – Recovery Division, provided an in-depth exploration of what it is like to work with a TPS and why such a role exists, as well as a... Read More

Exciting Announcements at Sierra Tucson

By Valerie Kading, DNP, MSN Chief Medical Operations Officer It is with enthusiasm and gratitude that we share the exciting news of recent key additions to Sierra Tucson’s Medical Department: Director of Addictions/Co-occurring Disorders Program Teresa Jackson, MD, is the director of the Addictions/Co-occurring Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson and started her tenure in late 2016. She received both her undergraduate degree and medical degree from the University of Arizona.... Read More

Is Logic Compatible with Recovery?

By Victor P. Gilbert, MSW, LISAC Primary Therapist, Sierra Tucson The views expressed herein are derived from observations of persons in my groups during the course of my career as a therapist. When possible, I have attempted to reconcile these observations with known long-term outcomes. Early on in my profession, there was an individual in my group who presented as being less than highly motivated. That person completed (superficially in... Read More

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