Sierra Tucson Blog

Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

By Kimberly Peters, MSSW, LCSW Primary 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

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

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

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