Archive: 2015

The Gift of Hope

A holistic approach to pain management for a happier New Year Another year comes to a close, but for those struggling with chronic pain, there may be little hope for a Happy New Year. If your only wish for 2016 is to find relief from suffering, take heart: a holistic approach can help alleviate chronic pain. Sierra Tucson understands the mental anguish and isolation that accompany prolonged pain. We encourage... Read More

The Gift of Boundaries

Protecting one’s sobriety during the hectic holiday season For individuals who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, the holidays can be a tumultuous time when the stakes are high and their guard is low. Often, celebrations create high-risk situations and avoiding relapse triggers may be a challenge. Fortunately, there are ways to protect one’s greatest gift: sobriety. At Sierra Tucson, we understand the stress and anxiety associated with... Read More

The Gift of Joy

Managing Holiday Depression ‘Tis the season for parties, gatherings, and celebrations. But for many, it’s a time when stress, fatigue, and loneliness are at an all-time high. The festivities and events can exacerbate depression, making the holidays anything but happy. At Sierra Tucson, we understand the challenges that accompany this hectic time of year – especially for individuals who struggle with depressive disorders. We encourage patients and alumni of our... Read More

Maintaining Cultural Sensitivity in Residential Treatment

Cultural identity impacts the way in which an individual perceives the world around him or her. It shapes a person’s belief system, provides a sense of belonging, and influences the way he or she lives, speaks, acts, and thinks. As such, the behavioral health industry must not only recognize cultural differences and barriers, but also accommodate clients’ values and beliefs in order to provide quality care. Care That’s Personal At... Read More

The Gift of Self-Care

Eating Recovery During the Holidays The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the promise of celebrations, family traditions, and gift giving. For those who struggle with food, weight, or body-image issues, this time of year can also mean high levels of anxiety, overwhelming triggers, and enormous guilt. At Sierra Tucson, we encourage patients and alumni of our Eating Recovery Program to practice self-care during the holidays. When... Read More

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone: The Power of Experiential Therapy

By Christopher Craig, MA, MS A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. As part of the Therapeutic & Recreational Activities Program at Sierra Tucson, experiential therapy gives participants the opportunity to engage in new behaviors, take healthy risks, and gain insight into patterns that are preventing them from moving forward. This process is replicated in... Read More

Naturopathic Medicine: A Key Component to Recovery & Complete Wellness

Maureen Schwehr, NMD Naturopathic Physician A motto in naturopathic medicine is: We are doctors who listen. Marketing research concludes that patients often feel misunderstood, and therefore have difficulty trusting their health care providers. People desire the reassurance that their medical providers are really listening to them. Generally speaking, it takes 15 minutes for an individual to communicate his/her story and to feel he/she has had adequate time to be heard.... Read More

Pharmacogenomics: A Breakthrough in Psychiatry

By Michael V. Genovese, M.D., J.D. Chief Medical Officer With the advancement of medicine and the multitude of available options, psychiatrists face numerous challenges in tailoring the appropriate course of individualized treatment for patients. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how a person’s individual DNA affects his or her response to medications and a scientific method of evaluating which medications a patient is likely to tolerate. The primary role of pharmacogenomics... Read More