Archive: December 2016

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