Author: The Staff at Sierra Tucson

The Opioid Epidemic: Prevention, Recognition & Treatment

By Teresa L. Jackson, MD Director of Addiction Recovery 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 died from... Read More

Ready for Change: How the Admissions Team Supports Referring Professionals

By Blake Master Director of Admissions With direct efforts from behavioral health professionals who refer to Sierra Tucson, over 1,600 lives were touched in 2017. That’s 1,600 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 joining... Read More

Miracles All Around

By Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP Chief Executive Officer Happy New Year from beautiful and sunny Tucson, Arizona! As I reflect on the past 365 days, it is humbling to consider that we have helped more than 1,600 individuals find hope and healing. Prior to Sierra Tucson, each of those individuals were cared for by at least three people, conservatively speaking, who likely breathed a huge sigh of relief... Read More

Residential Therapists: Providing Comfort and Care During the Holidays

By Gabrielle Shoun, MS, LASAC Manager of Residential Therapists at Sierra Tucson Taking that first step through the doors of a treatment center is often one of the most overwhelming experiences a person can endure, particularly during the holiday season. So many unknowns consume the minds of all those involved. “What kind of support will I have?” “How will I cope with being away from home?” “What will my loved... Read More

Tips for Navigating Drinking Pressures During the Holidays

This time of year can be especially difficult for recovering alcoholics and addicts who may become triggered by the overwhelming emotions brought on by the season. Between anxiety-provoking family dynamics, challenging in-laws, and pressure to attend social gatherings, the holidays can be stressful. Studies show that depression, drunk-driving accidents, suicide, and even domestic violence increase from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Many of these instances are linked to alcohol and... Read More

Talk About Your Medicines Month

What do Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, and Chris Farley have in common? They were celebrities whose lives suddenly ended from drug overdose. Sadly, all three tragedies were directly linked to abuse of prescription medications. While the abuse of many illicit schedule controlled substances has steadily declined in the general population, the misuse of opioids (substances found in almost every prescription pain reliever) has increased drastically. According to the United... Read More

Addressing an Unmet Need in Depression

By Michelle Chacon, RN Certified TMS Clinical Operator, Sierra Tucson Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental conditions in the world, affecting millions of individuals. It is estimated that approximately 4 million patients do not benefit from standard treatments for depression, even after repeated treatment attempts. In the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) – the largest collaborative study to date on depression treatment and... Read More

Residential Accountability and Safety Coaches Create a Safe Environment

By Scott Frazier, MSC Program Manager As pioneers in integrative treatment, Sierra Tucson created a new role – Residential Accountability and Safety Coach (RASC) – to bridge the gap between safety and assisting a resident to maintain his or her own level of accountability. Understanding the complex needs of an individual in crisis is vast and residents that come to treatment have various levels of differences, which may include engaging... 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