Author: The Staff at Sierra Tucson

A Note on the State of Managed Care

A Word from Our Director of Admissions: Rich Appert A recent admission to Sierra Tucson had me reflecting on our industry’s current interaction with commercial payers and managed care as a whole. While legislators and advocacy groups continue to trudge forward from a bureaucratic perspective (moderately successfully), it’s hard not to grow mildly disconcerted at the “one step forward, two steps back” nature of the relationship. The downward trend in... Read More

LGBTrauma: The Importance of Cultural Competency and Trauma-Informed Care

By David Cato, MSW, LMSW Primary Therapist, Trauma Recovery Program Growing up as an LGBTQ individual in Northeast Texas was difficult. When I began to question my orientation, there were no resources. I did not know any other LGBTQ individuals and no one else knew how to help me once I began to come out. It was very scary to be the only LGBTQ person I knew and not know... Read More

Trauma-Informed Care

Reducing one’s shame by using a non-pathologizing approach   By James Seymour, MD Director, Trauma Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson At Sierra Tucson, we provide what is referred to as Trauma-Informed Care for all of our residents. Trauma-Informed Care is the recognition by the treatment program and the clinical staff that a history of childhood trauma is very often associated with and underlies many of the challenges we see. This... Read More

Trauma Support Services for Our First Responders

In the wake of the recent tragedies and turmoil surrounding our nation’s men and women in blue, Sierra Tucson is partnering with Safe Call Now to help those affected by the police shootings. Post-traumatic stress (PTS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cause severe emotional distress, and symptoms often intensify over time. Our Trauma Recovery Team is ready and available to support the victims of these horrific events, as well as... Read More

Come to the Table: Sierra Tucson Family Dinner

By Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC Chief Operations Officer at Sierra Tucson “All great change […] begins at the dinner table.” -Ronald Reagan Eating together as a family creates an opportunity to bond and nourish not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. As Sierra Tucson becomes our residents’ temporary home, and their process group becomes like family, we have chosen Friday evenings as a time for... Read More

TMS: A Different Approach to Depression Treatment

By Michelle Chacon, RN TMS Coordinator at Sierra Tucson Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has arrived at Sierra Tucson, and in less than three months, has received tremendous feedback from our residents. TMS is an innovative treatment for depression that is safe, clinically proven, and non-pharmacological. For some, the idea of a non-drug, non-invasive depression treatment is radical. First cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008, TMS... Read More

Pain, Opiates, and the New CDC Guidelines

By Jerome Lerner, MD Director, Pain Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson On March 18, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for the use of opiates in treating non-cancer pain. The report points out that opiate-related deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Twenty percent of patients seeking medical care for a pain-related condition walk out of the physician’s office with a prescription for narcotics. In the... Read More

When Helpers Need Help

A partnership between Sierra Tucson and Safe Call Now addresses first responders and their need for professional support First responders are regularly exposed to traumatic events during the course of their career. Many of them, however, do not seek outside help and instead attempt to recover in isolation. Sierra Tucson is partnering with Safe Call Now®—a 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, emergency services personnel, and their... Read More

What Is A Recovery Coach?

Connect365 provides the support individuals need following residential treatment Recovery coaching is a term that describes the relationship between coaches and residents post-treatment. According to the Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), “Peer Recovery Support Coaches act as a recovery and empowerment catalyst: guiding the recovery process and supporting the individual’s recovery goals and decisions.” NAADAC also defines the relationship between coach and participant as a way to share lived experience... Read More

Eating Recovery: A Shift In Treatment

By Gayle Masterson, MD Director, Eating Recovery Program When it comes to eating disorders, traditional methods of treatment have placed a greater emphasis on the diagnosis and not the individual as a whole. At Sierra Tucson, our Eating Recovery Program is shifting its focus to include attachment issues; developmentally related, early life issues; and the significant ways in which these patterns of engagement in interpersonal relationships result in the development... Read More

Eating Disorders: All Shapes and Sizes

In today’s society, the pressure to look a certain way can be overwhelming. Societal pressures can cause it to be difficult to accept the body we are in, and lead to an unexpected eating disorder. Fortunately, there are new trends that support the idea of loving your body. For the first time in its history, Sports Illustrated put a “plus-size” model, Ashley Graham, on the cover of its 2016 Swimsuit... Read More

The First Valentine’s Day

By Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC Chief Operations Officer Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Holidays often provide us with an opportunity to celebrate with our families and friends, as well as practice our much-loved traditions. This year, I have been reflecting on those who struggle with a myriad of challenges that make enjoying the presence of Cupid, hearts and chocolates virtually impossible. Following are some likely “firsts” that... Read More

“Spotlight” on Trauma Recovery

A newly released film opens up important discussion about sexual abuse and trauma recovery The movie Spotlight is based on the true story of how a small team of investigative journalists from The Boston Globe exposed a decades-long conspiracy to cover up clergy child molestation. In 2001, the Globe’s “Spotlight Team” investigated abuse allegations in the Catholic Church. Their findings proved to be much more extensive than initially presumed, as... Read More

Experiential Therapy & Yoga

Walking the Walk, Beyond the Talk By Sunni Knowlton Therapeutic & Recreational Activities Facilitator & Yoga Specialist After many years of research and personal work delving into countless modalities of therapy and holistic healing, I’ve come to believe something: While talk therapy is extremely beneficial and therapeutic, integrating the body (physical sensation and awareness) with the mind and spirit produces astounding results in the physiological, psychological, and mental well-being of... Read More

Somatic Equine Therapy

By Liz Dampsey, MA, RSMT Equine-Assisted Psychotherapist Attempting to explain somatic/equine therapy to a friend, I found myself searching for the words to describe this predominantly non-verbal intervention. Thinking about the work I am blessed to do every day elicited a slew of sensations that originated in my heart area and moved throughout my system. My friend, who saw me groping for words, said, “Isn’t it somatic just to work... Read More