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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Need to Belong: Understanding Grief and Loss in Adoptees

By Kimberly Craig, MA Program Director, Sierra Tucson During the holidays, families recently came together to celebrate roots, heritage, and cultural traditions. But for some adoptees who do not have knowledge of their biological history, it can be a very difficult time that brings up many conflicting emotions. Honoring old traditions are important – they help to create family bonds that provide an individual with a sense of belonging and... 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

A Warm Welcome to the UK

Sierra Tucson regularly invites professionals from all over the world to meet our caring staff and see our beautiful campus. We were fortunate to host several guests from the United Kingdom in September. Brent Clark, BA (Hons), MSC, a therapeutic director in London, shares highlights from his recent visit. I first heard about Sierra Tucson eight years ago when studying for my master’s degree in addiction psychology and counselling. Max... Read More