While the consumption of alcohol is a common occurrence in today’s society, there are those that drink alcohol to an extent and for reasons that signify an addiction to wine, beer, and/or spirits. Men and women addicted to alcohol are known to have a tolerance for larger amounts of alcohol, drink despite consequences that occur as a result of their drinking, and even consume such beverages during hazardous situations, such as while driving. Independently overcoming an addiction of this type is often ripe with obstacles and those entrenched in an addiction to alcohol are likely to experience a number of physical and mental health detriments as a result. Sierra Tucson, a leading provider of chemical dependency treatment that supplies additional care for co-occurring mental health conditions, recognizes the strife that occurs in the lives of those battling an alcohol addiction and is pleased to offer the life-saving care that has helped countless adults regain control of their lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Concerned loved ones of a person grappling with an addiction to alcohol are often consumed with worry as they watch someone they care about spiral out of control as his or her drinking becomes the center of his or her world. You, as a close friend or family member, may wonder what can be done to help this individual realized the harm caused by his or her addiction and get the treatment he or she needs. Consider the following suggestions for helping a loved one or family member get treatment:
- Learn about the disease of addiction. Oftentimes, an individual with an alcohol problem views the world and in a different manner when compared to those without such a concern. By educating yourself about the mindset of an addict and what substances, such as alcohol, can do to the body, you will be arming yourself with information that can shed light on what your loved one is going through.
- Discuss your concerns with your loved one and convey the need for treatment.
- Expect initial resistance from your loved one with regards to treatment, yet remain calm and be willing to hear his or her concerns.
- Offer to assist your loved one in seeking treatment that will meet his or her needs.
- When researching treatment options, it is best to consider those that care for an individual’s mind, body, and spirit, as this type of treatment has proven effectiveness in helping those with an addiction achieve and maintain lasting recovery and sobriety.
- Once a treatment provider is selected, offer to attend any assessments that may be needed prior to admission.
Finally, it is a good idea to be part of your loved one’s care. Not only is this a great way to show your support, but you can learn what your loved one is learning in terms of helpful methods for remaining sober and tips for resisting urges to drink in the future.
Why Consider Treatment at Sierra Tucson
The long-term abuse of alcohol can bring about a number of detrimental effects in an addict’s life. For many who abuse alcohol, there is often increased interaction with law enforcement as a result of becoming aggressive while under the influence or driving under the influence of alcohol. Interpersonal relationships are also known to suffer as alcohol abuse can elicit conflict with loved ones and eventually lead to the deterioration of such relationships. With regards to an individual’s physical health, the overconsumption of alcohol can permanently damage organs, cause disease, and render a person more vulnerable to certain types of cancer. Furthermore, an addiction to alcohol increases a person’s chances for overdose and death as a result of overdose if treatment is not sought. Pertaining to one’s mental health, any existing mental health symptoms can worsen over time and new psychiatric conditions can manifest if effective treatment is not implemented. By seeking care for an addiction to substances, such as alcohol, the previously mentioned consequences can be avoided and those who abuse alcohol can come to realize a life that is productive and meaningful.
Types of Treatment Offered at Sierra Tucson
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, Sierra Tucson is pleased to offer superior care for a wide range of concerns that are known to plague men and women. With evidence-based practices that are rooted within the integrative therapies that we offer, Sierra Tucson prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating chemical dependency concerns, such as an addiction to alcohol, as well as co-occurring disorders. Holistic and individualized treatment is cornerstone to the care offered at Sierra Tucson, and the staff of qualified and experienced professionals administers care by utilizing a dynamic approach to treating patients. It is the ambition of Sierra Tucson to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will be able to transcend the challenges of the past and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive future.
Sierra Tucson includes Desert Flower Hospital, a 15-bed psychiatric hospital, and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center, both of which are situated on the same campus. Patients who require immediate stabilization due to the presence of psychiatric concerns or those who are in need of medical detoxification services can receive these interventions at Desert Flower prior to engaging in Sierra Tucson’s residential care. When patients present to Sierra Tucson with alcohol in their systems, the first step in their treatment will be to undergo the medical detox services offered at Desert Flower Hospital so that their bodies can become rid of the toxic substance. This period of detoxification is monitored by medical personnel in order to ensure that individuals remain safe and as comfortable as possible during the process. Patients will also engage in a number of therapeutic interventions during their time in Desert Flower. Following detox and completion of programming at our hospital, patients will then engage in comprehensive treatment at Sierra Tucson’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Treatment for substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of alcohol, is delivered through Sierra Tucson’s Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program. Offered within our behavioral health residential treatment center, services supplied in this program are designed to elicit the most favorable outcomes for all patients. Our reputation as a leading drug addiction rehabilitation treatment center stems from our clinical excellence and the compassionate care that we afford to everyone who seeks our services. Our holistic approach to treatment respects the dignity of each individual while offering a therapeutic environment that is fully conducive to healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Treatment focuses on addressing each patient’s presenting problems, as well as underlying issues that exacerbate his or her struggles. It is our belief that, as patients gain new communication skills and learn to build healthy relationships, they can make sound decisions for a healthy quality of life and form deeper connections with others.
Using a biopsychosocial and spiritual approach to care, patients engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder program can partake in the following treatment methods, of which are outlined in each patient’s individualized treatment plan, as well as in Sierra Tucson’s daily treatment schedules:
Medication management: When individuals are struggling with the presence of a co-occurring disorder in addition to their addiction to alcohol, the implementation of psychotropic medications may be incorporated into their overall plan of care. The need for such medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients who are engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program will have the opportunity to meet with either a psychiatrist or qualified physician at a minimum of once per week so that any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored for therapeutic effectiveness and any necessary changes can be made.
Individual therapy: Master’s level clinicians and/or licensed psychologists offer individual therapy sessions with patients several times per week depending upon the treatment modality that is being used. All patients are guaranteed, however, that a minimum of one individual session will take place each week. Each patient’s therapist will be assigned to him or her depending upon the identified presenting concerns, the therapeutic approach that will be used in order to effectively address those concerns, and the specific training that the therapist possesses. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting where the patient is afforded the opportunity to discuss his or her progress in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and process through various feelings that he or she is experiencing.
Group therapy: At the time that patients are admitted into the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program, they are assigned to a small group of peers, of whom are engaged in the same program. This group will meet together for therapy sessions four times per week. In addition to serving as a general process group, topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
- Didactic lectures
- Working through grief and loss
- Identifying feelings of shame in order to move to a place of resilience
- Relapse prevention
- Healing anxiety
- Anger management
Four Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of patients, Sierra Tucson includes the Four Day Family program for family members and other close identified loved ones of patients. This program typically occurs during a patient’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psychoeducational lectures, process groups, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a patient’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic Recreational Activities Program: In order to help patients build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome their addiction to alcohol, this program offers patients a myriad of therapeutic activities, of which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis. A patient’s participation in such activities will be outlined in his or her treatment plan and may include the following:
- Equine therapy
- Expressive art
- Adventure therapy (including a ropes course and rock wall)
Additional services: In order to fully care for the needs of those who are working through an addiction to alcohol and any co-occurring conditions, Sierra Tucson is proud to offer a number of additional services through an innovative approach to treatment. Special time is set aside for selected individual appointments which will be outlined in one’s treatment plan in order to address individualized needs. Such services may include, but are not limited to:
- Personal training
- Psychological testing
- Somato-emotional response massage (SER massage)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) SE (Somatic Experiencing) therapies are offered when deemed necessary based upon an assessment conducted by a psychiatrist
- Mindfulness meditation
Furthermore, patients engaged in the care delivered through the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program will be provided with educational lectures and will participate in 12-step meetings. Each day will end on a positive note by allowing patients to gather together and reflect through a Gifts and Blessings Ceremony.
Should a patient require stabilization services while engaged in Sierra Tucson’s residential programming, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower Hospital before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each patient’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Sierra Tucson’s method for providing all-encompassing care for every patient who comes for treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second-to-none. Once a patient engages in services to treat an addiction to alcohol and co-occurring concerns at Sierra Tucson, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that they can remain successful once treatment is complete. Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower Hospital meet with continued care staff to assess each individual’s needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential programming at Sierra Tucson meet with the same continued care staff and regional outreach specialists and partake in lectures and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once they have been discharged.
Furthermore, patients exiting the residential programming, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This program includes 12-month-long case management services that are in place to offer ongoing and substantial support to former patients. A representative from this program contacts patients 48 hours after they are discharged and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and receiving the additional services they need in order to remain successful in the process of healing and recovery.
Lastly, former patients can take part in the Alumni Services affiliated with Sierra Tucson. These services include groups offered through outpatient centers, of which are located across the United States.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the superior care that has improved the lives of many individuals who have struggled with chemical dependency and co-occurring conditions, look no further than Sierra Tucson. The life you have envisioned can begin here.