Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Program provides comprehensive treatment for males or females (18 years and over) who suffer from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, and related conditions.
Our treatment integrates evidenced-based practices with integrative therapies that together heal the body, mind, and spirit in a naturally, tranquil setting with round-the-clock medical and clinical care. Care at Sierra Tucson is provided in an atmosphere of dignity, respect, and cultural sensitivity.
At Sierra Tucson, your multidisciplinary treatment team will include an attending physician, primary therapist, family therapist, continuing care coordinator, psychologists, therapeutic activity & fitness specialists, licensed integrative therapy practitioners, and naturopathic physicians who address the physiological as well as the psychological effects of eating disorders.
Among the many benefits of treatment at Sierra Tucson is the significant number of nurses and doctors (including a naturopathic physician) who are full-time staff members.
Important Note: Sierra Tucson residents benefit from our wide range of medical and clinical services that address the eating disorder and simultaneously treat co-occurring conditions such as depression, trauma, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, or addiction. However, unlike many residential programs, Sierra Tucson does not require a primary or co-occurring diagnosis of addiction in order to be admitted for eating disorder treatment.
While we are prepared to identify and address all co-occurring conditions, the presence of addiction or any other disorder is not a prerequisite for healing with us.
Treating Body, Mind, & Spirit
Our treatment model is based upon the understanding that we all exist as mind, body, and spirit. Because all Sierra Tucson programs are designed to treat the whole person, residents learn to understand underlying causes of emotional and behavioral disorders and recognize how to avoid subsequent addictions and dependencies during the recovery process. This prepares residents for the challenge of staying healthy once treatment ends.
Breaking Through Denial
Our treatment model has a strong therapy focus on experiential work, shame reduction, understanding the basic disease concept, and recovery. Residents are assisted in developing a balanced fitness regimen. The program assists individuals in breaking through denial while experiencing unconditional acceptance and guidance.
The goals of the Eating Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson are to educate residents, provide meaningful treatment experiences, and allow for integration of treatment effects. These goals are achieved by incorporating the following principles in all aspects of treatment:
- Provision of skills and resources to replace current unhealthy personal coping mechanisms
- Encouragement of autonomy in relationship to food and recovery for eating disorders
- Promotion of healthy lifestyle, including healthy body image
- The overall goal of the Eating Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson is to facilitate the resident’s first steps on the long road to recovery, restoring each person to wholeness and good health of body, mind, and spirit.
The menu at Sierra Tucson strives to incorporate the latest medical and nutritional recommendations for our eating disorder population. The meals include a balance of low-fat, low-sodium, moderate-protein, and complex carbohydrate foods. Residents are encouraged to learn to enjoy the natural flavor of nutritiously prepared foods without adding artificial flavorings and sweeteners.
Personalized and Structured Meal Plans
All of the eating disorder residents are provided with a personalized, structured meal plan to assist in learning healthy and balanced eating behaviors. Sierra Tucson’s meals are based on the American Diabetes Association Exchange Lists. Residents are taken to a restaurant to apply their new knowledge and skills in a practical setting.
Sugar is used in the preparation of some foods and desserts, as not all individuals with eating disorders need to avoid sugar. Residents work closely with the dietitian to determine if abstinence from sugar needs to be part of their discharge plan. Desserts are served in small amounts on an occasional basis. This allows residents to enjoy dessert in a safe, monitored environment that minimizes any binge eating.
Fitness: The treatment for eating disorders recovery program
The treatment for eating disorders program helps each resident develop a healthy relationship with exercise that is nourishing to the body. Residents work both individually and in group settings with a fitness specialist to develop a program that will meet their fitness goals within appropriate exercise boundaries. This personal approach leads residents through their fears, misconceptions, and unhealthy behaviors toward exercise.
Our facility includes a walking trail; swimming pool; and basketball, pickleball, and volleyball courts. A modern gym contains treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair masters, elliptical machines, weight machines, and free weights.
During an initial consultation, the resident’s current relationship with exercise is explored, and a goal is established to define how the resident would like this relationship to develop. Residents have an individualized exercise program that may include strength training, flexibility, yoga, and water exercise. Eating disorder residents receive valuable instruction from our qualified and knowledgeable fitness staff to enable them to develop healthy exercise behaviors.
Residents receive education on exercise physiology to help them better understand conflicting information presented in magazines and the media.
Therapies & Services
Sierra Tucson’s multidisciplinary treatment team works with each resident to look at all aspects of his/her eating disorder. Treatment is research-informed and supported by an integrated system of evidenced based practices and integrative therapies for the emotional, physical, and spiritual healing of individuals and families.
Residents benefit from our wide range of medical and clinical services that address the eating disorder and simultaneously treat co-occurring conditions such as depression, trauma, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, or addiction. A few of the treatment interventions available include:
- Full-time medical and nursing care
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Somatic Experiencing®
- Biofeedback, neuro feedback, and mindfulness to teach relaxation and skills for coping with stress