Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Services provide comprehensive treatment for individuals (18 years and over) struggling with disordered eating as a co-occurring condition. It is extremely rare for an eating disorder to exist in isolation. More frequently it exists in tandem with one or multiple other disorders. Residents receiving our Eating Recovery Services benefit from our wide range of medical and clinical services that address disordered eating and simultaneously treat primary diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, or addiction.
Our treatment incorporates evidenced-based practices with integrative therapies that heal the body, mind, and spirit in a natural, serene setting with extensive medical and clinical care. Residents at Sierra Tucson can expect 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.
At Sierra Tucson, each resident’s multidisciplinary treatment team includes an attending physician, primary therapist, family therapist, continuing care coordinator, recovery coach, psychologists, therapeutic activity and fitness specialists, licensed integrative therapy practitioners, and naturopathic physicians, all of whom work together to address the physiological and psychological effects of disordered eating. Among the many benefits of treatment at Sierra Tucson is the significant number of nurses and doctors (including naturopathic physicians) who are full-time staff members.
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. Our Eating Recovery Services assist individuals in breaking through denial while experiencing unconditional acceptance and guidance.
Goals and Objectives
The goals and objectives of Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Services 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 disordered eating
- Promotion of healthy lifestyle, including healthy body image
- Guiding residents on the road to recovery, restoring them to wholeness and good health of body, mind, and spirit.
The menu at Sierra Tucson focuses on incorporating the latest medical and nutritional recommendations for residents receiving our Eating Recovery Services. 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
Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Services include a personalized, structured meal plan to assist in learning healthy and balanced eating behaviors. Our meals are based on the American Diabetes Association Exchange Lists. Residents enjoy restaurant outings 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 struggling with disordered eating need to avoid sugar. Residents work closely with a 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.
The Eating Recovery Services at Sierra Tucson help 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 state-of-the-art facility includes a walking trail; swimming pool; and basketball, pickleball, and volleyball courts. A modern gym contains treadmills, stationary bicycles, StairMaster®, 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. Additionally, they receive valuable instruction from our qualified and knowledgeable fitness staff members 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 and Services
Sierra Tucson’s multidisciplinary treatment team works with each resident to look at all aspects of his or her disordered eating patterns. 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 maladaptive feeding-related behaviors while simultaneously treating primary diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, and 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® (SE)
- Bio/neurofeedback and mindfulness to teach relaxation and skills for coping with stress
Eating Recovery Components
- Nutrition (Body)
- Complete physical exam
- Weekly appointment with medical provider
- Consult performed by registered dietitian to establish needs
- Guided meal planning and meal support
- Shopping and cooking instruction in demonstration kitchen
- Daily weigh-ins
- Intuitive eating groups
- 24-hour nursing care
- Exercise (Body)
- Consult performed by personal trainer
- ED yoga
- Physical therapy
- Psychological (Mind and Spirit)
- Psychiatric evaluation
- Process group
- 1:1 therapy
- After meal psycho-educational groups
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Somatic Experiencing (SE)
- Equine therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Book study “Daughter’s Addicted”
- TED Talks
- Expressive art therapy
- Spiritual consultation
- Grief group
- Integrative Services (Body and Mind)
- Psychological testing
- Trauma-informed lectures
- Genetic testing for medication management
- Outings (Body and Mind)
- Coffee shop
- Nature hikes