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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 … Read More

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Healing Through Horses

By Liz Dampsey, PhD, SEP Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program The field of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) has seen rapid growth over the last decade. Research in the field has been increasing substantially in terms of qualitative and quantitative studies that point to its therapeutic efficacy. Evidence suggests that EAP can improve self-awareness, self-efficacy (the belief … Read More

The Importance of Nutritional Therapy for Addiction Recovery

By Rachel Reid, RD Seventy four percent of individuals with substance use disorder also suffer from nutritional deficiencies or malnutrition.1 Adequate nutrition and hydration are vital to substance use treatment for restoring physical well-being and mental health and for promoting long-term recovery. Individualized nutrition education and counseling provided by a registered dietitian during substance use treatment has been … Read More

Celebrating Every Body: The Body Positive Movement in Action

In today’s world of Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Pinterest, photos of near-perfect bodies and flawless faces flood the social media scene. While many celebs and citizens alike are promoting a new approach to beauty known as the body positive movement, it’s easy to fall into the toxic trap of comparing ourselves to others. The good … Read More

Empowering Residents to Find (and Speak) Their Truth

The Patient Advocates help foster healthy recovery behaviors At Sierra Tucson, the Patient Advocates serve as the liaison between residents and staff. Patient Advocates communicate resident concerns to appropriate staff members. The team, consisting of one male and one female Patient Advocate, is open seven days a week to reinforce an environment that is focused … Read More

Revealing the Reality of Perinatal Women and Substance Use

By Valerie M. Kading, DNP, PMHNP-BC Chief Medical Operations Officer Women of childbearing years represent approximately 1 out of every 4 individuals globally. In 2015, 1.6 billion women aged 15 to 44 years represented approximately 45% of the total female population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015). The number of women of childbearing years has been projected … Read More

A Physical Approach to Pain Treatment

By Anthony Henderson, DPT Doctor of Physical Therapy Physical therapy is designed not only to treat physical limitations, but also to ensure improved pain over a longer period of time, overall functional mobility with a high success rate for treatment, and a 72-percent reduction in the medical cost of treatment within the first year. However, … Read More

The Opioid Epidemic: Prevention, Recognition & Treatment

By Teresa L. Jackson, MD Director of Addiction Recovery Program Prince, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Belushi, River Phoenix, Janis Joplin…the list goes on and on. It’s shocking to hear when a famous rock star or actor has died of a drug overdose. What’s more disturbing… 91 people … 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 … Read More