Category: Addiction Recovery

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

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

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

Tips for Navigating Drinking Pressures During the Holidays

This time of year can be especially difficult for recovering alcoholics and addicts who may become triggered by the overwhelming emotions brought on by the season. Between anxiety-provoking family dynamics, challenging in-laws, and pressure to attend social gatherings, the holidays can be stressful. Studies show that depression, drunk-driving accidents, suicide, and even domestic violence increase … Read More

Healthy Social Media Tips

On January 27, 2017, Sierra Tucson Chief Operations Officer Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP, was featured on News 4 Tucson – KVOA, weighing in on the harmful effects of social media addiction. Compulsive behavior such as checking one’s news feed several times per day, or comparing oneself to the ‘perfect’ life of his or … Read More

4 Tips for Managing Prescription Medicine in Recovery

Are you anxious about undergoing a medical procedure while in addiction recovery? Are you hesitant to take prescription medications for fear of relapsing? These dilemmas pose unique sobriety challenges for those in both early and long-term recovery. With a little planning and a proactive approach to post-operative care, the following tips from Jerome Lerner, MD, … Read More

Sierra Tucson Is ‘On the Air’ with That Sober Guy Radio

Sierra Tucson is proud to have been a part of the 2016 Innovations in Behavioral Healthcare conference in Nashville, Tennessee, presented by Foundations Events. The goal of this annual conference is to “powerfully impact the sustainable health of your organization, your career and most importantly, your patients.” This year, Foundations Events joined forces with That Sober … Read More

The First Valentine’s Day

By Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC Chief Operations Officer Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Holidays often provide us with an opportunity to celebrate with our families and friends, as well as practice our much-loved traditions. This year, I have been reflecting on those who struggle with a myriad of challenges that make enjoying … Read More

The Gift of Boundaries

Protecting one’s sobriety during the hectic holiday season For individuals who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, the holidays can be a tumultuous time when the stakes are high and their guard is low. Often, celebrations create high-risk situations and avoiding relapse triggers may be a challenge. Fortunately, there are ways to protect one’s greatest gift: … Read More