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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

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

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

Residential Therapists: Providing Comfort and Care During the Holidays

By Gabrielle Shoun, MS, LASAC Manager of Residential Therapists at Sierra Tucson Taking that first step through the doors of a treatment center is often one of the most overwhelming experiences a person can endure, particularly during the holiday season. So many unknowns consume the minds of all those involved. “What kind of support will … Read More

Residential Accountability and Safety Coaches Create a Safe Environment

By Scott Frazier, MSC Program Manager As pioneers in integrative treatment, Sierra Tucson created a new role – Residential Accountability and Safety Coach (RASC) – to bridge the gap between safety and assisting a resident to maintain his or her own level of accountability. Understanding the complex needs of an individual in crisis is vast … Read More

A New Path to Healing: Refuge Recovery

By Sandra Guilfoyle, MS, LPC, NCC Primary Therapist Over the last nine years working with clients with substance use issues, I kept hearing over and over, “I don’t like the 12 Steps. I don’t have a Higher Power, it doesn’t make sense.” Once a client made up his or her mind that he or she … Read More

Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

By Kimberly Peters, MSSW, LCSW DBT Therapist, Sierra Tucson I still remember my first encounter with someone living with borderline personality disorder; I was in graduate school working as part of an assessment team for a closed psychiatric unit. As we were about to walk in to meet with the patient, my mentor looked at … Read More

The TPS Role: Your Treatment Guide

By Andrew Suma, MA, LPC Director of Business Development, Acadia Healthcare – Recovery Division In a recent edition of Sierra Tucson’s Progress newsletter, Marina Rodina, director of business development for the Western region of the Treatment Placement Specialist (TPS) team for Acadia Healthcare – Recovery Division, provided an in-depth exploration of what it is like to work … Read More

Is Logic Compatible with Recovery?

By Victor P. Gilbert, MSW, LISAC Primary Therapist, Sierra Tucson The views expressed herein are derived from observations of persons in my groups during the course of my career as a therapist. When possible, I have attempted to reconcile these observations with known long-term outcomes. Early on in my profession, there was an individual in … Read More