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The Worrier Gene

By Maureen Schwehr, NMD Director of Integrative Services Stress is ubiquitous in our society. How we respond to stress has a big impact on our physical and emotional wellbeing. Stress is almost always an initiating factor in a crisis. For years, I have suspected that some of us are genetically set up to have stress … Read More

The Need to Belong: Understanding Grief and Loss in Adoptees

By Kimberly Craig, MA Program Director, Sierra Tucson During the holidays, families recently came together to celebrate roots, heritage, and cultural traditions. But for some adoptees who do not have knowledge of their biological history, it can be a very difficult time that brings up many conflicting emotions. Honoring old traditions are important – they … Read More

Sierra Tucson and EAGALA: Making connection through horses

By Jessica Miceli, MAC, LSC, EAGALA Certified Professional On January 19-21, 2017, Sierra Tucson will host the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association’s (EAGALA) “Training the Trainers” workshop. Founded in 1999, EAGALA is a nonprofit organization that has set the global standard in offering a fully developed, professionally endorsed treatment model for mental health professionals … Read More

New Year’s Resolutions and Recovery

Embracing progress, not perfection The New Year is upon us! As we bid farewell to 2016 and welcome 2017 with open arms, it seems only natural to make a list of resolutions. But when lofty goals become set-ups for let-downs, it can lead to depression and self-doubt. At Sierra Tucson, we acknowledge the excitement that … Read More

Depression and the Holidays

Finding peace and joy from within Typical holiday messages suggest we should be filled with gladness and good cheer. Tidings of Joy. Peace on Earth. Happy New Year. Despite holiday buzzwords and societal expectations of how this time of year should look, not everyone feels so merry and bright. From financial woes and high hopes, to shorter … Read More

How to Enjoy the Holidays in Recovery

Below are some tips and words of encouragement from some of our alumni. Sierra Tucson Alumni Relations wishes you a healthy and happy holiday season. We Support You! “My recipe for success during the holiday season includes meetings, meetings, and more meetings—especially extra Al-Anon meetings. Additionally, by using prayer and meditation, I’m better able to … Read More

Music Therapy: Finding the Rhythm of Recovery

Did you know that incorporating music therapy into the treatment of addiction is beneficial to one’s recovery? It complements other treatment modalities used to help each individual. Music therapy can be active or passive; it can involve listening or singing. At Sierra Tucson, Family Therapist Michael Simpson, MSC, BCC, LAC, leads communal drumming circles. With the right … Read More

Eating Recovery and the Holidays

Minimizing Fear and Anxiety For individuals in eating recovery, the holiday season can stir up feelings of fear and anxiety. From Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, to holiday parties and Chanukah traditions, this time of year is when memories are made around calorie-laden meals. Often, fighting the urge to fall into old patterns and behaviors feels … Read More

A Healthy Food Attitude

How long has it been since you’ve taken a look at your relationship with food or the parameters around which you eat? Does this relationship matter to you? Why or why not? The answer to these questions can create such an opportunity for you. In a world full of “eat this, not that,” “super food,” … Read More

A Warm Welcome to the UK

Sierra Tucson regularly invites professionals from all over the world to meet our caring staff and see our beautiful campus. We were fortunate to host several guests from the United Kingdom in September. Brent Clark, BA (Hons), MSC, a therapeutic director in London, shares highlights from his recent visit. I first heard about Sierra Tucson … Read More