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What Does Quality Mean at Sierra Tucson?

By Sue Menzie, BSN, MS Director of Quality Improvement Usually the terms quality improvement, quality management, and performance improvement evoke some very interesting emotions and responses in the health care industry. For most of my health care career, the Quality Improvement Department was also the “Gotcha” Department. Basically, the department that was always negative and condemning, representing a challenge to … Read More

Psychodrama at Sierra Tucson

By Bill Coleman, LMSW, TEP Resident Psychodramatist Psychodrama at Sierra Tucson has a long history. It has been offered since the opening days in 1983 and long considered one of the most powerful forms of group therapy. Not easy to describe, psychodrama can be classified as experiential therapy. It is essentially role-playing, where disturbing and … Read More

Resident Satisfaction and the Survey Says?

By Richard M. Walko, PhD Quality Management Coordinator Surveys say a lot actually. Because of our strong commitment to resident satisfaction, Sierra Tucson conducts a lot of surveys. Years ago, each resident was offered one general satisfaction survey to fill out right before completing his or her stay. Today, with an eye toward knowing, in … 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

Identifying, Screening and Treating Depression

By Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MSN Director of Medical Operations, Sierra Tucson October marks two days dedicated to highlighting depression and the potentially devastating effects of the loss of a pregnancy or child. National Depression Screening Day, on October 6, is devoted to educating the public on stigma reduction and improvement of access to treatment for … Read More

Individualized Treatment for Professionals

By Michael Genovese, MD, JD Chief Medical Officer, Sierra Tucson At Sierra Tucson, we recognize that our residents share much in common, but that we must also be mindful of the stressors and circumstances facing each individual. Men and women who are in high-pressure professions may be the first to offer help to others but … Read More

The End of Chronic Pain

By Jerome Lerner, MD I understand that it’s a bold idea to declare the end of chronic pain. I have worked in the field of pain management for 30 years, most recently as the director of the Pain Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson. I have literally helped thousands of people suffering from seemingly endless pain … 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

Family Matters: How Family Week Supports Lasting Change

By Michael G. Simpson, MSC, LAC Family Therapist at Sierra Tucson Sierra Tucson has been conducting Family Week with its residents and their families since its inception over 32 years ago. Both alumni and referents alike have been effusive in their praise through the decades for the transformations that occur within families and individuals who … Read More

Changing the Shape of Eating Recovery

Integrative models to support a healthy lifestyle  By Scott Frazier, MSC  Eating Recovery Program Manager at Sierra Tucson When residents struggle with their identity, they inevitably struggle with attachment. This leads to a craving for attaching to others and may create a loss of attachment to self. One can easily be imprisoned in the early … Read More