Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra Tucson to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sierra Tucson.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Eating Recovery: A Shift In Treatment

Sierra Tucson – Ranked #1 in Newsweek’s list of Best Addiction Treatment Centers in Arizona for 2020!

By Gayle Masterson, MD
Director, Eating Recovery Program

When it comes to eating disorders, traditional methods of treatment have placed a greater emphasis on the diagnosis and not the individual as a whole. At Sierra Tucson, our Eating Recovery Program is shifting its focus to include attachment issues; developmentally related, early life issues; and the significant ways in which these patterns of engagement in interpersonal relationships result in the development or manifestation of eating disorders and subsequently have a substantial impact on the recovery process.

Our bodies function as a system. Rather than focusing primarily on the food (i.e., meal plan, nutrition, eating behaviors, portion sizes), we take into consideration all parts of the system. Sierra Tucson’s holistic approach to wellness and mind-body-spirit healing includes an in-depth look at an individual’s relationships, relationship patterns, and the means by which he or she may have previously utilized these patterns to manage or cope with stress, distress, and trauma, both overt and covert. Whereas these behaviors were initially helpful at managing feelings, eventually these “coping skills,” which have manifested in maladaptive eating behaviors, no longer serve the individual and begin causing more distress, compromised functionality, and suffering.

Ultimately, for nearly all human beings, our initial, early life relationships are formed with primary caregivers, and there is a biologic necessity for the focus to be on survival. It follows naturally that our first relationships in life involve the act of feeding, and all of the behaviors and interpersonal interactions that serve to facilitate being fed. Looking more closely at the dynamics of these interpersonal interactions and the ways in which we (consciously or not) learned to adapt in order to ensure survival (being fed), allows the opportunity to better understand the metaphorical, symbolic, and often practical role of food and feeding in an individual’s life.

When any human being gets to a point that adaptive behaviors become maladaptive, and enough distress is experienced, there is a beautiful opportunity to intervene. In the process of this intervention, it is possible to help alleviate suffering, improve insight, and assist the individual with an understanding of self, which will help to facilitate a shift toward improved health—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Only when an individual is able to understand fully the ways in which maladaptive behaviors are no longer serving him or her and, in fact, causing a great deal of distress and suffering; and only when the individual is given the opportunity to feel as though he or she can choose different behaviors, does true change occur. At that point, the individual can consciously make different choices, shift away from maladaptive behaviors, and have gratitude for how those behaviors served him or her in the past. He or she can begin to process and grieve the loss of these familiar, previously helpful behaviors and thought patterns, and replace them with more adaptive, healthy, self-fulfilling behaviors.

Overall, while the symptoms and the behavior involves food, the core issues are about feeding, being fed, survival, and how these are all fundamentally related to relationships and attachment patterns in relationships. The focus of eating recovery shifts from calories, grams of carbohydrates, portion sizes, etc., to a genuine understanding of the dynamics behind what drives the choices and behaviors, and what can be chosen in place of those behaviors that encourages self-care, self-love, compassion, healthy and gratifying relationships, and ultimately a reduction in suffering.

For more information on Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Program, call our Admissions Coordinators today at (800) 842-4487.