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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

The Need to Belong: Understanding Grief and Loss in Adoptees

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

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 help to create family bonds that provide an individual with a sense of belonging and connection. However, they also can accentuate the relational dysfunction for an adoptee, creating some anxiety upon entering the New Year.

The lack of knowledge about personal biology and heredity is referred to as Genealogical Bewilderment, which was a theory utilized by H.J. Sants in the 1960s to help explain the confusion adoptees can experience concerning their origins. The desire to know more about one’s personal history is completely normal and natural, but for the adoptee, it can create a complex paradigm or a double bind that makes it difficult to process feelings and be authentic. An adoptee who does experience a sense of loss resulting from his or her adoption may feel extreme guilt for having these feelings, which can lead to an attempt to hide them. The adoptee also can have a great fear of being perceived as ungrateful to his or her adopted parents, which brings up a greater fear of abandonment. Many adoptees may attempt to conceal these feelings to avoid hurting or betraying their adopted parents.

There are simple ways in which therapists and family members can support an adoptee during this time and help to shape his or her identity:

  1. Ask and encourage the adoptee to talk about his or her feelings: Many adoptees have a desire to talk to someone, but refrain from doing so due to fear of abandonment, which will prevent them from being honest and open about their feelings. Be patient and encourage them to process their feelings related to not knowing.
  2. Normalize feelings: Let the adoptee know that it is normal to have conflicting emotions such as guilt, sadness, and even anger about the loss that can occur with adoption.
  3. Create new rituals: By creating new rituals throughout the year – including holidays, the New Year, and birthday celebrations – it helps to build connection and provide the adoptee with a sense of acceptance and belonging.

It is natural for some adoptees to find times of family gatherings difficult, as they reflect on their personal history that began with adoption and the loss of an ancestral connection. This can result in feelings of rejection, grief, and sadness related to losing their own biological and cultural histories. This is a time for sincere understanding as adoptees continue their journey toward healing, integrating, and enjoying the ultimate feeling of triumph.

For more information about Sierra Tucson’s comprehensive residential programs, please call our Admissions Coordinators at (800) 842-4487 .