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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Tips for Navigating Drinking Pressures During the Holidays

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This time of year can be especially difficult for recovering alcoholics and addicts who may become triggered by the overwhelming emotions brought on by the season. Between anxiety-provoking family dynamics, challenging in-laws, and pressure to attend social gatherings, the holidays can be stressful.

Studies show that depression, drunk-driving accidents, suicide, and even domestic violence increase from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Many of these instances are linked to alcohol and drug abuse – from individuals who are using substances to cope with holiday stress.

Fortunately for recovering alcoholics and addicts, there are several ‘tools’ to survive the season in a healthy, recovery-friendly way. Here are some helpful tips on avoiding temptations at holiday parties, staying on track during holiday travels, and enjoying all that the season has to offer.

Attending Holiday Parties

  • Have an escape plan  Arrive to a holiday event in your own vehicle, which will allow you to leave immediately if you’re feeling uncomfortable.
  • Beware of food/drinks that may contain alcohol  Even a trace of alcohol can trigger cravings. Watch out for holiday favorites such as eggnog and rum cake.
  • Manage your own drinks – Bring your own beverage and make sure to fill your own cup, so there is no pressure to accept a drink that someone innocently offers you.
  • Choose your events wisely – If negative influences are going to be in attendance or the party is held in an environment that might trigger unpleasant memories, it’s best to avoid the event altogether.
  • Have a response ready – Even if you decline an alcoholic beverage, there’s a chance someone will be persistent. You can simply state that you are committed to a healthier lifestyle.

Traveling During the Holidays

  •  Attend sobriety meetings and support groups – There are meetings and groups in many parts of the world, making it easier to stay the course and connect with others in recovery.
  • Have a sober friend “on call” – Make sure you have someone with whom you can communicate who understands your struggles and can talk you through a tempting situation.
  • Take care of yourself – Make sure you get plenty of rest, appropriate exercise, and proper nutrition.
  • Plan healthy activities – Take the reins and plan an activity where you will feel empowered—one that is not centered on drinking.
  • Be honest – It’s OK to let family and friends know you need a timeout. Use the quality time spent with loved ones during the holidays to tell them you are struggling, and talk with them about how they can best support you.

It’s important to reinforce your sobriety goals regularly. Acknowledge your triggers and refresh your recovery toolbox. Remind yourself about how good it feels to wake up clean and sober, and how far you have come.

Sierra Tucson’s Addiction Recovery Program combines integrative and experiential therapies with evidence-based practices to provide a full range of treatment methods. If you or a loved one is struggling, call our Admissions Coordinators at (800) 842-4487.