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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Music Therapy: Finding the Rhythm of Recovery

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

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 rhythm and a new perspective on regaining harmony, music therapy can help open your mind to a different kind of intervention.

According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), the definition of music therapy is the “clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” Music therapy is also considered a creative approach that helps with expression. Music shares neural circuits with speech. By listening or singing aloud to music, we tap into neural circuits that assist with expression. Frequently recognizing and communicating emotions can often be difficult for people struggling with addiction.

Music therapy can be helpful across many strata of addictions, including substance dependence or process addiction(s). Sierra Tucson alumnus Paul N. shares his insight on the positive effects of music therapy:

“Music serves as a great form of communication and a different way to convey a message at a deeper level than words allow. Music evokes emotions, feelings, and memories, and has a way of transcending or bridging our inner voice to our current realities. In my own workshops and sessions that I facilitate, I use music to foster self-exploration. I compile songs in a specific way that guides an individual or group through a revealing journey and evokes experiences from their subconscious. Putting these experiences into words is sometimes difficult, so I invite them to compile a story, using a set of visuals that represent their music-evoked visions and feelings. Through reflection and meditation, participants can articulate their journey of self-exploration and affirm their self-worth, wisdom, and purpose.”

You don’t need to be a musician or an opera singer to experience the many benefits of this creative art therapy. All you need is a willingness to try something new. There are many advantages and qualities of music therapy, including:

  • Shares neural circuits with speech
  • Helps us express emotion
  • Taps into our memories
  • Alleviates pain and anxiety
  • Promotes relaxation and wellness
  • Brings people together and is social

Certain types of music are rhythmic and predictable. Other types of music are unpredictable and improvisational. It is up to the therapist and the individual to select the type of music that will help the individual achieve his or her goals. Different combinations of music may be employed at different times to promote mental and physical health. At Sierra Tucson, we understand that treating addiction is comprehensive and personal – no one treatment is the same for every resident. Music therapy is simply one approach that works in concert with many other methods for addressing addiction, including psychotherapy, medication, and mindfulness, among others.

Call Sierra Tucson’s Admissions Coordinators at (800) 842-4487 for more information about our comprehensive residential treatment programs.