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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New Year’s Resolutions and Recovery

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

Embracing progress, not perfection

The New Year is upon us! As we bid farewell to 2016 and welcome 2017 with open arms, it seems only natural to make a list of resolutions. But when lofty goals become set-ups for let-downs, it can lead to depression and self-doubt.

At Sierra Tucson, we acknowledge the excitement that comes with a new year, and we believe in balancing that enthusiasm with realistic plans. Below are some healthy tips that we offer our residents during this time of year. We hope you’ll find them useful, too.

  1. Change the Language – Often, the term resolution has a negative connotation. Instead, setting intentions (“I am going to,” “I hold myself accountable by,” “I will try my best to”) can be a positive step. A shift in language creates a shift in mindset, and that can make all the difference.
  2. Focus on Healing – According to David Cato, LCSW, TCT, primary therapist for Sierra Tucson’s Trauma Recovery Program, “When we work on ourselves from within, [we begin to] find a way out of our old patterns and our old behaviors.” Somatic Experiencing® Therapy and other trauma-healing therapies help get to the root of a person’s challenges.
  3. Count Your Blessings  “Counting our blessings […] can help us deal more effectively with intense feelings, urges, and cravings,” says Kimberly Peters, MSSW, LCSW, primary therapist at Sierra Tucson. One way to achieve this is to fill up an empty jar with notes about the good things that take place in 2017. At the end of the year, you will literally be able to count your blessings!
  4. Try New Things – Rather than setting unrealistic goals, we can step outside of our routine from time to time. Expanding one’s horizons by learning a skill, trying a new dish, visiting a never-before-seen museum, or going on a new adventure are some practical ways to keep life fun.

From all of us at Sierra Tucson, we wish you good health and happiness in 2017!

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


David Cato, LCSW, TCT, primary therapist and LGBTQ support specialist at Sierra Tucson, explains how to approach the New Year in a healthy manner.
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