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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Residential Therapists: Providing Comfort and Care During the Holidays

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

Gabrielle Shoun, MS, LASAC

By Gabrielle Shoun, MS, LASAC
Manager of Residential Therapists at Sierra Tucson

Taking that first step through the doors of a treatment center is often one of the most overwhelming experiences a person can endure, particularly during the holiday season. So many unknowns consume the minds of all those involved. “What kind of support will I have?” “How will I cope with being away from home?” “What will my loved one be doing all day?”

Sierra Tucson is proud to offer an exceptionally unique team of 19 masters-level therapists whose role is to address concerns like these and assist in comforting residents, which, in turn, provides comfort to their loved ones.

The residential therapists, or RTs, work from 7 a.m.–midnight, seven days a week, and are responsible for the coordination and facilitation of didactic lectures, psycho-educational groups, and individual sessions. These activities help in keeping residents engaged throughout the day and provide an opportunity for them to develop and hone their recovery skills from the moment they wake up until the time they go to bed. RTs utilize this time to establish a rapport so the residents always have a familiar face to seek out should they require additional care and support or need to process information they gathered in their groups.

Residential therapists assist in crisis management, for instance, if a resident receives difficult news, is contemplating leaving treatment against medical advice (AMA), or experienced a particularly intense session. RTs utilize evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and incorporate various grounding skills to meet residents’ needs. The treatment team may request to have an RT check on an individual at night as well. From the beginning of treatment until completion, residents know their needs are of the utmost importance, even after their primary therapist leaves for the day.

The unwavering and continuous support of Sierra Tucson’s residential therapists provides a strong structure in which residents can foster healthy connections and process any feelings and emotions that arise, no matter the time of day.

Throughout the holiday season, families can rest assured that their loved ones will be surrounded by a skilled team of clinicians who provide additional support during the treatment process and guide residents on the path of recovery.

Gabrielle Shoun, MS, LASAC, manager of residential therapists (RTs) at Sierra Tucson, explains the important role Sierra Tucson’s RTs play in providing residents with the comfort and care they need. Watch now.