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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Trauma-Informed Care

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

Reducing one’s shame by using a non-pathologizing approach  
By James Seymour, MD
Director, Trauma Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson

At Sierra Tucson, we provide what is referred to as Trauma-Informed Care for all of our residents. Trauma-Informed Care is the recognition by the treatment program and the clinical staff that a history of childhood trauma is very often associated with and underlies many of the challenges we see. This includes substance use disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, various impulse control disorders, and chronic pain. In addition, we recognize that childhood trauma affects how residents experience our therapeutic interventions.

The most common emotion that nearly all individuals with a history of childhood trauma experience is a deep, abiding sense of shame – the sense that there is something inherently wrong with or bad about them. So in a way, Trauma-Informed Care is simply shame reduction, and shame reduction is Trauma-Informed Care. We make sure that all our interventions work toward reducing shame rather than creating or worsening it.

How do we do this? First, we take a positive, non-pathologizing approach. We don’t call those we treat patients. We refer to them as residents. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is not a disease or an illness but rather, a normal nervous system response to traumatic circumstances. Although our residents have serious symptoms and interpersonal problems, we like to stress that essentially they are normal individuals. There is nothing “wrong” with them. We take an approach that focuses on the resident’s strengths and resources, not on his or her weaknesses or difficulties. This goes a long way toward shame reduction.

Also, personality disorders are not labeled as such. What we see as clinicians is simply maladaptive behaviors that arose to deal with a highly dysregulated nervous system, which is often secondary to trauma. We are extremely careful about the language we use as language that makes a difference. An example would be that we don’t describe someone as manipulative. When we see that type of behavior, it is a strong clue that the individual has never had enough trust in a relationship to think that asking for help directly would be of any benefit. We do this with other words that are frequently used to label those we are trying to help.

At Sierra Tucson, we believe that helping reduce a resident’s shame is one of the most helpful and powerful things we can do.

If you would like more information on Sierra Tucson’s comprehensive residential treatment, please call our Admissions Coordinators at (877) 801-2632.