Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sierra Tucson.

  • This restriction has 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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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Equine-Assisted Therapy

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

Equine-assisted therapy (also sometimes referred to as “equine therapy”) is a form of experiential adventure therapy in which residents interact with horses under the guidance and supervision of qualified professionals.

By taking the therapeutic experience out of the traditional office environment, and through interacting with a powerful yet sensitive animal, equine-assisted therapy allows residents to gain insight into emotions, relationships, and patterns of behavior.

How Equine-Assisted Therapy Works

Equine-assisted therapy occurs in a small-group setting, facilitated by a mental health professional and an equine specialist. Residents may participate in a wide variety of activities on the ground, designed to explore emotional regulation, relationships, and present-moment mindfulness. Therapists help residents process their experience in real time, allowing them to recognize thought and behavioral patterns and practice new ways of being.

Why Equine-Assisted Therapy Works

There are many facets to equine-assisted therapy, but some common themes that arise during sessions are often related to emotion and relationships.

As prey animals, horses are highly sensitive to their surroundings and particularly attuned to emotion. By bringing attention to horses’ responses to residents, therapists help residents gain awareness of their emotional states. With this awareness comes the opportunity to practice self-regulating, process emotions, or gain insight.

As herd animals, equines help residents to explore relationships. Through working with horses, residents can practice skills that are transferable to their human relationships, such as setting and respecting boundaries, building trust, and communicating effectively. Residents may also gain awareness of behaviors and patterns that interfere in their relationships.

At a base level, working with horses can help residents to practice mindfulness. Through staying in the present moment, bringing attention to their emotional state in the here-and-now, and engaging in activities that cultivate a sense of “flow,” residents are able to achieve a quiet mind, promoting brain and nervous system health.

After several facilities failed, Sierra Tucson’s program saved my daughter’s life. The Family Program saved our family and helped the recovery of all.

– Anonymous Client
We work with
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
Marks of Quality Care
These accreditations are an official recognition of our dedication to providing treatment that exceeds the standards and best practices of quality care.
  • Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
  • GeneSight
  • NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS)
  • Neurostar
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval