Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average age of the patients at Sierra Tucson?

We typically have a community filled with a wide range of adults ranging in age from 18 to 70+.

What is the average length of stay at Sierra Tucson?

Your length of stay varies based upon individual needs, program and clinical progress in treatment. Treatment planning is individualized and will be unique to your needs. Please speak to an intake coordinator for additional information.

Do patients have private rooms?

Sierra Tucson’s beautiful lodge provides semi-private rooms (two patients per room) with full beds and amenities. Our experience and outcomes research demonstrate that patients have a fuller, richer experience when they have a roommate. A private room may be available, based on clinical need.

Do patients have to make beds, clean floors, and do other chores?

At Sierra Tucson we prefer that individuals focus on the issues at hand rather than routine chores. However, patients are responsible to keep their rooms tidy on a daily basis. Patients are also asked to be respectful and responsible members of the therapeutic community.

What is a typical day like at Sierra Tucson?

The day for the patient begins early with breakfast at 6:45 a.m. (6:30 a.m. for eating disorder patients). A lecture, group, and/or community meeting are scheduled on some days. After lunch, patients attend specialty groups and family programs, depending on their needs and diagnoses. Dinner is served around 5:00 p.m., followed by evening lectures, relapse groups, counseling, assignments, and Twelve-Step meetings.

Sierra Tucson’s rich day of programming usually ends at 9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Also throughout the day, patients attend specific lectures and consult with doctors and specialty therapists, according to their specific needs. Other therapeutic activities may include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Acupuncture, Equine-Assisted Therapy, Challenge Course, Yoga, fitness, and other healthy recreational activities.

Does Sierra Tucson have telephones available for use?

The telephones located in the lodges are turned on and off during certain periods every day to allow you to communicate with your family and to return phone messages that have been left. Phone cards are available for purchase in the bookstore.

Are there visitation hours?

Visiting privileges are given at the discretion of the patient’s therapist, in accordance with the best interests of the patient. The primary therapist generally authorizes visitation after five full days of treatment—on Sundays and designated holidays. Visiting hours on Sundays are from 3:00 – 5:50 p.m. Visitors must follow the guidelines for appropriate attire and are asked to not bring any food, candy, soda, gifts, magazines, etc. to any patient. Visitors are required to check in at the main reception desk upon arrival.

What is the Family Program like at Sierra Tucson?

Sierra Tucson’s Family Program is an integral part of the treatment process. Patients are strongly encouraged to invite family members and/or significant others to participate in this process, at no additional charge. The only cost to members is the cost of travel, hotel accommodations, and meals (lunch is provided at Sierra Tucson, as well as dinner on Thursday evening). The Family Program provides a time of healing for both patients and family, 18 years and over. Family members are provided educational opportunities to learn about different diseases and disorders plus time to process the years of pain that are brought on by addiction or behavioral issues. Continuing care recommendations are given to family members to support their ongoing recovery.

Inviting family members to the Family Program

Please see information on the Family Program page.

Why choose an inpatient program?

An inpatient experience allows you the opportunity to work on your personal issues for a significant amount of time without the distractions or interruptions of daily life. By immersing yourself in treatment, you are able to look at all the facets of life, get to the root of issues, evaluate relationships and patterns of living, and reprioritize and restructure your life to begin a healthier, more fulfilling future. It is a time of total honesty with yourself in a supportive, nurturing and healing environment. Sierra Tucson blends a truly individual program with a wide variety of therapeutic approaches and an environment that gives each patient the tools necessary to achieve the highest likelihood of ongoing recovery. Treatment can give you the opportunity to live again – to realize that you are a good person with a bad disease. Inpatient treatment can help you start over with the tools, support, honesty, and courage to take back what has been taken from you – a deep appreciation for life, wellness, family… and hope! We are all miracles!

What is the admissions process?

  1. Call 855.373.7752 to speak with a caring professional.
  2. Complete the web form and an intake coordinator will contact you for a brief conversation about why you are seeking treatment, and to answer any questions you may have about the program.

When does treatment start?

You will work with the s intake staff to determine a start date that works best for your schedule.

What can I do about my job while I am in treatment?

Sierra Tucson will support you regardless of your professional circumstances. We will support your professional success.

Will I get to talk to my loved ones while I am in treatment?

Yes, there are phones located in the lodges, and we can arrange for supervised Skype sessions with loved ones. Computers are available for email communication with family.

Can I use insurance for treatment at Sierra Tucson?

You can utilize out-of-network benefits for your stay at Sierra Tucson. Please contact an intake coordinator for additional information.

What about privacy?

All information you provide is CONFIDENTIAL and protected by law.

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