The continued use of drugs and/or alcohol, despite the ongoing occurrence of problems as a direct result, is known as substance abuse disorder, mild, moderate or severe. The harmful or perilous use of substances can lead to the development of behavioral, cognitive, and physiological changes that result in an individual having a strong craving(psychological or physiological) for their substance of choice and an inability to control its use. If not properly treated, substance abuse can result in serious health, relationship, employment, and legal ramifications. At Sierra Tucson, we fully recognize that the road to recovery and sobriety is a long one that is often filled with many turbulent times, which is why we have developed specialized programming that strives to make this process as comfortable as possible. By engaging in our comprehensive addiction treatment program, men and women who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction can develop the skills needed to not only break the cycle of addiction, but to maintain life-long sobriety.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you believe that a close friend or a family member has a substance abuse problem, as difficult as it may be, it is important that you take the necessary steps to get your loved one the life-saving treatment they need. However, before you begin the process of seeking help for your loved one, you need to first come to accept what you can and can’t do. While you can offer your loved one support and encouragement you cannot force them to obtain treatment and remain sober. Below are some tips that may assist you in encouraging your loved one to choose a life of sobriety, while also maintaining your overall wellbeing:
- Express your concerns to your loved one about his or her substance abuse, offering your love and support while at the same time being nonjudgmental. Be prepared to be met with denial, yet provide your loved one with specific information about his or her destructive behaviors.
- Learn all you possibly can about substance abuse, including the symptoms and the recovery process. Being armed with information will allow you more insight into your loved one’s substance abuse problem and what you can do to better support him or her.
- Set boundaries for your loved one, letting him or her know the behaviors that you are not going to tolerate. When you set these limits, be sure to stick to them so your loved one knows you are serious.
- While seeking treatment options for your loved one also seek support for yourself. Supporting someone who has substance abuse problems can be emotionally and physically draining. At times you may need someone to talk to so that you are able to process all of the emotions you are experiencing.
- Finally, be patient. Recovery is a process not an event.
Why Consider Treatment at Sierra Tucson
The continued use of drugs and/or alcohol can have profound effects on a person’s life and family, causing a multitude of negative consequences. And while each drug can produce different symptoms, after a prolonged period of abuse every aspect of a person’s life will begin to suffer. Some of the dangerous and damaging complications that can develop may include the contraction of a communicable diseases, such as HIV, or the development of both short and long-term physical health problems. As a person’s substance of choice begins to take over his or her life, he or she will begin to neglect responsibilities at work and at home, which can lead to loss of one’s job and the development of financial difficulties. Additionally, those who abuse substances often have family problems as a result of behavioral changes and other symptoms associated with substance abuse. Finally, those who abuse drugs and/or alcohol are more likely than others to meet an untimely death due to being the victim of an accident or as the result of suicide when under the influence.
Types of Treatment Offered at Sierra Tucson
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, Sierra Tucson is pleased to offer state of the art treatment for a wide range of behavioral health concerns. Through the integration of evidence-based practices and integrative therapies, Sierra Tucson prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating addictions and other behavioral health problems. Holistic and individualized treatment is cornerstone to the care offered at Sierra Tucson, and is provided by a staff of qualified and experienced. Sierra Tucson’s primary goal is to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will benefit from our services and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive future.
Sierra Tucson includes Desert Flower Hospital, a 15-bed psychiatric hospital, and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center, both of which are situated on the same campus. Patients who require immediate stabilization due to the presence of psychiatric concerns or those who are in need of medical detoxification services can receive these interventions at Desert Flower prior to engaging in Sierra Tucson’s residential care. When patients present to Sierra Tucson with drugs and/or alcohol in their systems, the first step in their treatment may be to undergo the medical detox services offered at Desert Flower Hospital so that their bodies can become rid of the toxic substance. This period of detoxification is monitored by medical personnel in order to ensure that individuals remain safe and as comfortable as possible during the process. Patients will also engage in a number of therapeutic interventions during their time in Desert Flower. Following detox and completion of programming at our hospital, patients will then engage in comprehensive treatment at Sierra Tucson’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Treatment for substance abuse concerns is delivered through Sierra Tucson’s Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program. Offered within our behavioral health residential treatment center, services supplied in this program are designed to elicit the most favorable outcomes for all patients. Our reputation as a leading drug addiction rehabilitation treatment center stems from our clinical excellence and the compassionate care that we afford to everyone who seeks our services. Our holistic approach to treatment respects the dignity of each individual while offering a therapeutic environment that is fully conducive to healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Treatment focuses on addressing each patient’s presenting problems, as well as underlying issues that exacerbate his or her struggles. It is our belief that, as patients gain new communication skills and learn to build healthy relationships, they can make sound decisions for a healthy quality of life and form deeper connections with others.
Using a biopsychosocial and spiritual approach to care, patients in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder program can partake in the following treatment modalities:
Medication management: When individuals are struggling with the presence of a co-occurring disorder in addition to a chemical dependency problem, the implementation of psychotropic medications may be incorporated into their overall plan of care. The need for such medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients who are engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program will have the opportunity to meet with either a psychiatrist or qualified physician at a minimum of once per week so that any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored for therapeutic effectiveness and any necessary changes can be made.
Individual therapy: Master’s level clinicians and/or licensed psychologists offer individual therapy sessions with patients several times per week depending upon the treatment modality that is being used. All patients are guaranteed, however, that a minimum of one individual session will take place each week. Each patient’s therapist will be assigned to him or her depending upon the identified presenting concerns, the therapeutic approach that will be used in order to effectively address those concerns, and the specific training that the therapist possesses. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting where the patient is afforded the opportunity to discuss his or her progress in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and process through various feelings that he or she is experiencing.
Group therapy: At the time that patients are admitted into the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program, they are assigned to a small group of peers, of whom are engaged in the same program. This group will meet together for therapy sessions four times per week. In addition to serving as a general process group, topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
- Didactic lectures
- Grief and loss
- Relapse prevention
- Healing anxiety
- Anger management
- Shame and Resilience
Four Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of patients, Sierra Tucson includes the Four Day Family program for family members and other close identified loved ones of patients. This program typically occurs during a patient’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psychoeducational lectures, process groups, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a patient’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic Recreational Activities Program: In order to help patients build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome their substance abuse concerns, this program offers patients a myriad of therapeutic activities, of which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis. A patient’s participation in such activities will be outlined in his or her treatment plan and may include the following:
- Expressive art
- Equine therapy
- Adventure therapy (including a ropes course and rock wall)
Additional services: In order to fully care for the needs of those who are working through an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol as well as any co-occurring conditions, Sierra Tucson is proud to offer a number of additional services through an innovative approach to treatment. Special time is set aside for selected individual appointments which will be outlined in one’s treatment plan in order to address individualized needs. Such services may include, but are not limited to:
- Personal training
- Psychological testing
- Mindfulness meditation
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) SE (Somatic Experiencing) therapies are offered when deemed necessary based upon an assessment conducted by a psychiatrist
Furthermore, patients engaged in the care delivered through the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program will be provided with educational lectures and will participate in 12-step meetings and Smart Recovery. Each day will end on a positive note by allowing patients to gather together and reflect through a Gifts and Blessings Ceremony.
Should a patient require stabilization services while engaged in Sierra Tucson’s residential programming, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower Hospital before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each patient’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Sierra Tucson’s method for providing all-encompassing care for every patient who comes for treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second-to-none. Once a patient engages in services to treat substance abuse and co-occurring concerns at Sierra Tucson, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that they can remain successful once treatment is complete. Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower Hospital meet with continued care staff to assess each individual’s needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential programming at Sierra Tucson meet with the same continued care staff and regional outreach specialists and partake in lectures and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once they have been discharged.
Furthermore, patients exiting the residential programming, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This program includes 12-month-long case management services that are in place to offer ongoing and substantial support to former patients. A representative from this program contacts patients 48 hours after they are discharged and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and receiving the additional services they need in order to remain successful in the process of healing and recovery.
Lastly, former patients can take part in the Alumni Services affiliated with Sierra Tucson. These services include groups offered through outpatient centers, of which are located across the United States.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the superior care that has improved the lives of many individuals who have struggled with chemical dependency and co-occurring conditions, look no further than Sierra Tucson.