While anxiety is a completely normal feeling that everyone experiences at some point in their lives, those with anxiety disorders experience fear and worry at such an intense level that it interferes with their ability to lead a normal life. At Sierra Tucson, we understand the how devastating it can be to try to make it through each day faced with the debilitating symptoms of an anxiety disorder, which is why we are proud to offer exemplary programming that is geared towards holistically healing those afflicted with this type of condition. As a leading treatment provider, we put forth every effort to improve the lives of every man and woman who comes to Sierra Tucson for care.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a loved one has an anxiety disorder, it can be extremely difficult to watch him or her struggle on a daily basis and not know what, if anything, you can do for him or her. While you may feel completely helpless, there are some things you can do to help your loved one learn to cope with his or her anxiety and go on to live a more worry-free life. Below are some suggestions you may find helpful:
- Take the time to get informed about anxiety disorders, learning as much as you can about the possible symptoms and the treatment options available. Educating yourself can help you better understand this illness and know what to expect during the recovery process.
- If your loved one is struggling with the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, suggest that he or she seeks help from a mental health professional. A mental health professional can help teach your loved one the skills needed to control his or her anxiety and reduce the presence of distressing symptoms.
- Do not be judgmental or minimize your loved one’s feelings. Try to be supportive and patient with your loved one as best you can and remember that it can take time to for him or her to get his or her anxiety under control.
- Encourage your loved one to continue to engage in the treatment process. Help him or her remember to take any medication that is prescribed and to attend all of his or her therapy appointments.
Why Consider Treatment at Sierra Tucson
The presence of an untreated anxiety disorder can quickly begin to interfere with all areas of a person’s life, sometimes making it challenging to function appropriately on a daily basis. The presence of anxiety symptoms can prevent a person from adequately completing responsibilities at work, concentrating on daily tasks, and being able to establish and maintain interpersonal relationships. Some individuals may be unable to go certain places or, in some instances, are unable to leave their home at all. Additionally, it is common for individuals with anxiety disorders to develop additional mental health problems, such as depression, or a variety of physical illnesses including heart disease and respiratory problems. Furthermore, those with anxiety are at an increased risk for the development of substance abuse problems and suicide.
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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, such as those associated with an anxiety disorder or those in need of medical detoxification can receive these services at Desert Flower prior to engaging in Sierra Tucson’s residential care.
The behavioral health residential treatment supplied by Sierra Tucson is designed to elicit the most favorable treatment outcomes for all patients. With five distinct programs offered within the residential treatment center, patients can expect to receive the beneficial services they need in order to truly heal. For those who are trying to overcome the debilitating symptoms of anxiety, Sierra Tucson’s Mood and Anxiety Program allows patients to experience healing of the mind, body, and spirit through an integrative and comprehensive approach to treatment. This intensive program incorporates both cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy workshops while continuing to provide psychodynamic therapy through the primary process group and individual therapies.
Once an initial assessment has determined that a patient’s needs will be best met through this program, he or she can learn healthy ways of coping with stress and anxiety and begin to prepare him or herself for reintegration back into his or her community. Additional treatment methods offered at Sierra Tucson that may be included in a patient’s treatment plan include:
Medication management: Patients engaged in the Mood and Anxiety Program are seen by a psychiatrist or attending physician on a weekly basis in order to determine the need for medication, monitor medication, and adjust any medication prescribed in order to ensure optimal alleviation of mental health symptoms, including those associated with anxiety. Registered nurses and clinical technicians also assist in monitoring a patient’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: Upon entering the Mood and Anxiety Program, each patient is assigned a primary therapist with whom they will meet at least once each week. All individual sessions are conducted by Master’s level clinicians and licensed psychologists.
Group therapy: In addition to being assigned a primary therapist, each patient is also assigned a small group of peers with whom they will meet four times per week with a primary therapist. In addition to the peer group, other groups are supplied by this program and may include topics such as:
- Coping skills
- Working through grief and loss
- Relapse prevention
- Anger management
- Dialectical skills group
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 confidence, Sierra Tucson offers a Therapeutic Recreational Activities Program. This program includes the following therapeutic activities, of which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis to stress the importance of getting physical activity:
- Equine therapy
- Art therapy
- Chi Kung
- Personal training
- Adventure therapy (including a ropes course and rock climbing wall)
- Movement therapy
Additional services: In order to fully care for the needs of those in the Mood and Anxiety Program, Sierra Tucson’s offers a number of additional services that have proven effectiveness in helping people manage the symptoms of their anxiety or mood disorder. The following services are those offered within this innovative program:
- Somatic Experiencing (SE)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – twice per week
- Somato-emotional response massage (SER massage) – once per week
- Psychological testing
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 a seamless transition 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 at Sierra Tucson, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that patients 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, as well as one-on-one planning sessions, to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once a patient is 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 designed to provide ongoing and substantial support to former patients. A representative from this program contacts patients 48 hours after discharge and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and obtaining 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 Relations 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 helped many individuals live happier lives, free from the debilitating symptoms of anxiety, look no further than Sierra Tucson.