Sierra Tucson

By The Fix staff 06/13/19
Sierra Tucson's team of full-time, on-staff doctors and clinicians focuses on providing world-class treatment to all residents in the areas of addiction, mood, pain and trauma.
Sierra Tucson
Location : 39580 S. Lago del Oro Parkway Tucson, AZ 85739
Phone : 855-972-4102
Price : Works with most insurance
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Introduction and Basic Services

Sierra Tucson is a residential treatment facility located in Tucson, Arizona. In operation since 1983, it provides comprehensive intensive treatment for addiction, mood, pain, and trauma. Sierra Tucson is a co-ed treatment facility sitting on 160 acres of land with a view of the Catalina Mountain Range. It tailors programming to the specific needs of each client. Sierra Tucson has a highly qualified staff who can treat addiction, mood, pain, and trauma.

Facility and Meals

The Sierra Tucson facility is licensed for 182 beds in the residential program. The Southwestern style architecture and design of the Sierra Tucson facility reflect the beauty of the natural environment surrounding it. The 160-acre campus provides a unique, naturally scenic and tranquil setting ideal for healing. The rooms are comfortable, clean and well furnished. Residents sleep in full or twin beds, and are expected to share a room with one other person. Exceptions are made if the treating staff does not feel it will be conducive to someone’s recovery process.

Clients are not expected to do any routine chores, but are required to keep the rooms clean, wash their own clothes, and show appropriate respect in the common areas. The treatment facility has an on-site chef and a fully staffed kitchen to prepare meals.

Treatment Protocol and Team

When such a wide variety of issues are treated in a facility this large, it might feel like the intimate personal interaction is lost in favor of a more clinical approach. However, the size of the medical team at Sierra Tucson, which numbers 36 employees plus a clinical team of about 69, makes the ratio of clinical/therapeutic staff to patients about one to two. As a result, the residents get plenty of one on one time.

Every resident’s treatment program and day to day routine are unique to them. Treatment staff work to provide a holistic care approach to treatment, looking at the entire person and catering to the specific needs of each situation. A team comprised of medical and psychiatric doctors are on staff, and every resident has an assessment done. There are several different types of therapies utilized at Sierra Tucson. Some of the treatment modalities offered are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), equine therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, medically assisted treatment, nutritional therapy, psychodrama, continuing care, 12-step facilitation, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), adventure therapy, acupuncture therapy, experiential therapy, grief and spirituality therapy, message therapy, psycho education, qigong therapy, therapeutic recreation activities, reiki therapy, shiatsu therapy, somatic experiencing therapy (SE), hatha yoga, zero balancing, and craniosacral therapy (CST). Practicing therapists and psychologists at Sierra Tucson all have Master’s-level degrees and many hold PhDs as well. Each resident is evaluated to determine which types of therapy best meet their needs. The program is comprehensive and is a good fit for someone dealing with complex addiction or dual diagnosis. As previously mentioned, Sierra Tucson also offers a program that specifically deals with how to manage chronic pain.

The length of stay in the residential treatment program is usually 30 days. The duration may vary depending on the needs of the client. For example, the amount of time in residential treatment for someone dealing with a substance use disorder may not be as long in duration as a resident being treated for pain management issues or a dual diagnosis.

Days begin early at Sierra Tucson. Breakfast is served at 6:45 am. Those who are being treated for eating disorders are served breakfast at 6:30 am. Mornings are spent attending lectures and groups. Then, lunch in the dining room is served. After lunch, residents attend groups and lectures specific to their condition. Dinner is served around 5 pm. After dinner, residents attend more groups and counseling sessions geared toward treating their condition.

Twelve-step meetings are also included in the residential program, and usually occur in the evening. Not all patients at Sierra Tucson are seeking treatment for the same condition, so the 12-step meetings offered may vary to reflect the diversity of client needs. Programming for each day ends between 9 and 9:30 pm.

Family involvement is encouraged. When residents are interested in family engagement they must let their primary therapist know that they want this included in their residential treatment program.

Sierra Tucson believes that continuing care is a crucial component to maintaining recovery. For those who complete treatment successfully, a Connect365 Program is available for 12 months after program completion as a form of continuing care. Participation in Connect365 means that Sierra Tucson alumni are able to engage a Professional Recovery Coach daily after leaving the facility. This happens through an online portal that allows recent alumni to stay connected with a recovery professional who they can update on their recovery. These recovery professionals work with alumni to continue setting client goals and moving forward in a positive direction.

Bonus Amenities

Sierra Tucson has a pool, and an on-site gym that are available to residents during scheduled times when they are not in groups. Phone time and TV are available as well, but not during scheduled groups. 

There are an abundance of amenities available to those receiving treatment at Sierra Tucson. Some of these include equine therapy, a ropes course, outdoor hikes and sports courts, Kiva and massages. A salon, a rock-climbing wall and a labyrinth are also accessible on the Sierra Tucson campus. There is even a therapy tortoise named Shelldon.

It’s worth noting, certain amenities may not be available depending on insurance coverage or the program track. Interested potential clients should contact admissions staff at Sierra Tucson for details.


Sierra Tucson is one of the most comprehensive treatment centers out there. This could be highly beneficial for someone who is dealing with multiple addictions, co-occurring disorders, process addictions or chronic pain management. Cases in which multiple issues are causing suffering in the life of an individual and their family can be particularly difficult to sort out and are overwhelming for everyone involved. Most facilities are not equipped to deal with cases that involve substance abuse or a process addiction that runs concurrent with complex trauma or chronic pain management. The staff at Sierra Tucson specializes in these complex situations and are qualified to provide the tools and support needed for long term care and recovery.

Sierra Tucson Location

39580 S. Lago del Oro Parkway

Tucson, AZ 85739

(855) 972-4102

Sierra Tucson Cost

Sierra Tucson works with most insurance.

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