There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Treatment Solution

By The Fix staff 07/16/18
People in Sierra Tucson's Pain Recovery Program receive treatment that helps diminish pain and increase functionality; as they overcome their symptoms, they are invited to take part in a wide number of therapeutic activities including yoga, hydrotherapy, and equine therapy.
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When it comes to addiction treatment, there isn’t a single solution that works for everyone. There’s no universal cure or magic bullet that helps people achieve long-term sobriety. Addiction treatment requires professional help and guidance. It also requires a treatment plan that’s as unique as the person suffering from addiction. Sierra Tucson is one of the few rehab centers to understand that everyone responds differently to treatment, which is why they offer a wide range of programs and approaches that cater to people’s specific needs and goals. Individuals who are wrestling with addiction, behavioral health disorders or other related issues desperately need comprehensive, evidence-based treatment in an environment that’s both secure and supportive. That’s why the staff at Sierra Tucson takes its time to determine what treatment method will work best for each of its residents. With this varied, dynamic approach to treatment, Sierra Tucson offers programs that cater to mood and anxiety, addiction recovery, pain recovery, trauma recovery, and family. It even offers an innovative, interactive aftercare program that supports residents long after they’ve left treatment.

The center’s Mood & Anxiety Program is designed to address the unique challenges associated with these groups of disorders. The overall goal of the program is to help individuals who suffer from mood or anxiety disorders to decrease their symptoms and help them function in everyday life. The staff at Sierra Tucson uses an interdisciplinary team approach that incorporates both conventional and complementary evidence-based treatment to support their recovery. Residents of this program meet with an attending physician, primary therapist, continuing care coordinator, psychologists and fitness specialists, among others. Their integrative system of neuropsychiatric treatment focuses on the holistic healing of the body, mind and spirit, not to mention providing comprehensive medical and clinical care. The Mood & Anxiety Program employs conventional approaches to treatment in addition to innovative methods. While group and individual therapy sessions are central to almost every program at Sierra Tucson, the Mood & Anxiety Program also offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing® (SE), and Somato-Emotional Release (SER) massages. There are also integrative therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic, Shiatsu, and yoga that many other centers aren’t equipped to offer.

Many residents of the Addiction Recovery Program begin their journey at Desert Flower, a behavioral health inpatient unit on the Sierra Tucson campus. The unit supplies medically-supervised detoxification services so that residents can navigate their withdrawals in a safe, comfortable setting. The Addiction Recovery Program is a highly regimented schedule of group and individual sessions, therapeutic recreational activities like equine therapy and expressive arts, and a variety of other services that include psychological testing, biofeedback, acupuncture, massages and meditation, among others. Residents in this program participate in 12-step meetings, too, as well as other peer group activities. This program is specifically geared toward helping residents manage their addictions, in addition to handling the emotional pain that prompted the addiction. It also equips individuals with new tools for healthy communication and relapse prevention in order to start them on their path to long-term sobriety.

The Pain Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson was developed for men and women who suffer from chronic pain. Persistent, debilitating pain lasting longer than a few months is a disruptive force, affecting everything from the ability to hold a job to overall mental health. The program offers specialized treatment using an innovative, comprehensive mind-body approach to treatment that typically involves a 45 day stay. Residents of the program receive treatment that helps diminish pain and increase functionality, mainly through medication management, individual therapy and group therapy. As residents overcome their chronic pain symptoms, they are invited to take part in a wide number of therapeutic activities, including yoga, hydrotherapy and equine therapy.

Post-traumatic stress disorder and other traumatic experiences are central to Sierra Tucson’s Trauma Recovery Program, which implements a biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to care. The comprehensive program works to restore the mind, body, and spirit of its participants, helping to improve their overall quality of life. The program aims to provide a variety of tools to help stabilize participants and resolve emotional turmoil. By meeting with physicians, therapists, continuing care coordinators, psychologists and fitness specialists, participants in the program get an unparalleled experience tailored to their needs. The program’s team also regularly meets with participants to assess the scope of their trauma recovery as well as any co-occurring disorders they may have.

Sierra Tucson also understands that it’s not always the person who’s struggling with mental health or addiction issues who needs help. Very often, his or her family members—especially significant others—require support. In fact, Sierra Tucson believes that in order to ensure the overall success of its residents, the entire family needs to be involved. The Family Program is designed to help everyone not only identify problems that have had a serious impact on the overall family unit, but learn ways to help overcome those problems. Family Week is a critical part of the program: a four-day, invitation-only experience that helps family members understand their role in their loved one’s recovery. During Family Week, therapists work directly with residents and their family members to help change their behaviors as well as learn how to begin the healing process. Over the course of the four days, residents and their family members have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of activities. A couple’s workshop is provided to help residents and their significant others explore their relationship issues as well as receive support for their recovery. Family members can also participate in equine therapy, a mindfulness meditation group, and a number of other group therapy sessions.

Still, treatment doesn’t begin and end at a rehab center. That’s just the beginning of the journey. Sierra Tucson distinguishes itself through Connect365—a full-service continuing care program that helps clients stay connected to treatment long after they’ve left treatment. The Connect365 program actually begins while residents are still closely working with their treatment team. Experts at Sierra Tucson sit down to develop exactly what their clients need when it comes to an aftercare plan. Once that plan is established and a resident is ready to be discharged, a Sierra Tucson Recovery Coach will be assigned to help individuals navigate the real world. Connect365 is an online portal that keeps clients and Coaches connected after initial treatment has ended. The tool takes its name directly from Sierra Tucson’s belief that the first year of recovery is absolutely critical: during those first 365 days, all of the building blocks necessary for successful sobriety are put into place.

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