Sierra Tucson

Sierra Tucson

Every resident’s treatment program and day to day routine are unique at this luxury rehab which offers treatment for substance abuse issues, co-occurring disorders, sex addiction, gambling addiction and chronic pain.

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 an array of addictions, mental health issues and chronic pain management. Sierra Tucson is a co-ed treatment facility sitting on 160 acres of land with a view of the Catalina Mountain Range. A luxury rehab, it tailors a programming to the specific needs of each client. Sierra Tucson has a highly qualified staff who can treat substance abuse issues, co-occurring disorders, sex addiction, gambling addiction and chronic pain.

Facility and Meals

The Sierra Tucson facility is rather large, with space for 124 beds in the residential program, and 15 beds in the on-site psychiatric unit. The Southwestern style architecture and design of the Sierra Tucson facility reflect the beauty of the natural environment surrounding it. The rooms are comfortable, clean and well furnished. Residents sleep in 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 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 25 employees plus a clinical team of about 24, make the ratio of clinical/therapeutic staff to patients about one to five. 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 CBT, DBT and EMDR. 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 specifically deals with how to manage chronic pain.

The length of stay in the residential treatment program is usually 30 to 90 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 therapy sessions they must let staff know that they want this included in their residential treatment program.

Sierra Tucson believes that aftercare 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 aftercare. Participation in Connect365 means that Sierra Tucson graduates are able to engage a Professional Recovery Coach daily after leaving the facility. This happens through an online portal that allows recent graduates to stay connected with a recovery professional who they can update on their recovery. These recovery professionals work with graduates 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 when they are not in groups. Phone time and TV are available as well, but not during scheduled groups. There are visiting hours at the facility. In order to have visitors a resident first meet with their assigned therapist, and work with them to determine who can visit during their stay. Visiting hours occur on Sundays from 3 to 5:50 pm.

There are an abundance of amenities available to those receiving treatment at Sierra Tucson. Some of these include equine therapy, canine 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 Sheldon.

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

$40,000-$50,000 (30 days)

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