Sierra Tucson Treatment Center Celebrates Expansion and Opening of New Lodge

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An international leader in the treatment of addictions and mental/behavioral disorders, Sierra Tucson opens new Lodge to expand treatment services and bring healing to more people.

I am most enthusiastic that we can now offer the highest-quality care and healing to even more patients. Sierra Tucson's incredible staff continue in our dedication to give compassionate care and clinical excellence, embracing each person's individuality and dignity.

Sierra Tucson held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on October 12, 2007, to celebrate the completion of its new Lodge, which began construction in January 2007. The new 26,903-square foot Lodge beautifully complements the surrounding high desert and mountains, and its interior is elegant, nurturing, and functional. Executive Director Keith Arnold states, "I am most enthusiastic that we can now offer the highest-quality care and healing to even more patients. Sierra Tucson's incredible staff continue in our dedication to give compassionate care and clinical excellence, embracing each person's individuality and dignity."

Artfully named "Dancing Sun," the new Lodge is situated on the 160-acre facility between two other patient Lodges called "Morning Star" and "Crescent Moon." The new Lodge adds an additional 44 beds to Sierra Tucson's current 95-bed capacity, which will help meet the great need for exceptional treatment.

This $5.7 million expansion includes new dedicated space for group process and integrative therapies, as well as physician and therapist offices and family services. Additionally, Sierra Tucson is beginning a new "Progressions Phase" of treatment, which will be housed in the new Lodge. "Progressions" provides an opportunity for patients to more fully prepare for the next level of recovery, with an option to extend their stay two to four weeks in a structured atmosphere that gives greater experience with relapse prevention skills.

Sierra Tucson is one of the world's premier behavioral treatment centers for addictions and mental/behavioral disorders. Individualized treatment plans utilize a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to bring healing to the whole person. Programs include treatment for Coexisting Disorders, Alcohol and Chemical Dependency, Eating Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Sexual and Trauma Recovery, and an Assessment and Diagnostic Program for complex diagnostic concerns. In 2007 Sierra Tucson also expanded their Pain Management Services, offering expert pain diagnosis, intervention, and treatment for the medical/physical, psychological, and social factors that contribute to chronic pain.

Sierra Tucson opened in 1983 and was purchased in 2005 by CRC Health Group, the nation's largest chemical dependency and behavioral treatment provider, with over 143 facilities in 29 states and the U.K.

The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony was open only to invited media and guests and was followed by a tour of the "Dancing Sun" Lodge. Among the speakers were John Lacy, CRC Vice President Western Region; Keith Arnold, Sierra Tucson Executive Director; Gayle Richter, Sierra Tucson Director of Operations; and Jason Staggs, Sierra Tucson Senior Construction Manager. Josie Collins, M.S., CPCC, Grief and Spirituality Counselor, presented a prayer of dedication from Jerry Fitz, M.D., Chief of Addiction Medicine; and Albert Sombrero gave a Native American blessing. Jason Staggs directed the very successful construction project.

The ribbon was held and cut by Gayle Richter, Sierra Tucson's staff with the most tenure (22 years), and Heather Priest, their newest employee, as a metaphor of Sierra Tucson's long-standing tradition of providing excellent clinical treatment and continuing to implement new, innovative tools and services to strengthen their programs.

A new level of excellence has been achieved through the combination of a facility of this scale with unmatched beauty inside and out--and with the most comprehensive and clinically sophisticated programs and staff.

About Sierra Tucson:

Since 1983, Sierra Tucson has helped individuals and families rebuild their lives. Individualized treatment plans utilize a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach that incorporates medical and psychiatric services; Twelve-Step philosophy; traditional, experiential, and integrative therapies; and a Family Program. Accredited by JCAHO.

Contact:
Christi Cessna, M.S., Marketing Director
Sierra Tucson
800-624-5858, Ext. 2392
http://www.SierraTucson.com

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