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By: jhcarson
Desert Star Addict Recovery Ctr
Supposedly a group of the "best and brightest" employees to escape Sierra Tucson, Desert Star is a less than stellar Intensive Out Patient addiction facility.It was unfortunate to find the many of them, directed by Richard "Call Me Any Time" Poppy, made my experience unsafe and disrespectful. I have seldom witnessed so much overt manipulation, emotional immaturity and rude behavior by counselors & administrative staff. Desert Star does not follow their written Grievance Policy and being accountable is, in fact, a big part of recovery.
By: liz.foss1
Sierra Tucson
At Sierra Tucson, I found the spiritual and emotional support that started me back on the path to wellness. The caring there was palpable and sincere—from the unit therapists, to the evening and weekend counselors, to the bodyworkers, to the administrative staff, kitchen and grounds crews. The abundant caring, acceptance and support from all of these people made doing the very hard work possible. It was also a wonderfully beautiful and peaceful place to be!
By: stanrenshaw5
Sierra Tucson
I can’t begin to express how thankful I am for Sierra Tucson. One of my best friends went there in April of 2000. When he came back, he had totally transformed himself and his way of life. He has been sober from everything ever since he came back. I saw the before and after of this remarkable individual, and I can’t begin to explain what an incredible change has taken place. Thank you so much, Sierra Tucson.
By: junebarton255
Sierra Tucson
I firmly believe that Sierra Tucson saved my daughter’s life. My wife and I had tried nearly everything, with only very limited but never lasting success. Sierra Tucson’s program turned my daughter’s life around, put her on the path to recovery, and gave her the life-long skills to succeed, where everyone else had failed. I wholeheartedly support Sierra Tucson’s program and would recommend it to any person.
By: cheyennesnider240
Sierra Tucson
Being an alumnus for six years this April, my experience at Sierra Tucson helped me make the changes that have made my life a miracle. It helped me to heal so I can make healthy choices in my career and in relationships within my family. The number of people that I have been able to help as a result of the help I received gives me the faith that it can only get better if I remain willing to take action.
By: ianflanagan781
Sierra Tucson
I was in such a bad, dark place when my family sent me to Sierra Tucson. My depression was consuming my life and I was drinking too much too. The tools I learned to help me cope have made a huge difference and the doctors helped me get on the right medication for my depression. I needed help desperately and I am glad my family found Sierra. It has made a huge difference in my quality of life.
By: brettbyron10
Sierra Tucson
Sierra Tucson opened my eyes and my heart to the possibilities of a happy and healthy life of recovery and renewal. I was able to rekindle my spirituality and resolve deeply held issues of my disease. The staff and community come together as one in a cohesive and structured program that heals the body, mind, and soul. I am continuing to work a program based on the Sierra Tucson model.
By: edwardyancy08
Sierra Tucson
Our 20-year-old son graduated from Sierra Tucson this April. I never knew how much I didn’t now him during his high school years until my experience with him during the Family Program. It turns out he is a wonderful, caring, and compassionate young man. I’m delighted to have my son back and thrilled to know he wants to have a relationship with me.
By: adamcassidy988645
Sierra Tucson
In 1990 I came to Sierra Tucson for childhood sexual trauma and began an intense healing journey that has brought me to the other side of a life filled with fear. I am sober and clean and have an immense spiritual life, which started at Sierra. I know what love is today due to my work at Sierra Tucson.
By: jamiebibby31
Sierra Tucson
My friends admitted me into Sierra Tucson because they noticed that I was drinking a little too much. I just wanted to be alone all the time. Sierra Tucson turned my life around full circle and provided me with the care and treatment I need to get better.
Tips & Advices
If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment. Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program.
Yes. Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. Be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers.
Yes. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful.  Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances.
Yes. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should be factored into your decision. Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse.

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