Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Bipolar Disorder Treatment Center in Tucson

Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital is dedicated to providing superior treatment to children, teens, and adults suffering from bipolar disorder. Located in Tucson, Sonora provides the comprehensive care needed to successfully manage mental health disorders and lead a life of recovery.

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Learn More About Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

When a person is struggling with episodes of mania and depression, he or she may be suffering from bipolar disorder. A mental health condition that affects millions of people, bipolar disorder can cause a great deal of impairment in functioning if a person does not seek treatment. However, in order to receive the most appropriate treatment, an individual must know which type of bipolar disorder he or she possesses. Bipolar I, the most severe form, involves extreme manic episodes that can render a number of effects, including engaging in risky behaviors that can have permanent consequences. Bipolar II also includes episodes of mania, however the risks involved are not as great. Cyclothymia, the least severe form of bipolar disorder, is characterized by mood disturbances, though a person’s functioning may not be as impaired. While some people with bipolar disorder may feel as if there is no relief from these debilitating symptoms, there are effective treatment options available that can restore normal functioning.

Sonora Behavioral Health, a 140-bed leading acute inpatient psychiatric hospital in Tucson, is a premier provider of treatment for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from bipolar disorder. We acknowledge the unique needs of patients who are struggling with mental health concerns and diligently work with patients and their families in working towards recovery. With programming that is designed to address every aspect of mental health conditions, like bipolar disorder, we at Sonora implement treatment modalities and techniques geared towards alleviating distressing symptoms and restoring healthy functioning.

Helping a Loved One

Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

Seeing a friend or loved one struggle with episodes of mania and depression may be confusing for those in the person’s life. You may see erratic behaviors that do not seem to make sense. You may wonder if bipolar disorder is what your loved one is suffering from as you see him or her fluctuate in mood. Here are some symptoms of bipolar disorder that may help you identify this condition in your friend or loved one:

  • Manic episode:
    • Rapid speech
    • Decreased need for sleep
    • Poor impulse control
    • Hypersexuality
    • Grandiose feelings
    • Substance abuse
  • Depressive episode:
    • Dulled responses to stimuli
    • Increase in sleeping
    • Social isolation
    • Decline in participating in activities once enjoyed
    • Self-harm
    • Suicidal ideation

If your friend or loved one presents with these symptoms, it is a good idea to seek professional help to reduce the effects of this mental illness. By remaining a source of support and encouragement, educating yourself on bipolar disorder, and considering treatment options, you can be a great help in aiding your friend or loved one in recovering from this debilitating mental health condition.

Why Choose Us

Why Consider Treatment at Sonora Behavioral Health

Untreated bipolar disorder can lead a person to have more interaction with the legal system,  unable to maintain employment or achieve academically, experience financial problems, become addicted to drugs or alcohol, or even begin to self-harm. For those struggling with this mental disorder, it can feel as though life is spinning out of control. Damage to interpersonal relationships can happen as the impulsivity and destructive behaviors that come with this condition can negatively affect those in the person’s life. Lastly, and because the symptoms are so severe, those with untreated bipolar disorder are at a greater risk of suicide attempts and the possibility of suicide completion.

Our inpatient treatment center is known for being extremely effective in treating bipolar disorder. When taking part in treatment for bipolar disorder at our treatment center, individuals are away from everyday stressors and can focus solely on recovery and healing. If medication is deemed appropriate, a person with this mental illness has access to qualified medical staff that can help determine the most appropriate medication that can minimize the most debilitating symptoms. Furthermore the therapeutic process involved in inpatient treatment allows an individual to gain a better understanding of his or her condition, while learning new ways of managing symptoms. A type of treatment that has changed many lives, inpatient care has put countless people on the track towards lasting recovery from bipolar disorder.

Philosophy & Benefits

Bipolar Disorder Treatment Philosophy and Benefits

As the leading psychiatric hospital in Tucson, we make it our mission to provide behavioral healthcare services that meet the unique needs of each patient. We employ proven and evidence-based treatment modalities and techniques that teach effective coping skills that can be used for a lifetime. Our experienced and qualified staff diligently works to provide comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services, and treatment. By treating acute illnesses in a sensitive and caring manner, Sonora’s staff is able to assist patients in regaining and maintaining their highest level of functioning.

Types of Treatment

Types of Treatment Offered at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital

Upon arrival at our treatment center, each patient who comes to us for bipolar treatment will complete an initial assessment that will include a physical examination, collection of medical history, psychiatric evaluation, and psychological assessment. During this time, we will also identify social skills, cultural and family issues, and determine any other needs that each patient may have. We use a multidisciplinary approach with each patient and our psychiatric clinical team is composed of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, therapists, internists, and expressive art therapists who are all trained and experienced in treating individuals with emotional health and substance abuse issues. All treatment plans are individualized and include the following methods:

Medication management: Some people require medication to alleviate the debilitating symptoms of bipolar disorder. When pharmaceutical intervention meets the needs of a patient, medical staff, including nurses and psychiatrists, will work with the individual in exploring this option for treatment. Furthermore, individuals prescribed medication are monitored so as to ensure that proper medication is being administered to alleviate distressing symptoms.

Group therapy: At our psychiatric hospital, our main form of treatment is daily group therapy sessions. We use solution-focused groups that teach patients a variety of skills needed to recover from bipolar disorder. Some of our group topics include sleep, hygiene, coping skills, stress management, self-awareness, relaxation, and self-help skills training.

Family meetings: Family members are involved in all aspects of the treatment process and receive education about their loved one’s condition. In addition, family members are in constant communication with case managers throughout their loved one’s stay.

Additional treatment methods may include the following:

  • Expressive therapy, including art therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Daily meetings with social worker
  • Weekly dietary groups
Continuing Care

Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment

The discharge planning process begins as soon as a patient is admitted to our hospital. Within 48 hours of admission, a social worker will evaluate each patient for available resources including placement, transportation, and aftercare treatment. When it is time for the patient to leave inpatient treatment, the social worker will coordinate placement with the patient, family members, outside agencies, or private insurance. They will also coordinate transportation from the hospital on the day of discharge to the patient’s next placement as well as aftercare treatment appointments based on individual needs of each patient.

For adult patients that no longer require inpatient treatment, Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital offers outpatient treatment that consist of nine to twelve hours of group therapy a week. These groups allow participants to process real-life scenarios as they happen and get the support they need, as well as practice the new techniques that they are learning. These eight to twelve weeks of intensive treatment give participants the chance to use group to work through emotional and psychological issues that keep them locked in a state of distress. Through our outpatient treatment, patients learn techniques that they will continue to use for the rest of their lives to stay healthy and happy.

Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP) allow patients to live at home and attend school or go back to work while still receiving the treatment that they need. PHP is held 5 days a week for 6 hours a day, while IOP is held 3 days a week for 3 hours a day. Both programs have a mental health and chemical dependency track. In addition to PHP and IOP, we have an aftercare program for alumni held monthly for as long as the patient needs.

All of the services at Sonora Behavioral Health encourage patient success as individuals navigate the process of healing and recovery. For those suffering from bipolar disorder, Sonora can be the beginning of a life free from the symptoms and negative effects of this mental health condition.

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After trying many other places, the doctors at Sonora finally correctly diagnosed my bipolar disorder and helped me learn how to manage my disorder.

– Noah L.