Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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 Sierra by the Sea 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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sierra by the Sea.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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Substance Abuse By Seniors Is On The Rise

Most people don’t think of a grandparent when they picture the typical drug addict, but a significant number of seniors are developing problems with drug abuse.

The U.S. Department of Health reports that more than 8 million older adults are currently addicted to illegal drugs, medication and alcohol.  That number is expected to rise as members of the Baby Boom generation reach retirement age.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that admissions for substance abuse treatment for people age 50 and older nearly doubled between 1992 and 2008. Although alcohol abuse is still the leading cause of substance abuse hospitalization for seniors, admissions for drug abuse are on the rise.

Many of today’s seniors abused illicit drugs in their youth.  While a significant number of them have problems with illegal street drugs like heroin and cocaine, many are now abusing prescription drugs.  A 2008 SAMHSA study on drug abuse among older American found that 26% of admissions for treatment were related to cocaine and 25% were related to prescription drugs.  In addition, the study found that a larger proportion of seniors are seeking treatment for abuse of multiple substances, from 13% of seniors seeking treatment in 1992 to nearly 40% in 2008.

One of the biggest issues related to substance abuse among senior citizens is that it can go unnoticed and untreated.  Since retired people are less active in society, their problems with drugs and alcohol may not be detected.  Also, many seniors take several prescription drugs each day for health problems and abuse of these medications is not always easy to spot.

According to AARP, these are some signs to watch for if you’re concerned about an older friend or relative who may be abusing drugs or alcohol:

  • Lack of coordination and unsteadiness
  • Frequent falls and unexplained bruises
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Less attention paid to personal hygiene
We Accept Insurance
The following are some of the providers with whom we work regularly
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • and many more...

Recovering from substance use disorders is a challenging journey that feels more doable in an environment that tends to each individual’s complex needs and strengths. Our goal is to foster a treatment experience that is built on compassion, hope, and caring, and fueled by excellence in the provision of evidence-based and trauma-informed care.

– Michelle Beaudoin, MA, MFA, NCC, CADC-II
Marks of Quality Care
These accreditations are an official recognition of our dedication to providing treatment that exceeds the standards and best practices of quality care.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)