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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Take Care of Yourself Too – The Family of an Alcoholic Suffers

If you have a friend, family member or other loved one who has a history of heavy drinking, this article contains some information that you need to know.

It is Important to Get Professional Help for Some Family Matters

Hopefully, your loved one is in treatment for her or his alcohol addiction; if so, keep in mind that substance dependence affects the entire family group in a variety of ways, not just the addict. To understand how important it is for you to recover right along with your loved one, consider the essential data obtained by New Zealand researcher Dr. Sally Casswell of Massey University in Auckland.

On February 4th, 2011, the Reuters news service reported that Dr. Casswell’s study of the family members of alcohol addicts (in treatment or not), revealed some long-suspected results: When compared to others, the parents, spouses/partners, and children of addicts suffered from significantly elevated rates of low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Dr. Casswell examined a control group of 3,068 individuals ages 12 to 80 years old. Study participants reported overall dissatisfaction with life; they also tended to pursue fewer educational or occupational opportunities available to them. As published in the journal Addiction, perhaps the most compelling and disturbing of Dr. Casswell’s findings is that family members of alcohol addicts were more likely to become problem drinkers themselves in an effort to “keep up” with their addicted loved one, and to somehow normalize their experience of living with an alcohol addict.

This New Zealand study echoes similar studies of the past decade among family members in the United States, and demonstrates what has long been known about the disease of addiction:

Addiction takes a toll not only upon the addict but upon those who love and/or live with the addict as well.

Alcohol addiction, in this way, is similar to other chronic diseases like cancer in its negative emotional and physical impact upon a patient’s family. “This potential for harm to others,” said Dr. Casswell, “should be considered in debates about policies aimed at curbing heavy drinking.” She included in these policy debates such variables as the price or taxation of alcohol, harsher penalties for drunk driving, and raising the minimum drinking age.

Loving an addict isn’t easy; loving yourself is often even harder. If someone close to you is in alcohol recovery, the very best thing you can do for him or her is to care for yourself. As the addict in your life becomes more physically and emotionally healthy, it’s essential for you to do the same. A good way to start is by talking to your loved one’s treatment counselor about marital and family therapy, especially if you have questions about your own drinking. If you suspect that you may be suffering from depression, start your healing process by consulting a physician about symptoms that are troubling you. Never think that you’re being selfish by addressing your own needs – there’s a big difference between “selfish” and “self-esteem!” You’ve stood by your loved one through the worst times; don’t forget to do the very same for yourself.

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)