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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Colleges Offer Recovery Support

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a growing trend on college campuses – the creation of recovery services that give students the personal, social and academic support they need to succeed in college while remaining sober.

These services target students who have gone through substance abuse treatment and feature:

  • recovery education courses
  • recreational activities
  • on-campus clubhouses

Some colleges and universities are even providing financial support for students in recovery who remain sober.

This new form of recovery support is a lifesaver for students like Aaron Weir, a junior majoring in business at Texas Tech University. Weir was expelled from high school and forced to leave home before getting sober at age 16. He now receives an annual scholarship of $3,000 for earning a high GPA while maintaining sobriety and has access to an on-campus center for sober students that provides study areas, pool tables and meeting space for support meetings.

Students are Exposed to Drugs Socially

Other students who are recovering from addiction seek institutions that are known for anti-drug and anti-drinking policies. Darien Kelly left two different universities in his freshman year because he couldn’t get away from drugs and alcohol. He’s found more success since enrolling at the College of the Ozarks, a Christian college in Missouri that is included on a list of Stone-Cold Sober Schools compiled by the Princeton Review. The school has strict rules prohibiting drugs and alcohol use both on and off campus. Kelly is now more comfortable surrounded by other students who don’t do drugs or drink.

The fastest-growing group of people seeking substance abuse treatment in the U.S. is students aged 18-24. According to SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), the rate of alcohol use is highest among young people aged 20-22. Within that group, the highest rate of consumption is among college students. When college students complete recovery treatment, they are often advised to take a leave of absence from school or to commute to classes from home in order to avoid the on-campus risks of substance abuse. Now there are more options for living on campus and receiving recovery support.

In addition to providing compassionate support for recovering students, on-campus recovery support programs make economic sense. College administrators have reported that substance abuse plays an important role in the 20% dropout rate for college freshman. Texas Tech has found that it can help pay for its Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery by retaining tuition revenue that would normally be lost when students leave school because of substance abuse issues.

The U.S. Education Department has released a report stating that in order to reach the Obama Administration’s goal of making the U.S. the top producer of college graduates by 2020, the pervasive substance abuse problems on college campuses must be addressed. A suggested solution for the academic, health and social problems caused by alcohol and drug abuse on campus is the establishment of more recovery support programs.

According to the report, students who are attempting to remain sober need support programs that will help prevent relapse. They also need focused academic support to help them attain success in education.

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)