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

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sierra by the Sea.

  • This restriction has 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 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Why You Should Still Seek Treatment During the Coronavirus Pandemic

An Open Letter to Those Suffering from Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Lindsey Fisher, Director of Admissions for Sierra by the Sea and Sunrise Ranch

A proud member of the Sierra Tucson Group


Dear fellow social distancers,

I’ve been thinking a lot about you and what you may be experiencing amid this global pandemic. I don’t wish to share another “we’re here for you” or “how to take care of your mental health during this crisis” blog post, but I hope my words can somehow reach you with honesty and sincerity. Let me share some information with you about what’s actually happening in the behavioral healthcare industry right now and how that might affect your decision to seek the change I know you’ve been thinking about.

Some treatment facilities are closing their doors. Some will reopen, and many will not. The total number of calls to treatment facilities and website traffic in the United States are steadily decreasing, but admissions have stayed roughly the same. What that tells me is that individuals who actually call are ready to take action, that their drug or alcohol use isn’t slowing, or that rising dread is becoming intolerable.

Since most are at home, perhaps for the first time in a while, their family members are noticing the inconsistencies, the missing pills, the late sleeping, or the recurring emotional outbursts and quiet guilt. All are plausible signs of addiction or depression, but the family can no longer avert their eyes — it’s starkly in front of them.

Perhaps others can’t stand to be alone anymore because they’ve been isolated too long already. Or maybe they just lost their job or were asked to take an extended leave. It could be the other way around too; people can’t get enough of what they need to survive. The intangible obsession turned physical dependence is demanding to be front and center, but the supply is dwindling fast.

Whatever the reason someone chooses to call doesn’t really matter. But what you must know is that others are seeking help right now. Individuals who are using fentanyl, other opiates, or methamphetamines; drinking daily bottles of wine; fighting for custody of their kids; getting lost on the streets; or feeling depressed and losing hope are calling.

Drug and alcohol misuse and overdoses are on the rise as the realities of COVID-19 have settled into the consciousness of nearly every human being. Triggering fear, anxiety, and depression, COVID-19 is seemingly igniting the next wave of the opioid crisis, and alcohol sales have increased by 55%.

States like Pennsylvania and North Carolina are experiencing an increase in 911 calls to report overdoses, and more people are dying from overdoses now than at the same time last year. In a single county in North Carolina, 10% of the 911 overdose calls resulted in the person dying.

You must know that stockpiling your drug of choice can lead to the temptation to use too much, and if you overdose, it is possible that you won’t get the help you need right away. First responders are already fighting one extraordinary battle, and they may not be able to be there for you.

Behavioral healthcare providers are taking the additional pressure off the community hospitals, emergency rooms, and urgent care centers by offering much more specialized treatment for substance use disorders. Many behavioral healthcare providers offer customized treatment plans and have doctors and nurses who can provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and detoxification services. These facilities have teams who are virus-informed, professionally sanitize living spaces, provide telehealth services, and are creative and innovative in their delivery of care. Creating a safe, supportive, medically monitored, trauma- and virus-informed space is more important than it ever was before.

If you are reading this, you are probably searching online for a center that sounds “just like that!” I encourage you to call. I encourage you to harness your bravery and demand from yourself an honest answer about why you are putting this off.

Don’t delay any longer. If you’re abusing drugs and alcohol, your immune system isn’t strong, and you’re more prone to infection. COVID-19 is a serious threat to you if you smoke because your respiratory system is compromised. Many syringe users will begin to share due to potential shortages, exponentially increasing their odds of contracting the virus.

Attempting to detox alone can be fatal. Suddenly stopping the use of alcohol or benzodiazepines can not only make you feel like you’re dying, but it can also cause seizures or cardiovascular events that can lead to death. Your tolerance is already too high anyway. And it’s just not fun anymore.

I promised I wouldn’t say this, but I mean it: I support you.


Lindsey Fisher


Sierra by the Sea and Sunrise Ranch are licensed, accredited, nationally recognized behavioral health treatment facilities for adult men and women located in Newport Beach and Riverside, California. To speak to an admissions coordinator anytime 24/7, please call (800) 642-0047.

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