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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Do’s and Don’ts of Family Visits to Rehab

As families trail in to visit their loved ones in rehab over the holidays, rehab staffs are often putting out fires on their way out.

Many family members often don’t understand how sensitive addicts are. Though many addicts try to harden their image with cavalier humor and dry sarcasm, more often than not they can dish it, but can’t take it. The following is a “Do’s and Don’t guide” to visiting your loved one in rehab.


  1. Don’t bring up family drama – Detoxing, eating meals and trying to shake off cravings are stressful enough, the added anxiety of the details of family feuding are not helpful to the recovery process.
  2. Don’t mention money –  It is pretty common knowledge that rehab is expensive. Reminding the client how much you are paying for their recovery evokes shame in the client that can illicit thoughts of being a failure which often trigger a relapse.
  3. Don’t mention weight gain  – Weight gain is common in recovery. Mentioning it will only embarrass the addict, which will most likely lead to passive aggressive behavior and will ruin your visit.
  4. Don’t make sarcastic remarks- Though it is glamorized on TV, rehab is not a glamorous place to be. Clients often feel controlled. Making sarcastic remarks about the facility or the addicts stay will also cause shame and embarrassment that is not helpful to recovery.
  5. Don’t discuss the future – We work very hard to keep the client “in the moment”. Talk about the weather, the news, but avoid topics of where they will move post-recovery, the job they’ll have, the pieces they need to pick-up. When the time comes they will work on that, but at this time the focus is recovery and not using drugs and alcohol.


  1. Do visit – Even if it is only for an hour or only a phone call , the addict needs to know you care about them and their recovery.
  2. Do arrive on time- The rehab is run on a tight schedule. Routine is apart of the recovery process. Please arrive on time in order to keep the routine of the clients consistent.
  3. Do praise your family members courage to go to rehab – The addict needs all of the encouragement and support they can get.
  4. Do discuss the weather and the news – Stick with the motto, “Small talk is the best talk.” More likely than not, healing is needed in the addicts family. Save feelings of hurt and disappointment for a time when a therapist is present, not during the 1 hour you have to visit.
  5. Do make a point to meet the staff – The staff has been working with your loved one, every day for the past few months. Make a point to meet them and ask the questions about progress and potential discharge date.
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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)