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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Similarities Between Internet and Drug Addiction

Internet addiction may be the next epidemic of diagnosed addictions. Researchers and clinicians are co-diagnosing clients in drug and alcohol treatment centers with Internet addiction.

However, when it comes to treatment, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5, (DSM 5) provides the only restraint.

The DSM 5 has chosen to relegate Internet addiction to an obscure appendix rather than legitimizing it as an official psychiatric diagnosis. But Internet addiction seems to be picking up momentum even without DSM 5 endorsement.

Is Everyone “Partially” Addicted to the Internet?

Most of us know the feeling of being hooked on our electronic devices, and that some people are harmed by what develops into an unhealthy attachment to them. The question is how best do treatment facilities understand, define, and deal with this? What does the term “addiction” truly mean, and when is it a useful way of describing our passions and needs? We don’t consider ourselves addicted to our cars, TVs, refrigerators, or air conditioners. Is attachment to the Internet different? If so, how and what do we do about it?

The Definition of Internet Addiction

The definition of Internet addiction is closely related to the definition of drug addiction, so this is the best place to start if we are to gain understanding and avoid confusion. Three features define drug addiction:

Tolerance: Needing more of the substance to get the same desired result.

Withdrawal: Feeling irritable when you try to stop.

Compulsiveness: Continuing the substance even if the pleasure is largely gone and the cost is extremely high (For example: health, work, friendships, financial, and or legal consequences).

Drug addiction means being enslaved and not being able to stop using, despite the lousy cost/benefit ratio of no longer getting much pleasure from the drug while suffering much harm from it. This brings us to “Internet addiction.” Granted, lots of us are furiously checking emails in restaurants and in the middle of the night, feel lost when temporarily separated from our electronic friends, and spend every spare minute googling, texting, or playing games. But does this really qualify us as addicts? No, not usually, not unless our attachment is compulsive and without reward or usefulness; interferes with participation and success in real life; and causes significant distress or impairment.

For most people, the tie to the Internet, however powerful and consuming, brings much more pleasure or productivity than pain and impairment. This is more love affair and/or tool using than enslavement and is not best considered the stuff of mental disorder. It would be silly to define as psychiatric illness behavior that has now become so much a necessary part of everyone’s daily life and work. However, the internet is still fairly new in conjunction so is our use of it. Whether or not Internet addiction is recognized as a mental disorder in the future is in the hands of the DSM.

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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
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  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)