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

How Isolated Should A Rehab Be?

The setting of a rehab is an interesting topic of conversation often with two very different opinions.

Some believe that a rehab should be far removed from society. A place where the addict will have no outside distractions from city life that includes bars and the opposite sex. This type of rehab is based on the theory of keeping recovery as the primary focus for the addict to embrace the best recovery.  The other side of the coin is the theory that Life is not rehab. Real life does not take place in the remote woods, without the triggers of local bars, restaurant and night life The theory that these rehabs have is to place their treatment facilities in city’s where the client will be challenged to keep their recovery, but also able to work through those challenges with a rehab staff by their side.

When selecting the rehab that best suits your own recovery keep in mind detoxing and triggers. Does the setting of your rehab adequately support a client who needs detoxing from their addiction? A facility should have different levels of intensive treatment for the client as they progress. Does the rehabilitation center offer an environment where the addict will be triggered in a healthy way? Isolation and protection from triggers may be necessary for a short period of time, but isolation is not conducive to long-term recovery.

Based in sunny, Newport Beach, California Sierra by the Sea believes in the real life approach to recovery. After our clients have detoxed off of their drugs, we help them to make a day-to-day schedule filled with recovery meetings, school, work, therapy, exercise, chores and individual interests. Clients still live with a House Mom or House Dad who keeps the client accountable for their recovery, but the client is encouraged to be independent, utilizing our beach cruisers and biking to their appointments. We believe strongly that day-to-day recovery in a real life setting is what empowers clients to advocate for themselves against their addictions. The example of seeing other clients farther along in their recovery, living responsibly inspires clients to achieve the same level of progress.

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)