Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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.

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Saudi Arabian Doctor Studies U.S. Addiction Treatment

There’s a new kind of import that the United Arab Emirates can expect to receive from the United States: 12-Step based addiction treatment.

In a recent AP story, a reporter interviewed and followed a health care executive named Mohammed Al-Turaiki from Saudi Arabia.  Al-Turaiki has visited addiction treatment facilities in the United States to meet doctors and learn about the protocols of addiction treatment in the United States. He chose the area of Detroit and specifically Brighton Hospital because of a known population of Arab Americans in the area – some of whom have recovered from addiction or alcoholism with the help of drug rehabilitation. Mohammed Al-Turaiki spent time also talking with the patients who have recovered from addiction and alcoholism to find out more about the treatment programs that helped them do so.

12-Step Philosophy is Clearly at the Core

One thing that is a given is that the 12-Step program of recovery will be utilized in the treatment facility that Mohammed will create in the United Arab Emirates.  There is already an Arabic-English 12-step program in place in the Detroit area and it has shown to be widely adopted by the area Arab Americans who are in recovery.

One thing that plays into the favor of 12-Step program adoption is that Muslim Arabs will feel right at home with the concepts of “turning your will and recovery over to a ‘higher power.’” The original 12-Step program was developed out of a Christian background but very early on any specific reference to Christianity was removed and the 12-Step literature was carefully modified to refer to a “non-denominational” higher power. This would be the exact scenario that the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous would have had in mind when they changed their literature to broaden the potential audience.

Special Concerns Regarding Denial

Denial is part of the disease of the alcoholic/addict mind and is one of the main barriers to getting eligible patients into treatment in the United States.  An entire industry of interventionists has come to fruition due to the need for a process to confront the addicted person and compel them to accept treatment.

Denial will be an especially difficult barrier to treatment in Saudi Arabia as the substance of alcohol is illegal (let alone drugs) and the Qur’an (Islamic religious text) forbids its use.

This is where the choice of Brighton Hospital in Detroit was a particularly good choice for Mohammed Al-Turaiki.  The addiction experts at Brighton Hospital already have a protocol in place where they have an Arab American in recovery meet with new Arabic patients in order to break down some of the stigma of being chemically dependent on drugs or alcohol.

We wish Mohammed Al-Turaiki the best of luck implementing his treatment centers in the Middle East and we look forward to following this process in the news to see how the treatment centers are received.

Recovery is fueled by hope and courage and an exploration of the underlying factors such as trauma. Our treatment driven by compassionate and trauma-informed care provides the foundation of recovery and healing.

– Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Chief Executive Officer
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)