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

Is it Necessary to Suffer in Order Recover?

Is pain a necessary process of recovery?

We all have built in defense systems designed to prioritize what suffering is in others and how much to help.  The point of this blog is to draw awareness to this built in system, which in many individuals has become out of control, driving us to rationalize the suffering of others.

The “Just World” Concept

There is concept in the field of psychology known as the “just world” concept.  This concept is nothing new; it has been around for quite some time.  The concept is based on the belief that people who suffer do so based on poor decision making.  To a certain extent there is some truth to this aspect, but this is not related to the motives the individuals holding these beliefs are driven by.  I have found in my experiences that descriptions of people who justify suffering using their own hard fought experiences of suffering disturbing, but not entirely inaccurate.

Can You Can Pick your Bottom ?

It is perplexing how individuals who claim to be sympathetic to the plight of individuals caught in the throes of addiction truly believe that addicts need to suffer in order to be successful in recovery.  The pundits of this philosophy are the relics of a time gone by from a certain self help group.  I was at a 12-Step meeting just the other day and a fellow launched a salvo at a fairly youthful companion; His tone and content most disconcerting.  He stated that because my friend had not done enough suffering he is unlikely to be successful at recovery.  The unfortunate fact about this statement is that a lot of people buy into this concept that are either suffering from addiction themselves, or part of the support system of an addicted man.

There is no point letting someone’s life be further ruined in order for them to “get the addiction out of their system.” Men who are our brothers, fathers, sons, and husbands have lives that are worth fighting for.  Call our treatment facility at 877-937-7152 to begin the healing process.

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)