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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Anatomy and Addiction

For centuries alcoholism and addiction were viewed as personal failings. Many addicts were thought to lack a moral compass and discipline.

Research has proven that addiction is not only a disease, but one that is genetic. Recently, a group of neuroscientists from the University of Cambridge asked “Where exactly does this genetic component lie?” This research was recently published inScience, Feb 2012. Evidence showed that abnormalities in the connections between specific parts of the brain (within the inferior frontal lobe) underlie our ability or inability to control our behavior, the bedrock of addiction. Furthermore, their results provide insight into why siblings sometimes display quite different levels of impulse control and addiction.  More importantly, their study offers hope that it is possible to avoid the same fate as your addicted sibling —they’re just not sure how, yet.

The scientists chose to examine the brains from fifty biological sibling pairs. Each pair consisted of someone who was addicted to stimulant drugs (such as methamphetamine or cocaine); the sibling pair was required to have no history of drug or alcohol abuse. The information obtained from these siblings was compared to that obtained from fifty healthy and non-addicted volunteers who were unrelated and matched for age and level of intelligence.

The siblings, whether addicted to stimulants or not, both demonstrated personality traits that are highly predictive of vulnerability to long term drug abuse. The major behavioral symptom was having poor inhibitory control, for example it was quite difficult for them to stop doing something risky when instructed to do so. The scientists discovered a high correlation between an inability to control one’s behavior and a deformed structural integrity in brain regions that are critical for this ability.

Why is this finding so important? Because this research clearly demonstrates the important features of our brain anatomy, features that are present at birth, predispose us to drug addiction. In the past, the assumption was that the drug-taking experience altered the brain and all that was necessary was that we avoid the drug, cue the 80’s saying, “Just Say No.”  Essentially, this approach is doomed to failure because we inherit our self-control deficits at birth. The imbalance in control that develops between vulnerable brain regions is also thought to predispose people to thrill-seeking and impulsive behaviors such as gambling, sex and shopping.  An explanation for why one sibling succumbed to drug dependence while the other did not remains to be determined for later research.

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  • Cigna
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  • 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)