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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Baby Boomers Using Drugs and Getting High

Although drug abuse awareness ads and public service announcements typically target teens and younger adults, drug abuse does occur with older ones as well.

Drug abuse and addiction is a growing problem as the Baby Boomer generation ages.  According to experts, many of these baby boomers who are mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, and even grandfathers and grandmothers are lifelong drug users who may be dependent on many different illegal drugs.  A recent report looks at the problem and how more treatment will be required for an increasing number of adults.

A Growing Generation of Drug Users

According to a recent report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the percentage of older Americans who are using illicit drugs is on the rise.  It found that 4.7% of adults in the US that are 50 years or older used illegal drugs during the past year.   It is a number that represents an increase from previous years and is predicted to be on the rise, due to the history of drug usage by adults in that generation.

Marijuana is the illegal drug that is most abused by the over 50 crowd, but prescription drug abuse is a growing concern as well.  The report discovered that in the male 50 to 54 age category, 8.5% of men used marijuana in the past month of the study.  3.9% of women in the same group also had used marijuana.

Some older adults today never quit using drugs during their life and their abuse followed them to this day.  Prescription drugs were the easy choice for them to pick up, due to the ease in which it is obtained and used.  Instead of smoking a joint, they simply take pain medication or sleep pills that are not prescribed to them for medicinal purposes.  The prescription drugs most abused by Baby Boomers vary, but usually include Valium,Vicodin, OxyContin, Ambien, and Dexedrine.

In addition, alcohol is still widely abused by older adults.  Experts feel it is the “king of abused substances”, due to the social acceptability, ease of purchasing, and familiarity.  Alcoholism is a problem for all ages, but is especially difficult for older adults.  It is very difficult for younger family members to know what to say to an older family member who needs treatment for alcoholism.

A Need for More Treatment Services as Generation Ages

Because of these findings, SAMHSA feels that the demand for alcoholism and addiction treatment services could possibly double in the next decade and strain an existing treatment system that could be unprepared.  It feels that more prevention programs are required, not only for older adults, but for users of all ages.  There is a need to establish improved screening services and to refer these patients to the appropriate treatment during routine health care services.  In addition, better support services will be desired to assist those needing to get themselves clean.

Get Help Today Instead of Waiting

If you feel you have a problem, dependency, or addiction, there are treatment options available for you today, no matter what your age.  You can get yourself clean today and receive treatment for whatever substance you may be abusing or dependent on.  Do not delay any further, because there are many more that will need help in the near future and treatment options will dwindle.  Call us today at (949) 612-2210 to get started and to have your questions answered.

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)