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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Drug Abuse on the Rise Among Baby Boomers

The Baby Boomers were the first generation in history to embrace widespread drug abuse.

Now they are proving the drug use is not limited to the young.  According to new research, drug abuse among adults aged 50 and older is on the rise.  Between the years 1992 and 2008, admission for drug addiction treatment for people in this age group nearly doubled.

Baby Boomers Have Open Minds about Drugs

Research data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates that alcohol is still the leading cause of hospital admission for Baby Boomers, but this age group (born between the years 1946 and 1964) is also abusing marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs in increasing numbers.  The report included these facts:

  • Hospital admissions due to alcohol abuse for people ages 50 and older decreased from 85% to 60% between 1992 and 2008.
  • Admissions for cocaine abuse increased nearly fourfold, from 3% to 11%.
  • Admissions for heroin abuse doubled, from 7% to 16%.
  • Marijuana abuse treatment rose from 0.6% to 3%.
  • Prescription drug abuse went from 0.7% to 3.5% of admissions.  This includes the drugs oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone, among other drugs.
  • Most notably, the number of older Americans seeking treatment for the abuse of multiple substances went from 14% to 40%.

According to Kathy Greenlee, Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Aging, as the Baby Boomer generation ages, “a critical aspect of senior health is the ability to be free of alcohol and drug addiction.”  Since Baby Boomers came of age at a time when recreational drug abuse was widespread, many view it as an essential part of their lifestyle and have difficulty in admitting that their use of drugs is a problem.  Adding to the problem is the fact that many of the problems associated with aging, including retirement, finances, health issues and the death of friends and spouses, can cause older people to increase their use of drugs.

Many of the Baby Boomer drug abusers have not picked up their habit recently, but have been using illicit drugs for decades.  As they become seniors, the chance of experiencing health problems as a result of years of drug abuse increases.  There is also a greater chance of injury from falls and other accidents when older people are impaired by drugs.  Confusion from drug interactions can be misdiagnosed as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  An additional concern is the risk of interactions between illicit substances and prescribed medications.  These interactions are often life-threatening.

Many treatment facilities are unprepared for an influx of older abusers.  Projections indicate that the number of drug treatment facilities will need to double by 2020 to handle the surge in senior abusers.  The treatment of drug abuse by the Woodstock generation is likely to put additional strains on a national health care system that is already in crisis.

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)