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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Longer Lasting Drug Treatment

The treatment options for addiction to heroin and prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin have traditionally included daily medications.

These medications, including methadone and buprenorphine, act as substitutes for the addictive opioid drugs.  They suppress the symptoms of withdrawal without providing a high.  The risk in this form of treatment is that many addicts find it difficult to stick with the daily regimen of medication.  Missing a dose can trigger withdrawal and increase the chances of relapse.

Suboxone Implant

New treatments are becoming available that provide longer-lasting relief and reduce the reliance on daily medication dosages.  A matchstick-size buprenorphine implant that will work for up to six months at a time is currently undergoing final testing prior to evaluation by the FDA. The slow-release implant, called Probuphine, is placed under the skin and releases buprenorphine directly into the bloodstream.  Buprenorphine is currently administered by prescription in the form of a pill that is placed under the tongue.  Many people find the pill difficult to take on a daily basis, making a long-term implant an attractive treatment option.

Vivitrol Injections

Another new treatment option for addiction to heroin, morphine and opiate painkillers that was recently approved by the FDA consists of monthly injections of a drug calledVivitrol.  This drug, known generically as naltrexone, works on the body differently than methadone or buprenorphine.  It actually blocks the effects of opioid drugs and reduces the craving to take them.

 Vivitrol is already being used for the treatment of alcoholism.  About 45,000 people have used it since its approval in 2006.  There are good indications that it will be equally successful for the treatment of opioid addiction.  In a study conducted in Russia of 250 opioid addicts, 70% of test subjects who received Vivitrol stayed with treatment during the entire 6-month study.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are currently about 1.85 million people in the U.S. who are dependent on opioid painkillers. An additional 810,000 are addicted to heroin.  After undergoing initial detox, many people are required to make daily visits to a public clinic for methadone.  For those struggling with the daily requirements for medication, Vivitrol is a promising alternative treatment.

Vivitrol is not meant to replace the need for a detoxification program when first stopping the use of opioid drugs. Because Vivitrol blocks many of the effects of opioids, there’s greater risk of overdose if opioid use is resumed in the month following administration of a Vivitrol injection.  The FDA recommends that Vivitrol only be administered by a physician in a clinical setting.  While Vivitrol can help stop the cravings for heroin and narcotic painkillers, a recovering addict should also seek treatment for the underlying emotional and psychological issues that led to addiction.

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)