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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Vivitrol Suboxone Aided

Our treatment staff is continually improving Sierra by the Sea’s tools to provide the best possible chance at long term recovery.

Reducing Cravings Increases Long Term Results

Sierra by the Sea’s men’s residential program provides a comfortable, exclusive, and highly supervised treatment environment for men to successfully get their first 30 to 90 days sober. With long term recovery in mind, we always aim to prepare the men to “step down” to the next level of treatment (rather than cease treatment after 30 to 90 days of successful sobriety).

Since our goal is to give men the best chance at maintaining sobriety, it follows that our staff has been educated in the use of medication that makes detoxification more comfortable and reduces cravings in early sobriety. Examples include:

  • buprenorphine (sold as Suboxone and Subutex)
  • naltrexone (sold as Vivitrol, Revia, and Depade)

The men’s program treatment staff is almost exclusively composed of men who are in recovery themselves. Based on our years of experience, we did not take the adoption of these groundbreaking new medications lightly.

We have now reviewed enough scientific research (as well as our own personal experiences treating men with these drugs) to have mastered the appropriate use of the medications. Sierra by the Sea’s men’s residential program staff encourages the use of Suboxone or Vivitrol when appropriate and only if it will be complemented by a thorough program of recovery.

Suboxone and Subutex are the brand names for a medication called buprenorphine, which has had remarkable success in aiding the recovery of opiate-dependent individuals in recent years.

Buprenorphine is an “opioid antagonist” which means that it makes the brain’s receptors to opiate-based drugs less able to process the opioid that the individual is addicted to. This makes the cravings and withdrawal less painful for the user during the detoxification process and also reduces cravings during early sobriety.

Examples of drugs that are “opiate based” include:

  • Heroin
  • Oxycontin (oxycodone)
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone)
  • Norco
  • Methadone
  • Percocet (Percodan)
  • Dilaudid
  • Morphine
  • Soma
  • Darvocet
  • Dilaudid
  • Fentanyl

Suboxone is usually administered via injection during the initial detoxification period.  We have been continuing the prescription of Suboxone well into early sobriety by prescribing the tablet version “Subutex,” which is taken by allowing it to dissolve in the mouth.

To begin the assessment process and find out if Suboxone or Subutex is right for you or your loved one, please call us at (949) 612-2210 to have your questions answered or fill out a private and confidential form on our contact us page.

Vivitrol (Naltrexone)

Vivitrol is a prescription medication that contains naltrexone, which is also an opioid antagonist. Other brand names for naltrexone include Revia and Depade. The most common use for Vivitrol is to reduce cravings for men and women recovering from alcoholism. Vivitrol has been shown to reduce the occurrence of relapse in recovering individuals (and also to reduce the severity of relapse).

Vivitrol is most often taken in tablet form that is swallowed orally once a day. The medication is considered safe and effective if the client participates in a program of recovery. Much like the above-referenced stories of success and failure with Suboxone, our staff strongly feels that Vivitrol is an effective complement to a treatment plan that addresses the individual’s mind, body, and spirit. Our staff of addiction experts is of the opinion that the man who uses Vivitrol alone and does not participate in a therapeutic program of recovery will only stay sober for a brief period of time until he relapses and then stops taking the Vivitrol prescription.

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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)