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

Meth Addiction Signs, Symptoms & Effects

Understanding the signs, symptoms, and possible effects of methamphetamine addiction can be an important first step on the path toward successful long-term recovery. Sierra by the Sea in Newport Beach, California, is proud to be a source of accurate and relevant information about the impact of meth addiction.

Understanding Meth Addiction

Learn about meth addiction

Methamphetamine, or meth, addiction is a type of substance use disorder that involves consistent consumption of increasing amounts of meth. Meth is a drug in the class of stimulants, which are substances that cause a sharp increase in energy levels and elevated mood.

Using meth causes an individual to experience signs and symptoms that have an impact on the body and the mind. Several mental and physical effects that are related to the use of this stimulant include meth craving, tolerance, and withdrawal. Cravings for meth occur when an individual has a strong urge or desire to consume the substance. The desire and search for this substance often impairs an individual’s ability to complete typical daily tasks and responsibilities.

Tolerance to meth develops as a result of an individual regularly consuming the substance in increasing quantities. At that point, the body develops a dependence on the substance. When an individual no longer consumes large quantities of meth or entirely stops using meth, the body responds by entering a state of withdrawal.

It is important to note that meth is one of the most addictive substances, with some cases of meth addiction developing less than one week after initial use. For these reasons, it is vital to seek appropriate care quickly if you believe that you or a loved one may have developed a meth addiction.

Statistics

Statistics about meth use and addiction

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have published the following statistics about meth addiction in the United States:

Causes and Risk Factors for Meth Addiction

Potential causes of meth addiction

Some individuals experience an increased risk for developing a meth addiction than others. Substance use disorders, including an addiction to methamphetamines, have a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors. These include:

  • Personality traits such as impulsivity and risk-taking behaviors
  • Presence of other mental health conditions such as antisocial personality disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and other substance use disorders
  • Being raised in or exposed to environments with consistent meth use
  • Childhood history of conduct disorder
  • Exposure to violent environments

Signs and Symptoms of Meth Addiction

Symptoms of meth addiction

The signs and symptoms of someone with a meth addiction may vary but, generally speaking, an individual may display the following:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Borrowing or stealing money
  • Shrouding one’s whereabouts in secrecy
  • Poor performance in school or at work
  • Failing to maintain personal commitments

Physical symptoms:

  • Major weight loss
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Significant damage to teeth and gums
  • Increased pulse
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Hypertension

Mental symptoms:

  • Agitation
  • Impaired judgment
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Memory issues
  • Disorientation

Effects of Meth Addiction

The negative impact of meth addiction

No matter how minor an addiction may seem, if left untreated it has the potential to negatively impact the life of you or your loved one. Impaired mental processes, physical symptoms, and behavioral changes resulting from meth addiction can all lead to seriously damaging effects, such as:

  • Arrest and incarceration
  • Development or worsening of certain medical conditions
  • Poor attendance or performance at work or in school
  • Chronic unemployment
  • Inability to form new relationships or maintain current relationships
  • Struggles to communicate verbally
  • Risk of eviction and/or homelessness
  • Financial ruin
  • Increased risk of violence

While meth addiction is a serious condition that can cause someone to experience many difficulties, these outcomes are not guaranteed. Those individuals who receive the proper type and level of care have an increased chance of living a full life and healing from their addiction to methamphetamines.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Common co-occurring disorder among people who are addicted to meth

Many people who are addicted to meth also experience other mental health conditions, including other substance use disorders. Meth is a highly addictive substance that has the potential to cause other mental health conditions to worsen due to its serious impact on the brain and body. Some common co-occurring disorders include:

  • Other substance use disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Gambling disorder

Effects of Meth Withdrawal and Overdose

Withdrawing from meth and the risk of overdose

Effects of withdrawal: An individual who is experiencing withdrawal from meth may experience some of the following physical and mental symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Seeing, hearing, or feelings sensations that are not real
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors to hand or other body parts
  • Inability to sleep
  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea, stomach pain

Effects of overdose: An individual who has consumed dangerous quantities of meth is at risk for an overdose. Overdoses are extremely dangerous and may lead to death if an individual does not receive emergency medical care. Any individuals demonstrating the signs or symptoms of a meth overdose requires immediate medical attention. Common symptoms of an overdose include:

  • Slowed breathing, which may cause someone to stop breathing
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Very low levels of oxygen in the blood
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Entering a coma

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)