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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Fentanyl is a Popular Opiate Drug

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate used to help patients manage severe pain. Obviously, it is highly addictive and widely abused. We often see women and men come to our treatment center seeking help for this opiate addiction which has led them to seek out Fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic (pain killer). The synthetic opiate is with a pain killing potency at about 80 to 100 times more than morphine. Fentanyl is used to help patients manage severe pain, treat pain after a surgery, or during a surgery (ie heart procedure). The potent synthetic opiate is also sometime used to treat patients with chronic pain, who are physically tolerant to opiates.

When a physician prescribes Fentanyl it is usually administered via an injection, trans-dermal patch, or lozenge form. There are several forms of Fentanyl available through prescription. Some of them are known as:

  • Fentora
  • Onsolis
  • Instanly
  • Abstral
  • Alfentanil (Aflenta)
  • Sufentanil (sufenta)
  • Actiq

Actiq is the lollipop of Fentanyl. Actiq is formed to be solid and put on a stick that slowly dissolves in your mouth for trans-mucosal absorption. Actiq is used for individuals that are treating pain from cancer and already have a tolerance to opiates.

Fentanyl is often crushed and smoked, it makes a sweet smell due to the sugar it is mixed with, hence the name “shug.”

Duragesic is a transdermal patch used for chronic pain management. Sublimaze is the original form introduced in the 1960 which is injected, and Carfentanil is used in veterinary practice to sedate certain large animals.

Abusing the pharmaceutical Fentanyl first appeared in the 1970’s, since then there has been 12 different analogues of Fentanyl that have been produced secretly and identified in the U.S. drug traffic. Mostly used by intravenous administration, but like heroin you can also smoke or snort the pain killing drug. Fentanyl is abused for its intense euphoric effects and can serve as a direct substitute for heroin in opioid dependent individuals.

Fentanyl causes a reaction similar to heroin, morphine or other opioid drugs like OxyContin. They drive up the dopamine levels in the brain and cause a state of euphoria and relaxation. However, Fentanyl is a very dangerous substitute for heroin because of how much more potent it can be is compared to heroin.

Most overdoses of Fentanyl are caused be mixing the prescribed drug with a street drug like heroin or cocaine. Besides overdosing, mixing the drugs can cause respiratory /drowsiness, depression, arrest, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation, unconsciousness, coma, tolerance fallowed by addiction.

Street names for the drug include

  • apache
  • shug (shoog or sug)
  • china girl
  • china white
  • dance fever
  • friend
  • goodfella
  • jackpot
  • murder 8
  • TNT
  • Tango and Cash.

Individual abuse of Fentanyl has lead to pharmacy theft, fraudulent prescriptions, and illicit distribution by patients, physicians and pharmacists. There has also been reported theft in nursing and long-term care facilities. From April 2005- March 2007 there was an outbreak of overdoses and deaths, the DEA surveillance system reported 1,013 confirmed non-pharmaceutical deaths. Overdoses of fentanyl should be treated immediately with an opiate antagonist. This reacts with the opiates effectively and blocks the receptor, preventing the body from responding to opiates and endorphins.

Fentanyl was first synthesized in Belgium by Dr. Paul Janssen in the late 1950’s, and introduced into medical practice in the 1960’s as an intravenous anesthetic. The purpose for the narcotic was to use as an anesthesia and pain killer for surgery procedures like heart surgery or cancer patients.

Treatment for Fentanyl Addiction

Our treatment center in Southern California has been helping women and men overcome opiate addiction for over 25 years.  Our facility has been known to achieve a high percentage of successful outcomes because of our holistic focus that treats the mind, body and spirit.

We employ a 12-Step based treatment regimen that included a wide variety of evidence based treatment practices that allows us to personalize every client’s treatment program to give them the best possible chance at recovering from fentanyl (opiate) addiction.

For more information about the treatment programs offered in the Sierra by the Sea network, please call us today.

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)