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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Managing Medical Complications

Health complications of addictions

Treating men for addiction to drugs and alcohol is complicated and difficult.

Men (and women) who use drugs in an abusive way often also exhibit a dual diagnosis (like trauma, depression, anxiety disorder, etc.). 80% of alcoholics exhibit another axis I disorders.

The price that the body pays for the abuse of alcohol is high as well and complicates the treatment we provide even further.

Heavy drinking (more than 5 drinks a day for men) causes problems with the gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems.

Gastrointestinal Complications

Chronic heavy alcohol consumption can lead to fatty liver (steatosis), alcoholic heptatits, and cirrhosis. Steatosis- the first stage of alcoholic liver disease-can occur from heavy drinking for just a few edays but can be reversed with abstincence from alcohol. Prolonged use can lead to alcoholic hepatitis.

Symptoms of Steatosis include:

Abdominal pain and tenderness
Lack of appetite
Spider-like blood vessels
Increased bleeding
Cirrhosis of the Liver

Liver damage that occurs from alcoholically drinking is not necessarily reversible by abstinence and cirrhosis can develop. Cirrhosis is a potentially fatal liver disease and is contracted by about 70% of patients who have developed alcoholic hepatitis.

Some of the common physical manifestations of cirrhosis include:

Generalized weakness
Anorexia (with signs of malnutrition)
Increased bleeding
Acute Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is the most common cause of hospitalization from alcohol related GI complications. Is seen more often than liver disease, although it is not as closely associated with alcoholism in the public eye. The severity of acute pancratitis can vary but it can be very difficult to treat and is often fatal. The treatment of pancreatitis is very unpleasant and there can be nothing taken orally – not any water. The sad fact for many alcoholics that develop pancreatitis is that they end up in the hospital with the sensation that they would like nothing more than a drop of water but cannot even have that – due to years of imbibing liquor.

Cardiovascular Effects

Recently news stories that have trumpeted the potential “benefits” of light drinking on the cardiovascular system have probably done more harm to people than good.

Heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of hypertension and ischemic heart disease. Incidence of hypertension is two-fold greater in individuals who have more than two alcoholic drinks per day and highest in the demographic who has more than 5 per day.

Prolonged excessive alcohol consumption is the leading cause of nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy.

Symptoms of alcoholic cardiomyopathy include:

Loss of appetite
Irregular pulse
Producticve cough (with pink/frothy material)
Lower extremity edema
Cardiac function CAN recover with early diagnosis and alcohol abstinence.

Cognitive Decline

The effects of moderate or light drinking on cognitive function have been the controversial subject of many studies. One thing that is known for certain is that heavy drinking (over 30 drinks per week) is known to cause cognitive decline and serious impairment to the ability of the user to think and react to normal life situations.

Alcohol dependent individuals have a hard time with verbal enunciation, short term memory problems, and exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Getting Help

It is heartbreaking when someone comes to our treatment center with some of the symptoms or diseases above and has to face the reality that their drinking has caused them issues that can permanently change their ability to function and may end their lives.

People who are in the throes of alcoholism often also exhibit a strong sense of denial and it can be extremely difficult to get men to agree to alcoholism treatment. Contact our treatment center because we can help connect you with a professional who is trained to confront family members who lives are threatened by their drug or alcohol use.

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)