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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Personal Truth on Drinking Problem

Honestly ask yourself, “Do I have a drinking problem?”

No one is watching you read this, and no one can hear your thoughts but you. No one has your feelings except you. This is a tough question because it requires a tough answer. And it may demand that you make a change in the way you view and use alcohol. If you think you are too old or too young to have a drinking problem, you are mistaken. If you think that you’re the wrong gender, the wrong social or economic group, the wrong race – you are mistaken on all counts because whoever and wherever you are, alcohol is an equal-opportunity destroyer.

Has anyone told you, within the past year, that you have a drinking problem? If so, how did you react? Did you try to cut down on your drinking, or confine your drinking to certain situations or places – at home, after work, only beer, never while you’re driving, etc? Think about why you drink and how much you drink: does it take more alcohol to make you feel “buzzed” than it did a year ago? Maybe you’ve started drinking alone so others won’t criticize you. Maybe you’ve begun to miss days at work or at school because you’re hung over. Do you have a physical or mental health condition that becomes worse when you drink – and you drink anyway? Think about feeling sick and hung-over after a period of heavy drinking; do a few quick drinks make you feel better?

If you went to a professional who’s familiar with problem drinking, these are the kinds of questions you’d be asked. You’ve probably already guessed that if you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you should pay attention: they are the symptoms that addiction professionals use to diagnose alcohol dependence – in plain terms, alcoholism. They indicate that your body depends upon the presence of alcohol to function. Yep, it’s too late. You’re addicted to alcohol and there’s no point in blaming yourself or someone else about why it happened. It did happen and now you must do something about it.

No, you don’t have to go to a support group and tell strangers that you’re an alcoholic. You don’t have to go to church and renounce the devil called “alcohol.” You don’t have to do anything at all – except stop drinking. You can’t cut down or confine your drinking to happy hour. This isn’t how addiction works. You have to stop drinking because if you don’t, you will die. Alcohol dependence is a chronic, progressive, and ultimately fatal disorder. It destroys your body, mind and spirit. Sooner or later, it will catch up with you and cause your death. So if you’re going to tell yourself the truth about your drinking behavior, then this very moment – the moment you read this – would be a good time.

This has been a private, quiet, introspective moment for you. There is nothing to fear, no one to blame, and no more secrets to keep from yourself or anyone else. From here, it’s much easier, as everything is when you deal with it honestly and with courage. You also know what you need to do now; talk with someone you trust like your doctor, a therapist, a minister, a nurse, another person with alcohol dependence – just make sure it’s someone who will tell you the truth, respect your privacy, and help you achieve your goal of complete abstinence from alcohol. There’s really no right way or wrong way – only your way. Whatever that is, do it now.

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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)