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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Why Alcoholics Enjoy Drinking

Alcoholism is Progressive and Deadly

Ask heavy drinkers why they drink and one of the answers is bound to be that they drink because alcohol makes them feel good. Now scientists are one step closer to understanding why some people can drink in moderation while others crave alcohol so much that they become alcoholic.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have announced new findings on how alcohol acts on the brain to make drinkers feel good. A UCSF study of a heavy drinkers found that drinking alcohol triggers the release of natural opiate-like endorphins in the pleasure and reward areas of the brain.

The study involved 13 heavy drinkers and 12 control subjects who did not drink heavily. Each test subject was given an alcohol drink and PET imaging was used to map the effects of the alcohol on test subjects’ brains. For both groups of subjects, drinking alcohol caused endorphins to be released. For the heavy drinkers, the release of endorphins led to stronger feelings of intoxication. This may mean that differences in the brains of heavy drinkers make them more susceptible to the alcohol-induced effects of feel-good endorphins.

According to lead author of the study, Jennifer Mitchell, PhD, the study indicates that people who have more of a reaction to endorphins that are released in response to alcohol are more likely to enjoy drinking and become alcoholics. The study could help scientists understand how and why some people develop drinking problems while others don’t. Researchers have suspected for decades that alcohol acts on endorphins and have conducted related animal studies, but the UCSF study marks the first time that endorphin release following alcohol consumption has been observed in human subjects.

The new findings may hold the key to more focused treatments for people who abuse alcohol and drugs. Now that scientists understand the specific areas of the brain that are affected by alcohol, treatments may be able to target those areas. “Heavy drinkers report a lot of pleasure from a drink of alcohol. That’s why we think drug treatment could be effective – if we can block that high, eventually they’ll learn that drink isn’t worth it anymore,” said Mitchell.

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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
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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)