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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Connection Between Pain & Anxiety

Everyone experiences pain, but the severity and duration of pain can be more intense for those suffering from anxiety and depression. Harvard Medical School has recently reported that there is a connection between chronic pain, anxiety disorders and depression. People suffering from anxiety and depression have been found to experience more severe and longer-lasting pain than other people. This is especially true for chronic conditions that are associated with pain, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, nerve pain and lower back pain.

Drinking Can be Exacerbated by Pain, Depression, and Anxiety

It was once thought that the connection between pain, anxiety and depression was “all in the mind” and was purely psychological in nature. Researchers believed that since chronic pain is hard to deal with, depression was to be expected. There was also a belief that depression itself had painful physical symptoms. As scientists have learned more about the interdependencies between the brain, nervous system and body, they have formed new theories related to the biological connection between pain, anxiety and depression.

Increased Risks of Substance Abuse

In addition to being connected to pain, anxiety and depression commonly co-occur with substance abuse disorders. Government studies have found that people who are suffering from anxiety and depression are 2 to 3 times more likely to have a substance abuse problem during their lifetime. In many cases, substance abuse is an attempt to self-medicate the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Individuals who take prescription medication for pain and who also suffer from anxiety or depression are at much greater risk of developing a problem with dependence or addiction. The individual’s problems are exacerbated when withdrawal symptoms from medication abuse leads to greater anxiety which in turn can lead to increased substance abuse.

Treatment Options for Overlapping Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Treatment is challenging when pain, anxiety and depression overlap, especially if substance abuse is involved. When focus is placed on treating a patient’s pain, co-existing psychiatric disorders are often ignored. The most effective form of treatment for pain and overlapping disorders is psychotherapy which may or may not be combined with drug therapy.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for pain and many psychiatric disorders. CBT is based on the premise that thoughts, feeling and sensations are related and that patients can learn coping skills that will help manage both pain and psychiatric disorders.

Relaxation techniques such as yoga, progressive muscle relaxation and mindfulness training can help people suffering from pain to deal with their response to stress. Untreated stress worsens the symptoms of pain, anxiety and depression.
Hypnosis, whether administered by a therapist or in the form of self-hypnosis, is used successfully by many individuals for the treatment of pain as well as anxiety and depression.

Lifestyle changes can also be used to treat pain, anxiety and depression. Regular physical activity, a healthy diet and getting the proper amount of sleep can improve symptoms of anxiety and depression while helping to alleviate some of the symptoms of chronic pain.

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)