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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Drug Abuse and Bipolar Disorder

Teenagers with Bipolar Disorder often use drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication. So, while drug abuse is common among teenagers, some teens may have pre-existing mood disorders that can make matters worse. Bipolar disorder is characterized by dramatic changes mood swings over hours, days, or weeks. Sufferers can feel depressed and then swing to an expansive and grandiose mood out of nowhere. It’s what the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders calls a manic or hypomanic episode. On both sides of the spectrum teens are at risk to use drugs or alcohol.

Drug use is an attempt at self-treatment for many Bipolar sufferers. When they are depressed, marijuana can help them not think about their extreme pain. Cocaine and Amphetamines such as Adderall can give them a jolt. Alcohol is a numbing agent to the angst that is their life. When they are high, marijuana can slow everything down.

When a teen is manic, his judgment is poor. The moment, right now, is all that counts. The drug that is in front of him is the drug he’ll generally use. Bipolar teenagers abuse just about everything: LSD, ecstasy, heroin, mushrooms, PCP, marijuana, cocaine, meth, Oxycontin and others. On a college campus teens sometimes crush and snort Adderall.

This combination of Bipolar Disorder and drug use is one of the toughest treatment cases that psychiatrists have to deal with. It’s virtually impossible to treat a bipolar case when they’re abusing drugs. The client must first get sober from drugs and alcohol. This is because the drugs either exacerbate the disorder or cover it up. Bipolar Disorder is treatable; and it’s not uncommon to have good success in treating these cases when the client has agreed to drop their drug of choice. Then the process becomes giving them the standard treatment for Bipolar Disorder medication to stabilize their moods and psychotherapy to help them understand and prevent future manic episodes. Also, lifestyle changes that  provide ways to balance the body; including diet, exercise, sleep, socializing, support groups, therapy and spirituality.

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)