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

Changes in the Psych Manual

The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is up for its 5th edition. A possible revision is changing the terms of what clinicians, researchers, insurers, and others rely on to identify and classify psychiatric disorders like addictions. The revised guide, called DSM-5, will be incorporating changes to more than a dozen categories of disorders, including those related to mood, eating, and personality, as well as substance abuse and addiction. Scheduled for release in May 2013.

The new guidelines would do away with the diagnostic categories of “substance abuse,” which generally is defined by such short-term problems as driving drunk, and “substance dependence.” They would also diagnose disorders related to the use of alcohol, cigarettes, illicit or prescription drugs and other substances into a single 11-item list of problems typically associated with these disorders. The list covers issues such as being unable to restrict or control the use of that substance and failing to meet obligations at work, school or home.

This means people would be given a diagnosis based on how many criteria on that list they met: no disorder (0-1), mild disorder (2-3), moderate (4-5) or severe (6 or more).

Supporters say the proposed changes make it easier to identify and address drug or alcohol problems before they become serious. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, people are at risk for developing a substance use disorder if their drinking exceeds four drinks on any single day and more than 14 drinks per week for men and seven drinks per week for women.

However, some addiction experts worry that using the 11-point list of criteria to distinguish substance abuse disorders on a continuum from mild to severe suggests that there’s a natural escalation from non-use to occasional use to risky use to addiction.

“It’s similar to depression,” he says. “People are sad when bad things happen to them, but not all are on an escalator that will lead them to psychotic depression.”

Because the new guidelines use a single spectrum for substance use and addictive disorders, some addiction experts worry this will over-diagnose many people. Overdiagnosis of people who are simply struggling with a bout of depression or self-medicating with alcohol could lead to insurance companies raising their prices due to an absorption of funds from alcohol and substance abuse treatment.

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)