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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Social Phobias

Alcohol Abuse can be Exacerbated by Anxiety

One of the most common and yet least understood mental health problems worldwide is social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia). This anxiety disorder is caused by an irrational fear of interacting with other people in social situations. It is related to self-consciousness and the fear of criticism and humiliation. To others, people with social phobia may seem to be shy, introverted or unfriendly. In reality, most people with social phobia would like to interact more easily with others and fit into social situations. They are aware that their fears limit their opportunities and keep them from doing things they want to do, but they are unable to overcome them.

How Common is Social Anxiety Disorder?

Psychologists now believe that social anxiety is much more common than previously thought and that millions of people around the world suffer from this disorder. In the U.S., about 13% of the population will develop some form of social anxiety during their lifetime. Social anxiety may be limited to a specific type social interaction, such as a fear of speaking in public, meeting new people or making small talk at a party. In more serious cases it may take the form of a generalized anxiety disorder that impacts all aspects of an individual’s life.


Like other phobias, individuals suffering from social anxiety disorder usually understand intellectually that their fears are unfounded. However, this does not stop them from experiencing feelings of anxiety in social situations. Underlying their anxiety is a fear of judgment and deep feelings of inadequacy. The psychological effects of social anxiety disorder include low self-esteem, sensitivity to criticism, negative self-talk and lack of self assertion.

Social phobia has physical as well as psychological symptoms, including:

Racing heartbeat
Uncontrollable blushing
Rush of adrenaline
Profuse sweating
Nausea and stomach pain
Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
Muscle twitching and trembling
Shaky voice and other difficulties in speaking
Some of the more serious impacts of social phobia include problems with relationships, job problems, alcoholism and other types of substance abuse.


Researchers believe this disorder is caused by a mixture of genetics and environment. The disorder seems to run in families, indicating that there may be a hereditary component or that children may learn this behavior when they see it in their parents. There is also some indication that brain chemistry, such as an imbalance of serotonin, may contribute to social anxiety disorder. Women suffer from social anxiety disorder more often than men. In addition, children who experience chronic bullying, teasing or ridicule are thought to be more likely to develop this disorder.


With commitment, social phobia can be treated and overcome. It’s important to work with a social phobia specialist who understands that the self-consciousness that is part of this disorder takes time to overcome. Successful treatment methods include cognitive-behavioral therapy and behavioral group therapy that includes other patients with social phobia. In some cases, antidepressants may be used in combination with cognitive.

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  • Cigna
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  • 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)