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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Co-Occurring Disorder Dual Diagnosis

We Have a Multi-Disciplinary Staff of Experts.

When the man initially stops using his drug of choice, he goes through a medically monitored detoxification process. Once the chemicals are out of his system he is ready for the recovery process to begin.

Close supervision by the staff of our facility (staffed 24 hours) provides support for early sobriety and frequent counseling sessions allow the clinicians to identify underlying issues that contribute to the substance addiction. Factors that are considered as the man is treated include:

  • choice of drugs and history of use
  • family of origin history
  • relationship history
  • social issues
  • cultural issues
  • medical history

 Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Other Issues

From over 25 years of treating men with alcoholism and addiction issues, we have seen first hand that it is often accompanied by another co-occurring disorder (or “dual diagnosis”) such as:

  • Depression or Bipolar Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Depressive disorders, such as depression and Bipolar Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Other psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and personality disorders

Being dually diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder like the above does not necessarily have long-term implications for the man in treatment – so if we identify symptoms of depression, it is not that we are levying a life sentence of psychiatric medications (often symptoms like these will alleviate with continued sobriety).


Co-Occurring Disorders Can Complicate Early Recovery

But identifying a dual diagnoses does affect the treatment program that is created. Sometimes drug addiction and alcohol abuse can exacerbate symptoms of psychological disorders (particularly anxiety and depression).  It is somewhat difficult to identify if the addiction is fueling the psychological symptoms or vice versa.

Our staff of addiction professionals will meet frequently to discuss the progress the man in treatment is making. If our facility psychiatrist recommends the prescription of medications, that will be closely monitored and only continued for as long as it is deemed necessary for the man.

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)