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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Gender a Factor for Mental Disorders

There are many differences between men and women, including how they are affected by mental illness. A recent study published by the American Psychological Association (APA) reports for women – anxiety and depression are a greater risk and for men – substance abuse and anti social behavior are the norm. The study underlines the need for gender-specific prevention and treatment options.

Women and Men Tend to Have Different Mental Health Issues

Researchers found that women who suffer from anxiety tend to internalize their emotions, leading to withdrawal and depression. Men handle anxiety differently, externalizing their emotions and exhibiting aggressive and impulsive behaviors. Results of the study led researchers to conclude that gender-based tendencies to either internalize or externalize negative emotions account for the differences in prevalent mental disorders between men and women.

The researchers noted that women suffer from depression more often than men do because they ruminate more about their problems, getting caught up in repetitive negative thoughts and emotions instead of working on active problem solving. Women who are affected by depression should be encouraged to focus on coping skills that will help them overcome negative rumination.

Past research has found that women who are being treated for a mental health disorder report more stressful life events than men do in the period leading up to the onset of the disorder. This implies that women may be subject to more stress, contributing to their habit of internalizing their anxiety.
The study also suggested that men who are in treatment for impulsive behaviors, including drug and alcohol abuse, should focus on channeling aggressive tendencies into non-destructive behavior.

Details from the study were published online by the APA in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. The study was based on data collected from 43,000 people who participated in a survey conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Participants in the survey, who represented a cross-section of American society, answered questions about lifetime mental health and their mental health during the previous 12 months. The study’s authors include researchers from several major U.S. universities.

When asked about depression, about 23% of women reported that they had suffered from it at some point in their life compared to about 13% of men. About 12% of women reported having a phobia about a specific object of situation, a condition only reported by 6% of men. On the other hand, about 17% of men reported having a problem with alcohol dependence compared to 8% of women.

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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)