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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Increase in Prescription Drug Treatment

Seeking recovery from an addiction takes an incredible amount of surrender. Many addicts see their death bed before they will ever get to see the inside of a drug and alcohol treatment facility. The Canadian government is trying to make the option of recovery more available to OxyContin addicts in their country. OxyContin addicts in Canada are now seeking help from addiction recovery clinics now that the drug isn’t available in Canadian pharmacies.

Dr. Jim McGorman, an emergency department physician who works once a week out of the Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre in Canada says, “The clinic typically has one or two people every week call about getting help for their addiction. Over the past two weeks, 15 people have called regarding addiction issues.”

On March 1st 2012, drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma introduced OxyNEO, a tamper-resistant formulation of oxycodone to replace OxyContin. The new pill, which has a marshmallow-like texture, is nearly impossible to crush or inject – methods addicted users use to get around the drug’s slow-release formula. This move is hoped to change the face of opiate addiction in Ontario, Canada which has seen a 900 per cent increase in opiate use from 2001 to 2009. The province also has the highest rate of opioid use in the country. Between 2004 and 2006, Peterborough City and County ranked second highest for opioid prescriptions in the province.

Sierra by the Sea applauds the work of the Canadian government to help stop the abuse of opiates in the country. We encourage the USA to take the same steps to help our own citizens into recovery  here in the states.

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)