Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus.
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/clients/guests, 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, visitation is no longer allowed at Sierra by the Sea.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Alternate methods of communication, including telehealth, are being vetted and 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Ashes to Beauty – How Pain Can Pave the Future

Sierra by the Sea’s drug and alcohol addiction treatment for women is rooted in a science-based, research-supported clinical model to ensure a healthier life without addiction.

In my past I haven’t dealt very well with pain- few of us do. Some mask their pain with achievement, intellect, wealth and relationships. Others choose alcohol and drugs – mine isn’t quite as glamorous. The way I masked my pain was through food. Whether it was the lack of it or the consumption of it, an eating disorder consumed my life for many years acting as a protective barrier between my pain and my mind. While I counted calories and researched a new diet plan I had very little time to recall the pain of trauma, rejection and heartbreak. The problem is that pain is like a weed. Unless you pull it out from the root it will continue to multiply. At 24, I had cultivated a field of weeds that had erupted into a massive fire.  I walked into a therapist office and asked for help. There the pain of my past started to pave my future.

“The truth shall set you free.” It’s one of my favorite quotes because it truly works. As I started to talk about the pain over one small thing it allowed me to unveil another and then another. When I started to see my wounds I became able to feel them and it wasn’t pretty (we’re talking mascara everywhere.) The beautiful thing is that as I sifted through the rubble of my pain I was able to prevent many of these events from recurring in the future. Not solely in my own, but the future of many others.

The ashes of my past have become the foundation of a non-profit I have founded, Rewrite Beautiful. Rewrite Beautiful creatively changes how girls see beauty in themselves for eating disorder prevention through education. We go into schools and educate students about the harms of eating disorders and teach them a creative alternative to how they see beauty. Through this program I have watched many girls crumble to tears in front of me. I remind them, whatever your pain is you have an opportunity to build something beautiful from it. I am not the only woman who has done this, The Ken Carlson Foundation, Kind Campaign, Wonderfully Made and millions of mentors and volunteers who serve everyday are evidence of people who have been hurt and now prevent their pain from happening to others. Start pulling the weeds of your past out and cultivate a beautiful new forest – not just for you, but for the many people in years to come.

Recovery is fueled by hope and courage and an exploration of the underlying factors such as trauma. Our treatment driven by compassionate and trauma-informed care provides the foundation of recovery and healing.

– Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Chief Executive Officer
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)