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, 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, on-site 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.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Betty Ford and The Big Lie

Several years ago, Betty Ford came out with a brilliant phrase that described addiction in three words — “The Big Lie.”

Through my own experience as a alcoholic and a drug addict, I can tell you she is right on the money, I remember at the time when the commercials ran, I did not get it, actually I was just starting my own hard bumpy road of lies and warped perceptions. My friends and myself made fun of that phrase for years.

When I took those first drinks and began smoking marijuana, honestly I could not remember what my head was saying. But what I can tell you is that years later I began experimenting with cocaine,heroin, quaaludes, ecstasy, methamphetamines, mushrooms, and many other drugs. I would occasionally try and stop or moderate. That is when I learned first hand exactly what Mrs. Ford was talking about. I will never forget that morning.

I had managed to get myself in quite a bit of legal trouble and agreed to go to treatment. There was a doctor there that did a lecture on the disease concept of addiction. I remember him talking about the pleasure receptors in an addicts brain… these will eventually quit “firing.”

And I could certainly relate to that. Before I went to treatment, I could not get high anymore and I could not get sober either. It was horrific!

So I was sitting in my condo dwelling on all the trouble I had gotten myself into. I had no defense against drug use and was not working any type of recovery program. I finally talked myself into going and buying some crack cocaine. All the way there I was telling myself how it would not change anything. Though I told myself I would just use once. I got the stuff and got back to my place and did it. I took that first hit and it was the most beautiful thing I had ever experienced. That is why I loved this stuff so much. I did not know at the time what was going on. See, I had given my brain a chance to heal. When I took that first hit, my pleasure receptors said “Bingo! This is marvelous! Everything is going to be ok!” This is the BIG LIE.

When I came down from my drug high, all my problems were right there again and the only way I could feel better was to get more. The problem was that my pleasure receptors grew dull and non responsive. So there I went again – chasing my tail until I got in even more trouble. I was trying to be rid of the fear.

Finally, Surrender

After over twenty years of experimenting and trying to control the situation and prove that I was different. I finally surrendered. My way did not work and never would.

I began taking suggestions, I was able to do step one immediately. Steps 2,3,4, and 5 took me years to fully understand and do. That is right, they took me years. This is one of the reasons I do not understand a lot of treatment programs that want these steps done in 30,60,or 90 days.

Had anyone forced me to do these steps, I probably would not be here today. At my own pace with the help of a couple of different sponsors I was able to complete the steps and finally experience for myself, that everything these 12 step programs are talking about is true.

Slowly but surely, I have developed a relationship with a power greater then myself that is better then any drug I have ever done at anytime.

I was able to change mentally, morally, and emotionally through a series of actions. I have had a psychic change, and when I lose touch with that higher power I have other ways to connect and be rid of fear. There are many times during the week I feel just as euphoric. Sometimes I can feel ten times more euphoric than I ever did while using drugs.

Today, I am not scared or fearful nearly as much. Sometimes I get scared for other people when I hear them say things like “I can do it on my own.” Thought I know that as long as they keep coming back, they will have a chance at the same awakening experience that I have had.

Its like being “rocketed into the fourth dimension” – I could never had dreamed it would be so good.

Thanks to my higher power – some call it God. For many that stands for

– Alumni Blogger

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)