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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Cigarette Smoking Common in Recovery Field

A friend of mine who works here recently quit smoking after years of being a heavy smoker (he is in recovery himself with over a dozen years sober).

He actually was very upbeat and positive about the process and how it was going through the first 2 weeks which was really encouraging to hear. He is taking advantage of some of the supplements that are on the market which reduce the craving (i.e. nicotine patches and nicotine gum).

Having quit smoking a few short years ago myself (I waited until I had one year of sobriety) I can tell you that it is one of the most difficult things I have done – and also one of the most rewarding. I really despised the way I felt because of my smoking habit, and I knew that it would kill me eventually. It is such a relief to not have to spend my hard earned money on expensive cigarettes and enrich the companies who have enslaved me with their addictive chemicals. It is also a relief to not have to worry about the smell of the cigarettes trailing me around, or the stigma that comes along with being a smoker in our society that is becoming more and more “anti smoking” as time passes. One thing that I have always kind of liked about the recovery industry is that it is very non judgmental toward people who smoke because so often they are in recovery from much more destructive substances like alcohol (or cocaine, vicodin, oxycontin, etc.).

Nicotine Is the Most Common Addiction in the U.S.

You may not realize that nicotine addiction is more common than alcoholism or any other type of addiction in the United States. There are about 62 million cigarette “smokers” (not necessarily addicts) in the United States which represents almost thirty percent of the population. Cigarette smoking harms every organ in the body and cigarette smoking kills almost half a million US citizens.

Shocking Statistic

Cigarette Smoking kills more people than alcohol, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, are accidents, fire, and AIDS – COMBINED. Approximately 25 million citizens of the US who are alive today will most likely die of a smoking related disease.

Cigarettes Contain More That Is Dangerous Than Just Nicotine

We have long been told that nicotine is not the only psychoactive ingredient in tobacco. Using advanced brain imaging technology in research labs, studies have demonstrated the marked decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase (MAO) which is an important enzyme that is responsible for the breakdown of dopamine. This change is caused by some tobacco smoke ingredient other than nicotine, since we know that nicotine

New Research About Quitting Smoking and Ending Alcoholism (or Drug Addiction)

Although many people in Recovery rely very heavily on smoking during their early years of sobriety from alcohol or drugs, recent research has shown that it is actually beneficial to quit all mood and mind altering substances at once. While it may seem overwhelming to contemplate this (it certainly does to me for whom it was very difficult to quit drinking and I don’t think I could have possibly made it without the substitute of cigarettes and coffee).

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)