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

Dear Fellow Parent

Being the mother of a child who is struggling with chemical dependency can be one of the most painful things you may ever experience.

A Mother Writes about Her Daughter’s Treatment for Addiction

There are some clinicians who claim that the pain suffered by the mother or father is greater than the pain experienced by the person who needs treatment (who is under the influence of their chosen medicator much of the time). This is a letter one of the parents wrote to us after her daughter was in treatment.

Dear Fellow Parent,

Our road has been diverse and arduous. Loving an alcoholic and/or drug addict, loving someone who is suffering is painful and tricky.  It has tested many of my limits as a human being and as a mother.

The learning curve is steep and mistakes are costly in every way. It is challenging to be a mountain amidst chaos. The lows of my daughter’s failures and the fleeting clean and sober times kept me in a state of heightened anxiety for many.

I wanted to know what the counselors were doing that was working and what could and should I do as a parent to get on board and to reinforce the progress? How should we change our family dynamics? What are realistic goals for my daughter today? How does tough love work when there are mental health issues possibly created by the alcohol/drug dependency (or not)? What do we do if there is a relapse? What kind of supports should in place when she exits the program? I asked all of my questions, I learned innumerable valuable things from the staff and from other family’s successes and mistakes and I developed great compassion for the other parents and spouses and other patients.

There is comfort in sharing the struggle. Information and experience help. The staff who shared with us during the Family Program were knowledgeable and informative, realistic, compassionate, supportive, funny and hopeful. It is a program with many elements to address the diversities that enter its doors. The range of knowledgeable, loving individuals, each with different strengths and communication styles increases the chance of success.

I pressed it… I wanted information and answers and direction, I needed peace for myself but I foremost needed my daughter to be well. I came home in a much better place personally and in relation to my daughter after our participation in the Family Program together. It was a safe and informative place for us to communicate, to mend, to learn and to plan. The relationship work with the alcoholic/addict is a bridge that needs to be mended before crossed. Progress, not perfection, was made. Each little success was savored. My daughter is a different person after her stay.  My daughter is a different person to herself, to me and to the outside world. She is now becoming and owning her inherent beauty as a soul and is in a psychological/physical/spiritual place in which she can be a productive and happy adult.

What part have I played in my daughter’s illness and what can I do to help?

My daughter’s progress makes me weep in happiness and relief and gratitude.  Have you ever felt so grateful for something so very important, and you didn’t know who to thank? My daughter’s progress is firstly due to her persistence and her actions. The treatment centers, counselors, and staff helped to bring her to a place where she could learn about her illness, learn about herself, function and begin to live her sweetness again. This journey has been a group effort by knowledgeable professionals and loving individuals. I am so grateful to every staff member’s whose face I can name – and those I can’t. I am grateful for what I know of that helped my daughter and for what I don’t know that helped her.

Fellow parents and spouses, my sincerest wish for the recovery of your child or significant other and your own healing. In deep gratitude to the individuals who have helped my daughter to find her way and fully live her journey today.

– Sarah B

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)