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

Facebook and Twitter Addiction

When people refer to being “addicted” to social network sites like Facebook and Twitter, they may be more accurate than they think. Two recent studies have found that online social networks can induce chemical responses in the brain that make them just as addictive as alcohol or cigarettes.

Tests completed by researchers from MIT and the University of Milan have found that the pleasurable chemical responses that are triggered during social network interaction are similar to those that occur when playing a musical instrument, creating a piece of art or engaging in other creative pursuits. Scientists have a name for the state of mind that social networking can induce – the “Core Flow State.” In this state, the subject feels high arousal and positive emotions. Time seems to stand still as the subject becomes energized and focused on the task at hand. Besides keeping up with family and friends, people may keep returning to check their social network status in order to satisfy a craving for this pleasurable response.

For the test, 30 healthy volunteer aged 19 to 25 were given three-minute exposure to different stimuli, including looking at relaxing photographs, interacting on Facebook and solving math problems. The test subjects’ physical and psychological responses were measured and recorded, including brainwave patterns, muscle activity, breathing and pupil dilation. The test subjects consistently showed a more positive response to Facebook than to either the photographs (which triggered a relaxed state) or the math problems (which triggered a stressful state).

The findings supported the researchers’ hypothesis that the successful spread of social networks like Facebook and Twitter is associated with a positive chemical state experienced by users of these networks.

In another study conducted at the University of Chicago, 205 volunteers aged 18 to 25 were each given a Blackberry mobile device and asked to respond to questions about their desire to use Facebook and Twitter at different times over a 14-hour period. The volunteers responded that they had a strong urge to use the social networking sites more than 70% of the time. The study concluded that people are willing to forgo many cravings in order to satisfy their need to check their status on Facebook or Twitter.

Lead researcher Wilhelm Hofmann points out that unlike addictions like cigarettes and alcohol that have some cost associated with their use, the free access to social networking may make it harder to resist. Hofmann admits that social networking is less consequential than cigarettes and alcohol, but points out that it frequently steals time that could be spent on other things.

The addiction risk posed by social networks may seem harmless when compared to other substances. Although social networks don’t pose the same health threats as these substances, any type of addictive behavior can disrupt relationships and cause a host of other personal problems.

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)