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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Facebook and Twitter Hinder Teens

Teens who are being treated for addiction may increase their likelihood of relapse if they use online social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

We’ve reported here before that Facebook and Twitter can be addictive, and also there is a connection between Facebook and teen drug use – particularly marijuana and alcohol.

A recent UCLA study suggests that teens who are undergoing substance abuse treatment and who use online social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace may be at greater risk of suffering a relapse. The goal of the study was to determine if online social networking with friends and families would expose the teens to drug-related cues and whether these cues would impact their recovery.

More than 90 percent of participants in the study used social networking sites. Of this group, more than 75% of girls and 50% of boys reported seeing drug references on the sites that triggered a desire to use drugs. These results are in keeping with other research that has found that teenagers are highly susceptible to being influenced by other people in the environment, whether in person or online.

The study involved a questionnaire that was completed by 37 adolescents enrolled in an East Los Angeles substance abuse treatment program. It was conducted by David Tran, a graduate student in the Medical Education program and the findings were presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. Because the number of study participants was low, the findings are preliminary. A larger study will be needed to determine if the findings are conclusive.

Tran believes that banning the use of social media by teens who are in drug abuse treatment is not possible since teens would find some way to access these sites. Instead, Tran would like to see social networks become tools in substance abuse programs. One possibility is the creation of private Facebook groups for patient support and the use of peer leaders to post positive messages that will aid in recovery.

Another alternative is to ask teens to voluntarily give up social networking while in treatment, similar to the way that 12-step programs request participants to distance themselves from the people, places and things that are associated with their substance abuse.

An earlier study conducted in 2011 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that social media is associated with substance abuse even for teens who are not in treatment. That study of more than 1000 teenagers found that about 70 percent used social media on a daily basis. These teens were twice as likely to use marijuana and three times more likely to abuse alcohol compared to teens who responded that they didn’t use the sites. The study also found that half the teens who used social media had seen pictures of young people who were drunk, passed out or using drugs on the sites. Teens who had seen the pictures were more than twice as likely to say that they would like to try drugs sometime in the future.

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)