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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Getting Help for Hoarding Type Behavioral Addiction

Recent television shows such as “Hoarders” on A&E and “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on TLC have put the focus on a serious disorder that has for the most part been hidden behind closed doors.

When Does Collecting Become Hoarding?

We all know someone who is a pack rat, but when the amount of accumulated clutter in a home begins to affect a person’s health and happiness, the cause may be depression, addiction or anxiety disorder.

Those who are suffering from the hoarding disorder have issues with both acquiring and discarding possessions. Many of their possessions have little value and may be classified as junk by friends and family. People who own a large number of pets may also be diagnosed as hoarders, especially when the pet owner is unable to properly care for and clean up after the animals.

Signs and Symptoms of Hoarding

These are some of the signs that household clutter is a symptom of a hoarding disorder:

•    Entire rooms become so filled with piles of clutter that they are unusable. The only way to move through these rooms is by climbing over objects or using a pathway that has been cleared. Every surface, including countertops, stoves and beds, is stacked with clutter.

•    There is no organization to the clutter. Items are stacked haphazardly and the owner does not have a clear idea where things are.

•    A large proportion of the clutter consists of useless items like junk mail, old newspapers and clothing that is no longer worn.

•    More items are brought into the home, including useless items and trash, despite the fact there is no room for storage. Some hoarders are also compulsive shoppers who buy new items that they don’t need and never use.

•    When confronted about household clutter, a hoarder may become defensive or combative. The hoarder will express a feeling of being overwhelmed by the situation, but at the same time will resist the efforts of others who try to help clean up the clutter.

Many people who are compulsive hoarders don’t think they have a problem. They may realize that their clutter is out of control but are unwilling to address it by clearing it out. People who hoard often have very limited social interaction because they are embarrassed by the condition of their home. In many cases, neighbors are unaware of the extent of the problem because they are never invited into the hoarder’s home.

Complex personal issues are beneath the surface of hoarding behavior. Hoarders can’t discard possessions because they worry that they will need them in the future. Some hoarders confuse possessions with memories. They may hold on to objects to remind themselves of happy times in their lives. They may also believe that if they discard objects that have been left behind by a loved one, they will lose their memories of the person.

When to Seek Help for Hoarding

The hoarding mind-set can form in early adolescence. By the time a person who hoards reaches middle age, the condition may impact almost every aspect of daily life. When hoarding interferes with work, relationships, personal hygiene and food preparation, the advice of a doctor or mental health provider should be sought.

Hoarding is also a health and safety concern. Hoarders have been trapped by fire or smothered by piles of books or newspapers. Mold, decayed food and improper storage of dangerous chemicals are additional health and safety concerns. In addition to seeking the help of a doctor or therapist, friends, family members or neighbors should consider notifying the police or fire department about the condition of a home where hoarding is taking place.

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)