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

Jimson Weed

The old saying is, “The only thing you can really count on is death and taxes.”s.

Jimson Weed Fact Sheet

Well, there is one more thing you can also guarantee: Kids will try almost anything if they think it will get them high.

No matter what the dangerous side effects, or the fact that they don’t really know what the drug is supposed to do, if they hear just a rumor that something may get them high, some of them will undoubtedly try it.

Kids will try almost anything if they think it will get them high. Even if they don’t know what the dangerous side effects are, or even if they don’t really know what the drug is supposed to do, they will experiment with a potential high.   If the drug is cheap or free, the likelihood increases even more.

If kids hear a rumor that something may get them high, some of them will undoubtedly try it.

For some kids it will be inhalants. For others, prescription medications from their parents’ medicine cabinets. And for some unfortunate few, they may try the highly potent but equally as dangerous Jimson Weed.

What is Jimson Weed?

Jimson Weed (Datura Stramonium) is a 3 to 5 foot tall plant of the Deadly Nightshade family that grows wild throughout America, surviving in remote areas and backyards alike.

What else is it called?

Jimson Weed has been known for centuries and has many names, including:

  • Devil’s weed
  • Thorn apple
  • Jamestown weed
  • Stinkweed
  • Locoweed
  • Mad seeds

What does it look like?

Jimson Weed is a 3 to 5 foot green plant with large soft leaves, has walnut sized seeds that are often covered in spikes, and distinctive trumpet like white-cream colored flowers that emit an unpleasant smell.

If you live in Southern California, you may easily recognize it from your neighborhood. But, if you discover it growing in your yard or garden, you should remove it immediately as it is extremely poisonous to humans and pets as well.

How is it abused?

Jimson Weed has been abused in any number of ways, including smoking of the leaves, eating the seeds, boiling in a stew, or even by soaking in a bathtub filled with the plants. All methods are extremely dangerous as every part of the plant is poisonous and potentially deadly.

What are the effects of Jimson Weed?

Jimson Weed has a very powerful effect on the minds of the abuser. It often puts the user in a state where they cannot differentiate the real world from fantasy. Users can become:

  • Violent
  • Paranoid
  • Dissociated from reality
  • Completely unpredictable

Almost all users state that it is a very unpleasant high, and even most websites that recklessly promote drug experimentation warn people to stay away from Jimson Weed. The phrase most often associated with Jimson Weed is “red as a beet, dry as a bone, blind as a bat, and mad as a hatter” since it is known to cause flushed skin and increased body temperature, an inability to urinate, extremely dilated eyes which causes sensitivity to light, and of course a mental state that is extremely unstable.

What are its dangers?

Besides the dangers implicit with a hallucinogen powerful enough to cause such a disconnect from reality that they don’t really understand what they are doing or where they are; the physical dangers of abusing Jimson Weed are very serious. Jimson Weed overdoses can occur easily since its almost impossible to gauge the strength of the plant before ingesting. Once overdosed, a person may have increased temperature, rapid heartbeat, cardiac arrest or stroke. The effects can last for days.

Although the risk for addiction is almost none (it is rare for someone to try it more than once), the risk of harming oneself, others or even death are so high that we hope that anyone reading this would please stay clear of this dangerous weed.

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)