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

Parents Can Help Teens Resist Peer Pressure

Surprisingly, disagreements – if they are brought about as a result of healthy dialogue – can be a good way to provide teens the tools they need to prevent peer pressure from getting them to use drugs.

Ask the parents of teenagers what bothers them most about their teen and the answer is likely to be the constant debates and arguments. As painful as these disputes may be, they are a sign of healthy development. Teens become more independent and separate from their parents by questioning their decisions and authority.

New research suggests that besides helping teens to become independent, healthy disagreements with their parents may bring additional benefits in terms of peer pressure. Parents who remain calm and reasonable during arguments are setting an example that will help their children resist peer pressure.

The research, which was reported in Child Development, is based on interviews with more than 150 teens and parents. Interview questions focused on substance abuse, family interactions and relationships with friends. Researchers found that parents who avoid yelling and allow their teenagers to participate in discussions on hot topics like money, grades and friends are teaching their teens how to express themselves and politely disagree.

Data from the study indicates that teens who have learned to argue calmly and persuasively are better equipped to say “no” when offered drugs or alcohol by their peers. In fact, they are 40% more likely to avoid substance abuse altogether. In addition, parents who yell and use threats and insults to win arguments are likely to have children who are passive and who lack confidence when it comes to standing up for their beliefs. These children are also more passive with their peers and are more likely to say “yes” when pressured to use drugs and alcohol.

The findings of this new study support earlier studies that have found that parents who respect their child’s input and opinions are more likely to raise children who are independent thinkers and resistant to peer pressure.

If you are the parent of a teenager, it’s important to remember to listen to your teen. Even if you don’t agree with what your teen is saying, you should acknowledge when he or she makes a good point. This will help your child learn how to persuade other people to see their point of view. As painful as arguing with your teen may be, if you set an example for effective disagreement you will be helping your teen avoid the problems with drugs and alcohol that are so common among this age group. Being able to remain calm and persuasive while arguing will also help your teen with personal and professional relationships throughout his or her lifetime.

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)