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

The Desire Map: A Recovery Resource

I have come a long way from my addictions.

Today, I sit down four times a year, at the beginning of each season, with two of my best friends and talk about big, bad goals! Yes! It’s like a Type-A brouhaha! Seriously, this has been one of the most rewarding groups I have been a part of. To be a witness to watching women I greatly respect, bravely share their goals and brain storm how to achieve them has been a far-out magical thing. Except, something happened earlier this year that cracked the foundation of our sacred, witchy, little circle – it was The Desire Map.

The Desire Map is a book by Danielle LaPorte which is completely revolutionizing the way in which people and businesses make their goals. Traditionally, you and I make goals by simply thinking about what we want, writing it down and working our sweet little buns off for it. Easy enough right? BUT, have you ever achieved a goal and then collapsed on the couch of a hotel lobby baffled, thinking, “Huh, this isn’t how I thought I would feel after getting what I wanted.” Meeeeeeeeeee tooooooooo! BTW: FEEL is the key word here, as LaPorte’s theory is people don’t make goals for the sake of the experience. They make them for the sake of the feeling that they believe the experience will give them. From applying the book to my life I gotta say, LaPorte is spot on.

Maybe it’s because I’m in recovery or maybe it’s just the old fashioned American dream, but this book revealed to me that the goals I had for my career, relationships and travel weren’t necessarily what I wanted. Rather they were what I thought would give me the bright gold stars of accomplishment. To me, accomplishment translates to feeling peace.

So how do you stop reaching for things that you don’t TRULY want and go after what your soul craves? According to LaPorte it’s by finding our core desired feelings. Within the readings and the exercises in the book the reader discovers how they want to feel in life- I know it sounds hippy-dippy, but trust me the results are groovy!

My own personal core desired feelings are:

  • Strong
  • Guided
  • Authentic
  • Playful
  • Peaceful

After establishing the feelings I wanted I looked at the goals I had and realized that some didn’t match the feelings I wanted to cultivate. I have since made adjustments to those goals and now feel great peace on the direction my life is going and the choices I am making to get there. Huge change! Snaps! Snaps for Irvina (and Danielle!)

To boot, LaPorte says, “I don’t do anything that makes me miserable in order to fulfill a vision.” Of course there are things like taxes, exercise and healthy diets that we all have to do in order to maintain balance; both personally and professionally. The greater concept LaPorte is addressing are the things we do because we think we SHOULD. For instance, serving as a room mom in your child’s class even though you hate it. Or going to that networking group even though you can’t stand the people. Acting in martyrdom isn’t good for anyone. If the networking group makes you want to pop a Xanax, find an alternative to meeting people that’s more your speed, like perhaps a young professionals groups that meet for hiking. You can find this on MeetUp.com. Get creative yo!

Personally, I had to tweak the route in which I was going to achieve my goals. I now participate only in things that align with the feelings I want to create in my life. As the saying goes, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” There is no truer sense of this in going after the things we want. Why would we put ourselves through misery during an entire journey? Do us all a favor- don’t do that.

Goals are a fascinating thing to ponder. Whether you’re fresh out of high school, in a rehab trying to find recovery or middle aged and divorced our goals represent not only who we want to be, but who we used to be. What we think we need, might not always be what we truly want.

When I first started out in recovery all I wanted was to free from my eating disorder. Just getting out of the addiction was the only goal I had in mind. But, as I stabilized my world got bigger and I wanted more, but like the addiction not everything I wanted was triggered by the right things. Eventually, I found my way. I’m doing well now, but it might not always be this way. Life is messy. All we can do is take it day-by-day. Thankfully there are some things that bring us clarity- I am certain The Desire Map is an amazing compass that can lead anyone back to their true self.

Irvina Kanarek is the Founder and Rewriter-In-Chief of Rewrite Beautiful, a non-profit organization that creatively changes how girls see beauty in themselves, for eating disorder prevention through education. Irvina is also the author of How To: Rewrite Beautiful- You Can Be A Hot Mess Today And A World Changer Tomorrow. Follow Irvina on Twitter at @IrvinaKanarek.

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)