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 Facts about Ecstasy Abuse

MDMA, which is commonly known as ecstasy, is one of the four most commonly used illicit drugs, along with cocaine, heroin and marijuana.  It is a psychoactive drug with hallucinogenic and stimulant properties.  It contains chemicals similar to those found in methamphetamine, LSD and mescaline.  Unlike the other major illicit drugs, studies indicate that ecstasy has the potential to cause permanent brain damage, resulting in lifelong emotional and psychological problems.

History of Ecstasy

MDMA began as a chemical compound that was developed by Merck Pharmaceuticals in the early 20th century while in search of new drugs to treat abnormal bleeding.  The drug was never manufactured by Merck and was largely forgotten until the late 1960s when a chemistry researcher at UC Berkeley named Alexander Shulgin synthesized the drug and without benefit of FDA testing began to promote it for the treatment of psychological disorders.

By the mid-1970s, MDMA was available on the street as a recreational drug.  Its use at rock concerts, nightclubs and raves spread across the U.S. and Europe.  It became popular first on college campuses and then in high schools.  By the mid-1980s, the effects of MDMA caused it to be outlawed. Under a United Nations agreement, it is criminalized in most nations around the world.

Short-Term Effects of Ecstasy

Ecstasy is most often ingested in tablet form, though it is also sometimes snorted or smoked.  The effects of ecstasy, which usually last from 4 to 6 hours, are reported to include feelings of euphoria, relaxation, empathy for others and a release from anxiety.  The less pleasurable short-term effects of the drug include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Blurred vision
  • Chills, swearing and nausea
  • Muscle cramping and tremors
  • Paranoia, anxiety and depression
  • Increased blood temperature
  • Elevated blood pressure

Many ecstasy users take the drug over a period of several days while participating in multi-day parties or raves.  The amphetamine effects of ecstasy can cause users to go without eating, drinking or sleeping for extended periods, resulting in severe dehydration and exhaustion.

Like cocaine and heroin, it is possible to overdose on ecstasy.  A rise in blood pressure and body temperature can lead to seizures, loss of consciousness, heart failure and stroke.  One of the most publicized recent cases of ecstasy overdose involved a 15-year-old girl named Sasha Rodriguez who experienced seizures and coma as a result of ecstasy intoxication during a rave in Los Angeles.  Two days later she was pronounced brain dead and taken off life support.

Long-Term Effects of Ecstasy Abuse

Because the abuse of ecstasy is a relatively new problem, the long-term effects of the drugs are still being discovered.  Studies by the National Institute of Mental Health indicate that users suffer from damage to neurons in the brain that are involved in the transmission of serotonin.  Learning, sleep and emotional health are impaired, leading to anxiety, depression, memory loss and other disorders.  Because serotonin controls emotion, long-time users of ecstasy may actually lose the ability to feel positive emotions like happiness and serenity. Treatment for ecstasy addiction is available at certain drug treatment facilities.

Ecstasy is an addictive drug that fosters both psychological and physical dependence.  Most people who use the drug repeatedly find it hard to stop without the benefit of medically-supervised detox, counseling and behavior modification therapy.

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)