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/clients/guests, 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, 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.
  • Alternate methods of communication, including telehealth, 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.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • 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

Triggers for Teenage Drug Relapse

Drug addiction is a chronic disease.  Although the success rate for addiction treatment for teens is good, they are no different from adults when it comes to relapse.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, between 40 and 60 percent of people who have been addicted to drugs will suffer a relapse at some time following treatment.  This does not mean that recovery has failed, but instead indicates a need for follow-up treatment.

Youths Are Growing up in Dangerous Prescription Medication Fueled Party Culture

Teenagers are especially vulnerable for relapse because their brains are still developing. Knowing some of the most common triggers and warning signs can help parents and families take action before relapse occurs.

These are some of the most common relapse triggers for teens:

  • Boredom.  Many teens being abuse drugs because they are bored.  After completing treatment, they should be encouraged to avoid boredom by becoming more involved with hobbies, sports, youth organizations and school activities.  Parents can support their recovering teen by planning more family activities.
  • Old Associations.  Teens who are in recovery must avoid friends and social situations that were once associated with drug abuse.  The temptation to return to old behaviors is too great, especially when drug-using friends want to turn back the clock.
  • Loneliness.  Breaking with high-risk friends can leave a teen feeling socially isolated.  Follow-up therapy or counseling should be provided to help teens make the difficult transition from treatment to sobriety.  This transition will go more smoothly with a good support system in place.
  • Anxiety.  Recovering teens who used drugs to self-medicate for anxiety and stress may be tempted to begin using again if their symptoms return.  The best treatment programs will provide therapy for co-occurring disorders like anxiety and will help the teen develop coping skills.  However, adolescence is a stressful time of life and family members should be on the lookout for teens who are becoming overwhelmed by anxiety.
  • False Confidence.  After a teen is sober for a period of time, a feeling of false confidence can set it.  Some teens feel they have overcome addiction and can safely begin to use drugs again.  Teens who take their recovery for granted are at greatest risk for developing false confidence.
  • Drug or alcohol use in the home.  Parents should not keep or use drugs or in the home when there is a recovering teen in the family.  Prescription and over-the-counter medications should be kept in a secure location that the teen can’t access.

Family members who participate in family therapy or self-help groups will gain a better understanding of recovery and relapse.  If there seems to be a threat of relapse or if relapse occurs, the teen should get back into a treatment facility as soon as possible.  Family members should avoid either blaming the teen or making excuses for their behavior.  Relapse should be treated the same as relapse for other chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension.

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)