Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 10/09/2020

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.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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

What is a LADY in RECOVERY?

There is a shell shock effect that happens for an addict the day she steps into recovery.

Whether it’s a 12 Step meeting, a Process Group, Therapy or a Relapse Prevention Group there is one very uncomfortable element present in all of them: Feelings. The women are often overwhelmed by the amount of personal exposure other women in recovery are willing to process. In these meetings, women share the anger, fear, resentment, and pain that they drink and use over. It is in the process of exposing the feelings that one can get to the root of the issue and either solve it themselves, collaborate with others or give the problem over to God to solve.

Often times a woman new to recovery finds this vulnerability intimidating and will poke fun at it, avoiding it at all costs. Instead, she will resort to the mannerisms of her disease; cold, angry, distant and vacant. So how does Sierra by the Sea teach these women how to relinquish the masculine tools she uses to protect her feeling? How do they teach the women how to trade their anger for being a lady who is vulnerable and present?

The first step is they redefine WHAT a lady is. A lady in recovery can be defined by 3 words, STRONG, WILLING and OPEN.

STRONG- Many women in addiction have been taken advantage of, abused and violated. Having experienced great trauma makes these women fearful to trust and let their guard down for anyone. The protection they harness over themselves gives them an element of power and strength. What Sierra by the Sea teaches the women is that true strength comes from humility. Being able to say, “I have an addiction. I can’t do this on my own. Please guide me” are words that many are too prideful, scared and sick to say. It takes a great amount of strength to say them and follow through with them. A lady seeking recovery is very, very STRONG.

WILLING – Addicts are great actors. They fool us all with their grandiose attitude of confidence, security and knowledge. When in fact if you were to sit down and really speak with them you would find someone, very fearful with feelings of great inadequacy. In the recovery process, there are many times when one will relapse, get angry and make poor choices. It takes a woman willing to wipe off her messy choices and start over. It is the more difficult and humbling thing to do, but also the one with the most integrity and grace.

OPEN – In the recovery community one must be authentic and open to the advice of others. As a community, we rely on each other to help us through our recovery and also to call us out when we are slipping in our recovery. In recovery we meet people who don’t beat around the bush, they say what they mean and they mean what they say, they also expect that from us in return. Being OPEN doesn’t mean we let people walk all over us, it means we listen, we learn, we share even when it’s uncomfortable and we push ourselves to learn how to be a better woman in recovery.

Sierra by the Sea is known in the Sober Living Community for running a tight ship. A great deal is expected from their women and likewise, a great deal is expected of their staff. The entire staff at Sierra by the Sea stands firm for their women. They challenge them, they hold them accountable and they guide them to a closer connection God who ultimately will reveal to these women the strong people they were created to be.

We Accept Insurance
The following are some of the providers with whom we work regularly
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • and many more...

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)