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

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High Functioning Addict

You wake up early every morning, hit the gym before enjoying breakfast with your spouse and kids, and head off to your high-power job. When you get home, your reward for a long day’s work might be two bottles of wine or a few joints to help you unwind.

Some People Who are Driven to Succeed are also Alcoholics

If this sounds familiar, you may be what addiction specialists call a “high-functioning addict” – someone who holds down a stable job, has a family and appears to be on top of the world, but who is privately struggling with the disease of addiction.

Know the Symptoms

Are you or someone you know a high-functioning addict? The signs may be hard to recognize, but here are a few things to look out for:

  • Drinking or using more than intended
  • Being consumed by thoughts of drinking or using drugs, or making plans for the next time they can drink or use
  • Blacking out or being unable to remember what took place because of excessive drinking or drug use
  • Experiencing cravings to have more of a drug
  • Behaving in uncharacteristic ways when under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Denying the existence of a problem and refusing to get help for addiction
  • Making excuses for drinking or using drugs (for example, using drugs as a reward or to relieve stress)
  • Maintaining a job, family and social life and appearing put together to the outside world, but drinking or using excessively or obsessively
  • Surrounding themselves with heavy drinkers or drug users
  • Trying unsuccessfully to limit or stop drinking or using drugs
  • Hiding or sneaking alcohol or other drugs (for example, before or after an event or indulging alone)
  • Ignoring or rationalizing physical and psychological consequences of drinking or drug use

Other signs may include failing to meet family obligations, late attendance or frequently calling in sick at work, and an overall change in attitude or focus.

Leading a Double Life

According to Michael Hurst, the marketing coordinator at Sober Living by the Sea, a network of addiction treatment centers in Southern California, executives, professionals, celebrities and people in high-profile positions are often the hardest to help. They don’t have a boss to answer to at work; they are under a great deal of pressure at work and feel entitled to indulge on drugs or alcohol as a reward for their hard work; and their high income cushions them from the financial consequences of their drug use. They may also view treatment as a sign of weakness and believe they are capable of resolving their problems alone.

“High-functioning addicts live double lives: successful executive by day, addict by night,” said Hurst. “Their lives are shrouded in secrets, lies and shame, all of which must be addressed in order to return to healthy functioning.”

Because society has an image of what drug addiction and alcoholism look like, and the high-functioning addict doesn’t match this stereotype, family and friends often unknowingly enable the addict’s destructive behaviors by refusing to acknowledge and confront the problem.

Even if a high-functioning addict acknowledges that they have an addiction, they aren’t likely to seek drug treatment because they view themselves as “too valuable” at work to spend 30, 60 or 90-plus days in drug rehab. What would happen to their job, their reputation and the income that their family depends on?

“Functional addicts are often the heads of companies who are married with children,” said Nate Stump, a member of the Sierra by the Sea network of drug treatment programs. “It’s hard for them to break away from their responsibilities and find time for recovery, and it’s easy to use their jobs as an excuse to avoid getting help.”

Helping a Loved One on the Road to Recovery

Some high-functioning addicts gradually lose control over their drinking or drug use over a number of years, while others experience a dramatic event that brings the severity of their problem to the forefront. In either case, treatment is often the only way for a high-functioning addict to reclaim control over their career, family life and future.

Perfectionism Can Display Itself in Destructive Ways

The families of high-functioning addicts play a critical role in getting them into treatment. The first step, according to Stump, is contacting a professional interventionist or addiction specialist who can help the addict recognize the extent of their drug problem and enter an addiction treatment program that meets their unique needs.

“Addiction is a family disease, and families have a lot to do with getting their addicted loved ones into treatment,” said Stump. “One of the few things they may be willing to sacrifice their habit for is their family and the hope to return to a normal lifestyle.”

Executive rehab programs understand the unique needs of high-functioning addicts and the concerns they have about their reputation and privacy. That’s why they offer the utmost in discretion and confidentiality, while providing sophisticated, individualized care, luxurious accommodations and cutting-edge treatment options.

Residents at Sierra by the Sea attend group counseling in the company of like-minded individuals and build self-esteem through sober activities, such as surfing, playing on a sober softball team and visiting local museums and attractions.

As part of its holistic approach to addiction treatment, Sierra by the Sea addresses each client’s situation individually, including their physical, emotional, social and dietary needs. Through intensive individual, group and family therapy, sober activities, healthy meals prepared by a gourmet chef, and a highly individualized treatment approach, Sierra by the Sea creates a safe, private and healing atmosphere for men to start down the road to recovery.

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)