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.

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An Explanation of the Higher Power in Addiction Recovery

One of our most utilized addiction programs at Sierra by the Sea is Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)

In the outlined 12 Step’s, the second step is stated as,

“Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

People of a variety of atheistic, religious and spiritual backgrounds have received recovery from Sierra by the Sea and A.A. For some, the concept of a ‘Higher Power’ has a negative connotation. For others, they believe their concept is set in stone. The word ‘sanity’ can also be questioned.

Step 2 is a perfect example as to how difficult engaging in recovery can be. Challenging patterns and beliefs would be uncomfortable for anyone. Like the difficulty of Step 2, the level of recovery requires a clients willingness to participate in the discomfort.

The following is a break down of the Step 2 process and recovery:

Came to believe” The word ‘came’ is derived from the word  ‘come’ which means, “to approach or move toward a particular person or place.” This ‘coming to believe’ takes time. Similar to the process of recovery it is not done in 30 days, 90 days or even 1 year. It is an ongoing process for the rest of a persons life. What we ask from our clients is for them to be willing to take steps on the recovery journey. 

Greater power” Another strong term is ‘greater power.’ Here the person is asked to question, “Is it possible that there is something greater than myself?” For some this ‘greater’ is intuition, science or the environmental elements. For others it is something along the lines of a religious practice including Buddha, God or Jesus. A greater power is often viewed as a source of inspiration and comfort which is essential to recovery. This greater power is often a symbol for opening up ones mind to new concepts and ideas. 

Sanity” In the justice system, insanity is seen as: “A mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.” Every person who walks into Sierra by the Sea has a unique story. The common thread that ties them together is the pain that addiction creates. Utilizing the help of clinicians, therapists, and A.A. addictive behaviors and stories can be changed if steps are taken. 

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)