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

Addiction and Novelty Seeking

The personality of addicts can help and harm them.

Addicts can be very charming, driven and intelligent people. As staff and family members it is often painful watching our loved ones throw their talents away through their addiction. New research shows that an addict’s talents and personality may contribute to their addiction and life in positive and or negative ways depending on how you spin it.

Recently, the connection between addiction and Novelty Seeking (people who engage in high –risks, as in extreme sports or drug use) has been researched. One may first assume that Novelty Seeking maybe what leads addicts to engage in risky life threatening drugs, true. However there might be some benefit to a risk seeking personality. The large population studies from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have found three quarters of ever-alcoholic person becomes stably sober, and a majority of those continue to drink, which called for some kind of personality explanation.

The explanation comes from alcoholism researcher, Robert Cloninger, a psychiatrist who has studied the impact of the personality trait Novelty Seeking (Neophilia) on people over their lifetimes. Initially, it appeared that the trait was implicated in all sorts of anti-social and aggressive behavior, such as alcoholism and criminality. But the perspective on the role of Novelty Seeking shifts from a longer vantage point.

“Novelty-seeking is one of the traits that keeps you healthy and happy and fosters personality growth as you age,” says Cloninger. The problems with Novelty Seeking showed up in his early research in the 1990s; the advantages have become apparent after he and his colleagues tested and tracked thousands of people in the United States, Israel and Finland.

“It can lead to antisocial behavior,” he says, “but if you combine this adventurousness and curiosity with persistence and a sense that it’s not all about you, then you get the kind of creativity that benefits society as a whole.” Which means the same personality trait that promotes someone to be an addict, can also promote someone to live a successful and fulfilling life. Researchers have found that people’s tendency for Novelty Seeking also depends on their upbringing, on the local culture and on their stage of life. By some estimates, the urge for Novelty drops by half between the ages of 20 and 60.

But the irony is people who maintain their novelty-seeking in maturity move to the front of the class because they become more capable with age, in many instances, of developing purpose and concern for others. Which is quite a 180 from the selfish nature of an addict. The three traits Cloninger discovered in successful people “scored high in novelty-seeking as well in persistence and ‘self-transcendence. Becoming more social, as in creativity, seeking new ways to do things and solve problems (including personal and family ones), as well as generating new opportunities and frontiers in life.”

In other words, addicts are incredible multi-faceted people who if given the opportunity to get recovery can live quite incredible and fulfilling lives.

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)