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

Why Do Only Some Become Addicted

Alcoholism and drug addiction are chronic diseases that cause long-term changes to the brain. These changes include a craving for the addictive substance as well as withdrawal symptoms when an individual tries to quit using the substance.

Not everyone who drinks alcohol or uses a drug becomes addicted. Researchers have found there are certain risk factors that make one person more prone to addiction than another. These risk factors cut across all ages and economic levels and affect both men and women.

Teenage Substance Abuse

Teenagers who use alcohol or drugs are more likely to have problems with addiction as adults. During adolescence, the brain is still developing and is particularly sensitive to drugs and alcohol. It is also more vulnerable to addiction. Combine a developing brain with a teenager’s natural tendency to experiment and take risks and you have a recipe for future addiction.

Genetics and Family History

Like other chronic disorders including heart disease, diabetes and cancer, there is a genetic factor associated with addiction. Individuals who have a history of drug abuse or alcoholism in their family need to be aware of their genetic vulnerability for addiction. It is not a guarantee that they will also become addicted, but it does mean that their biological makeup will make it harder to stop using an addictive substance once they start.

Home and Community

Environmental factors in the home and community are large contributors to the risk of addiction. Growing up in an abusive home or with parents who were addicted increases the chances of abusing drugs or alcohol. Living in a community that is dangerous or impoverished can put and individual at risk of addiction. A community where drug and alcohol abuse are rampant will foster addiction among its residents.

Psychological Disorders

Individuals with psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder are at greater risk of becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs. There are also certain personality traits that increase the risk of addiction, including aggression and problems with impulse control. Low self esteem and perfectionism can also contribute to the risk of addiction.

Highly Addictive Substances

Some substances are far more addictive than others. Use of these substances will put anyone at a high risk of addiction. These substances include methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Even people who have no other risk factors can become addicted after only a few uses of these highly addictive substances.

Drug and alcohol addiction are treatable conditions. The best treatment programs focus on the causes and contributing factors for the addiction. If there are co-occurring disorders, they should be addressed as part of addiction treatment. Counseling and therapy should include problems in the family environment. With proper treatment, the risks that contributed to an addiction can be overcome.

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)