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

Common Alcoholism Myths

There are many myths that surround the disease of alcoholism. Some of these myths are dangerous since they stand in the way of understanding and helping a friend or loved one who is suffering from alcohol dependency or addiction. Here are some of the most common myths and corresponding realities about alcoholism.

Alcoholism Myth #1: Alcohol is an addictive substance and anyone who drinks in excess can become addicted.

The reality is that alcohol is selectively addictive. All of the causes of alcoholism are not yet known, but researchers do know that only people who are predisposed for alcoholism become addicted. Other people may drink frequently and heavily without becoming alcoholic.

Alcoholism Myth #2: People who become alcoholics are trying to deal with psychological and emotional problems.

Before they begin drinking, alcoholics experience the same problems as many other people. Once they are addicted to alcohol, their problems are aggravated by their condition. Alcoholism makes it much more difficult to deal with life’s problems.

Alcoholism Myth #3: Those who can “hold their liquor” and drink in excess without appearing to be affected are at less risk for alcoholism.

Being able to hold one’s liquor may indicate that the drinker has built a tolerance for alcohol. This is actually one of the early signs of alcoholism.

Alcoholism Myth #4: Alcoholism is a psychological condition that can be overcome with will power.

In reality, alcohol addiction is a physiological condition. Once alcohol abuse has progressed to alcoholism, the physical component of the disease is stronger than the mental component. For heavy drinkers, initial abstinence from alcohol requires medical supervision to avoid the harmful effects of alcohol withdrawal.

Alcoholism Myth #5: An alcoholic must want to be helped in order for treatment to be effective.

Alcoholism affects thought processes and makes it difficult for alcoholics to think rationally. Family members, friends and co-workers often need to participate in an intervention to convince an alcoholic that treatment is needed. Many alcoholics resist treatment and only begin to want to be helped after recovery is underway. Fortunately, research into alcoholism recovery has found that the reason an alcoholic enters treatment is not a predictor of the treatment outcome.

Alcohol abuse is not alcoholism.

Abuse is not necessarily alcoholism.

Alcoholism Myth #6: Confronting and shaming an alcoholic is the best way to get him or her to stop drinking.

According to the National Institutes of Health, treating an alcoholic with compassion and empathy is more effective than confrontation and shame. Family members should help the alcoholic realize how much their drinking is hurting themselves and others and persuade him or her to enter a treatment program.

Alcoholism Myth #7: Since so many recovered alcoholics suffer relapses, the success rate for alcoholism treatment is low.

The reality of alcoholism is that it’s a life-long condition. Alcohol treatment is successful when an alcoholic is able to abstain from alcohol for an extended period. A relapse is not a sign of failure and does not mean that a recovering alcoholic will not be able to return to abstinence.

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)