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/clients/guests, 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, 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.
  • Alternate methods of communication, including telehealth, 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.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • Screening protocols have been enhanced.
  • 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

Dangers of Binge Drinking

Are you a binge drinker?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recently raised an urgent alert about the dangers of binge drinking, especially for teenagers and young adults. The CDC defines binge drinking as the consumption of a large amount of alcohol within a short period of time. For men, 5 or more drinks constitutes binge drinking, while for women it’s 4 or more drinks. About 15% of adults in the U.S. admit to binge drinking. Since many people may not report this type of behavior when surveyed, the actual percentage of people who binge drink is probably even higher.

Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that excessive drinking and binge drinking are a leading cause of death in the U.S. and therefore a public health problem. More than 79,000 deaths each year in the United States are linked to binge drinking and heavy drinking.

The CDC report includes the following facts about binge drinking:

  • 4 million times each day, an adult in the U.S. has a binge drinking episode
  • Many people who binge drink are not alcoholic or alcohol dependent
  • Men in the 18-34 age range are the largest segment of the population that reports binge drinking
  • People who have a household income greater than $75,000 per year report more episodes of binge drinking
  • Adults who are binge drinkers can influence the youth they come in contact with, leading them to try binge drinking for themselves
  • 2 out of 3 high school students who drink alcohol have a binge drinking episode at least once a month
  • Binge drinking brings the risk of serious impairment. It can cause emotional and psychological problems for individuals and families.

It can also lead to the following dangerous behaviors:

  • Drunk driving and motor vehicle accidents
  • Unplanned pregnancy and unwanted sexual contact
  • Transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and HIV
  • Occurrences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Violence towards others and suicide
  • Alcohol poisoning, which can be life-threatening
  • Development of alcohol dependency and alcoholism

The message sent by alcohol advertisers, liquor stores and bars is that drinking is a fun activity. Many people, especially young people, become involved in social situations where there is pressure to binge drink. Because they have never experienced the negative consequences of drinking, high school students and young adults are most at risk for mental confusion, vomiting, blackouts and the other effects of binge drinking. They are also more at risk for overdosing on alcohol, which is also referred to as alcohol poisoning.

People who have a household income greater than $75,000 per year report more episodes of binge drinking male addiction counselor.

Addiction Treatment is Available and it Works

The CDC recommends that individuals fight the dangers of binge drinking by slowing down their rate of alcohol consumption and avoiding driving after drinking. Adults can set a good example for children and teenagers by not over drinking and by educating young people on the dangers of binge drinking.

When binge drinking has become a habit that is hard to break, a health care professional should be consulted. An intervention by family members and loved ones may be required to convince a binge drinker of the dangers of his or her behavior.

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)