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

Bipolar Disorder Hiding in Addiction

Addiction treatment can reveal untreated mental illness that may trigger substance abuse. Bipolar disorder can go hand-in-hand with addiction. Bipolar is a mood disorder that varies between high’s, referred to as ‘mania’ and lows, referred to as ‘depression.’ Often, a person struggling with bipolar uses alcohol, drugs and food to cope with the anxiety, racing thoughts and depression they experience.

When a mental illness and addiction are present this is referred to as a dual diagnosis. The difficulty with having both bipolar and an addiction is that the high’s of bipolar can make a person feel as if they have a good handle on life. In the manic state a person will feel happy, energetic and excited about life. Here, one might say they have their substance abuse under control. The following are some symptoms of bipolar mania:

  • Extreme happiness or reporting a “natural high.”
  • Talking very fast.
  • Severe impulsivity.
  • An over-confidence in ones abilities or powers.
  • Engaging in risky behavior, like impulsive sex, gambling and shopping sprees.

As exciting as mania is on the flip side is the low of depression. Here are some symptoms of bipolar depression:

  • Sad or lethargic for long periods of time.
  • Withdrawal from friends and family.
  • Loss of interest in usually fun activities.
  • A drastic loss or increase in appetite.
  • Noticeable fatigue or lack of energy.
  • Slow and broken speech.
  • Difficulty with concentration, memory and decision-making.
  • Thoughts or attempts of suicide, or preoccupation with death.

As well, there are ‘mixed states’ of bipolar. Here a person goes through mania and depression all within a few hours, days or weeks.  Others vacillate between the mania and depression over the course of months or years.

When it comes to recovery it is often the pain that pushes us to seek help. During treatment both the addiction and bipolar should be treated simultaneously, yet differently. Dual diagnosis rehabilitation programs are designed to meet the needs of clients who struggle with both addiction and a mental illness like bipolar. Staffed by specially trained and credentialed mental health professionals and addiction specialists, they offer care that integrates the best treatment strategies for bipolar disorder with the most effective treatments for addiction.

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)