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.

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Mood Disorders and Anxiety are Less Common in Older People

Alcoholism and drug addiction are often intertwined with other mental health issues.

Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder can affect people of any age. So can anxiety disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.

While mood and anxiety disorders are common in people of all ages, a new study shows that people older than 55 are less likely to have the disorders. The study, in the May issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, found that only 5 percent of people in that age group had a mood disorder, while 12 percent reported anxiety disorders. Only 3 percent claimed they had co-occurring mood and anxiety disorders.

The study also determined the following about the older generation and mood and anxiety disorders:

•    People older than 85 were less likely to report having either type of disorder
•    Women generally had more than twice the rate of the disorders as men
•    People who were married or living with somebody had lower rates of mood disorders, anxiety disorders and co-occurring disorders than people who were divorced, widowed or never married

Rates of Mood, Anxiety Disorders in U.S.

In contrast to the low rates of mood and anxiety disorders in people older than 55, the overall rates of the disorders run significantly higher in the U.S. Here are some statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health:

•    About 10 percent of people older than 18 (or about 21 million) have a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder
•    The median age of onset for mood disorders is 30 years
•    About 18 percent of adults (or about 40 million) have an anxiety disorder such as PTSD, panic disorder or social phobia disorder
•    About three-quarters of people with an anxiety disorder will experience their first episode by age 21.5
•    Anxiety disorders and mood disorders are common co-occurring disorders

Treatment for Mood, Anxiety Disorders

We see more than a fair share of men and women come in to treatment for drug addiction and also present a co-occurring disorder like depression, anxiety, or trauma.

No matter the age of a person affected by a mood or anxiety disorder, the disorders are treatable.

Treatment for mood and anxiety disorders typically involves medication to help control the symptoms of the disorders.

Therapy, either through an individual therapist or at a residential treatment center for mood or anxiety disorders, can help people suffering from the disorders to address the issues that led to the development of the disorders. Therapy can be helpful even to people who are experiencing the disorders later on in life.

In fact, the researchers of the Archives of General Psychiatry study stressed the importance of creating more intervention and prevention strategies for the country’s older population in order to better manage mood and anxiety disorders later in life.

“Given the rapid aging of the U.S. population, the potential public health burden of late-life mental health disorders will likely grow as well, suggesting the importance of continued epidemiological monitoring of the mental health status of the young-old, mid-old, old-old, and oldest-old cohorts,” the researchers wrote.

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)