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

Getting Serenity Back From Depression

Depression in men is treatable with therapy, medication and rehab.

Dealing with the symptoms of depression on your own isn’t easy. The best way to recover from depression is to get effective depression treatment.

Despite knowing this, only about 50 percent of adults who have depression get needed treatment, according to a study in the Archives of General Psychology. Of those, only 21 percent get the depression treatment that is recommended by the American Psychiatric Association.

Without proper treatment, you may never fully recover from addiction. You may constantly battle low energy, a sense of helplessness, a lack of interest in activities and people, and recurring aches and pains.

Treating Depression Through Therapy, Antidepressants

Because depression is highly treatable, there is no reason that you should continue to suffer from the symptoms of depression. The most effective treatment involves both talk therapy and antidepressants, and may involve other types of treatment that can help you learn to cope with or manage the disorder in case it reappears.

Therapy is offered in individual or group sessions, and can continue for as long as needed. Talking with a therapist who specializes in depression can help you learn healthier ways to deal with stressors and problems so that you are less likely to become depressed.

Depending on how severe your depression is, your therapist may prescribe you an antidepressant to alleviate the symptoms. Antidepressants come in the following forms, and it may take some experimenting to find the one that works best for you:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which include Zoloft and Prozac, help normalize the brain chemical serotonin to regulate mood. These drugs do not have many serious side effects.
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), which include Effexor and Cymbalta, help normalize the brain chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine to regulate mood. These drugs may cause insomnia or jitteriness.
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as Parnate and Marplan, are an older form of antidepressant that can have serious side effects. These are often only used if other forms of antidepressants have not been effective.
  • Tricyclics, including Norpramin and Pamelor, are another older antidepressant with serious side effects.

Effective depression treatment may also include the following:

  • Regular exercise, which can boost your mood through the release of endorphins
  • St. John’s wort, an herbal remedy for depression
  • Support groups
  • Relaxation techniques, such as yoga and breathing
  • Self-treatment through books and online research

If these methods don’t ease the symptoms of your depression, you may want to consider spending time at a residential treatment center that specializes in depression. A treatment center will provide you individual and group therapy, necessary medications, and a nurturing and supportive environment away from your daily stressors that allows you to focus on healing.

Be one of the 50 percent of people who gets help for their depression and seek the treatment you need today to stop feeling depressed and get your life back on track.

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)