Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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

Drinking Robs B Vitamins

We have covered the relationship between vitamin D, alcohol, and depression. We want to talk about another negative side effect of alcohol related to vitamins. Dr. Joseph Bradley Oversees our Nutraceutical Education and Supplements

Alcohol flushes vitamin B from your system. We need vitamin B to manufacture red blood cells. A lack of vitamin B often results in anemia. This makes a person feel weak and tired.  Vitamin B-12 plays an important role in production brain chemicals that effect our mood and many other crucial brain functions. Low levels of B -12 and B-6 have been linked to depression. Drinking alcohol regularly for more than two weeks decreases vitamin B12 absorption from the gastrointestinal tract.

Vitamin B deficiency has been noticed in people who report suffering from depression. Vitamin B deficiency has also been linked to a poor response to antidepressant medication…… to make matters worth for alcoholics suffering with depression. Evidence suggests that people with depression do better in treatment with higher levels of vitamin B12 in their system.  One theory suggests that vitamin B12 deficiency increases the chances for a build up on the amino acid homocysteine, which may exacerbate depression.

Many alcoholics are also deficient in vitamin B3, commonly known as Niacin. In rehab centers around the country, during alcoholic withdrawals, some patients have been reported to spontaneously stop drinking in association with taking niacin supplements. This gave some the idea that alcoholism may be a manifestation of niacin deficiency.

The consumption of alcohol results in the formation of two very toxic compounds…acetaldehyde and malondialdehyde. These compounds generate massive free radicals that damage cells throughout the body. This causes that feeling of illness the next day. Proper antioxidants taken before a night of excessive drinking  can minimize the hangover or damage to the body.  The older one gets the more damage these free radicals can have on the body.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health depression affects 17 million Americans a year. People who have depression shouldn’t drink as it depresses the central nervous system. Alcohol is a depressant. Why add fuel to the fire? Although alcoholic consumption may for a while dull the effects of stress hormones, it more than not leaves the user feeling worse than before because of how it depresses the brain and nervous system. The effects of alcohol on the central nervous system can be seen and measured in terms of human performance especially during field sobriety tests, where an individuals motor skills are radically hampered by excessive alcoholic consumption.

The questions I ask myself after researching all the above is, are clinics and rehab centers using vitamin B to treat alcoholism? Our drug facility does this.  Sierra by the Sea supplements our therapeutic blend of activities with nutraceutical education and supplements. Should vitamin B be given to those with depression automatically? What are the health risks for those who live in areas with little sunlight exposure, like Seattle, Washington who engage in drinking more than just infrequently? Is the cocktail of excessive drinking and  lowered vitamin b levels in the body the perfect storm for depression?

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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)