Anxiety and Addiction

Many of Sierra by the Sea clients come in with not only addictions, but anxiety and depression disorders as well. When treating our clients we address the entire mental, physical and spiritual person. Anxiety falls under the mental component.

Anxiety is a well-understood and readily treated condition. There are many different kinds of specific anxiety disorders, ranging from generalized anxiety disorder to panic attacks. The below treatment options are what we offer our clients:


Anti-depressants are most often prescribed. Since anxiety is so often associated with depressive disorders, it is essential to treat the underlying depression along with the anxiety disorder. When the depression is relieved, symptoms of anxiety often diminish.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a psychotherapy that helps one to change anxious thoughts that give the body anxiety-producing messages. Replacing these beliefs with empowering messages can help to heal the roots of anxiety. Each of our clients meets with a therapist once a week (if not more depending on the client.)

Exercise and Relaxation

Being located right by the beach has its perks! Biking, running, surfing and volleyball are just some of the forms of exercise our clients enjoy. Regular exercise has a direct impact on several physiological conditions that underlie anxiety. Exercise reduces skeletal muscle tension, metabolizes excess adrenaline and thyroxin in the bloodstream (chemicals which keep one in a state of arousal) and discharges pent-up frustration and anger.

Diet and Nutrition

At Sierra by the Sea our clients have a personal chef who creates health, nutritional meals for the. We try to eliminate sugar and other food additives as they can cause many people to feel anxious. As well we offer supplements, such as GABA, kava, B vitamins, chamomile and valerian teas that are known to calm the nervous system.

If you or someone you know and love is struggling with addiction, anxiety, depression please reach out for help today.

Recovering from substance use disorders is a challenging journey that feels more doable in an environment that tends to each individual’s complex needs and strengths. Our goal is to foster a treatment experience that is built on compassion, hope, and caring, and fueled by excellence in the provision of evidence-based and trauma-informed care.

– - Anonymous