While sadness is something that everyone experiences throughout their lives, there are some individuals who experience such profound feelings of sadness and hopelessness that it interferes with their ability to function in a healthy manner. In such cases, it is possible that these individuals are suffering from depression. For these individuals, even getting out of bed in the morning can seem like a monumentally difficult task, as they are overwhelmed by negative and pervasive emotional turmoil. Sadly, some individuals who suffer from depression end up turning to the use of drugs or alcohol as a means of trying to cope with their distressing symptoms. Unfortunately, this pattern of substance abuse will only serve to cause more devastation in the lives of sufferers.
At Wellness Resource Center, we recognize how all-consuming, and sometimes even debilitating, depression symptoms can be, and we understand how substance abuse can cause those symptoms to worsen. For this reason, we have developed programming that specializes in treating dual diagnosis concerns so that those who come to us for care can rediscover a healthier, happier, and brighter future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a family member or loved one who is suffering from depression can be extremely distressing. Watching someone you care about deal with overwhelming feelings of sadness and hopelessness can leave you feeling desperate to find a way to help him or her. If your loved one is struggling with an addiction on top of battling his or her symptoms of depression, you may also be worried about how the addiction will negatively impact his or her life as well. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help. Consider the following:
- Educate yourself on depression and how drug or alcohol abuse can exacerbate symptoms. Having this knowledge will benefit you when discussing your concerns with your loved one.
- Research treatment centers that specialize in treating co-occurring depression and substance abuse concerns.
- Sit down with your loved one and talk to him or her openly and honestly about the concerns you have. Present him or her with the research you have done on potential treatment centers and engage him or her in a discussion about the benefits of receiving treatment.
- Refrain from lecturing your loved one or being judgmental in any way. Allow your loved one to have an opportunity to discuss his or her own fears and concerns regarding getting treatment.
- Offer to accompany your loved one to any appointments that are scheduled and, once treatment has begun, talk to his or her treatment provider to get recommendations on ways that you can be an active part of the therapeutic process.
- Remain a constant source of encouragement and hope for your loved one, showing him or her that you will be there for him or her no matter what.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
When individuals are plagued by the symptoms of depression and do not receive treatment, they are vulnerable to experiencing a number of negative effects. Work performance can decline or absences from work may become frequent, both of which have the potential to result in job loss. Social withdrawal and isolation is commonplace in those suffering from depression, of which can lead to relationship disturbances and familial strife. Additionally, the distressing symptoms of depression are likely to continue worsening when treatment is not received, leaving individuals susceptible to experiencing ongoing suicidal ideation or compulsively engaging in self-harming behaviors. When these individuals are also battling a substance abuse problem at the same time, their risk for experiencing adverse health consequences also rises exponentially. For these reasons, it is imperative that treatment is sought. When such interventions are made, people can overcome their addictions and learn how to successfully manage their depressive symptoms.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
Wellness Resource Center is a private treatment program that is dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of individuals who are suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions, including depressive disorders. Recognizing that the compounded issues that arise as the result of dual diagnosis substance abuse concerns and mental health disorders can cause monumental disturbances in individuals’ lives, Wellness is proud to offer a comprehensive, individualized, and integrative approach to treatment that is tailored to meet our clients’ unique needs. Our goal with each client is to assist in a process of internalizing hope and motivation for recovery, while helping them develop a concrete plan for maintaining and moving beyond the gains they make while in treatment.
At Wellness Resource Center, treatment begins in Phase I, which is our day and night treatment program with community housing. Also referred to as our partial hospitalization program (PHP), clients in this program are exposed to a daylong schedule of treatment activities eight hours a day, five days per week. The goals of this level of care are vast and include the following:
- Helping clients to understand the relationship between their presenting issues and problems that have arisen in their lives
- Assisting clients in identifying specific behaviors and tendencies that have promoted or could promote relapse
- Guiding clients as they build skills that can be successfully maintained after returning to the community
- Helping clients learn how to manage challenges (emotional, family, social, etc.) that continue to interfere with healthy living
Phase I of treatment is supported by caring and compassionate staff members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This phase is designed to promote daily living activities while also implementing intensive therapeutic interventions as clients work to manage the symptoms that result from depression. During a client’s stay at Wellness Resource Center, the following may be included into his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: When people are suffering from depression, certain psychotropic medications can be extremely beneficial at helping to alleviate the distressing symptoms they experience. The use of any medication, however, will be determined based on an individual’s specific needs, on a case-by-case basis. Clients will meet with a psychiatrist at a minimum of once per week in order to monitor any medication that has been prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Clients meet with their primary therapists at least once each week for individual therapy sessions, with additional sessions being added on an as-needed basis. During these sessions, clients have the opportunity to meet privately with their therapists in order to discuss how their treatment is progressing and to discuss any problems or concerns that they may have.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the central component to treatment at Wellness Resource Center. Groups meet 5 days a week, with between 3 and 4 different groups being held each day. Group therapy is an exceptional way for clients to explore their commonalities and has proven to be a vital avenue for helping clients to gain insight, ultimately assisting them in making positive changes in their daily lives. The various types of groups that clients can expect to take part in during programming include:
- Psychoeducational groups
- Experiential groups
- Process groups
- Age-specific groups
- Gender-specific groups
Within these groups, a variety of different topics will be discussed, including goal-setting, coping skills, trauma, body image, and relapse prevention, amongst countless others.
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are offered to clients and their family members when deemed clinically appropriate to helping a client successfully progress in treatment. If family members are unable to be physically present for any scheduled family sessions, Wellness Resource Center will reach out via telephone contact, conference calls, and written communication in order to ensure that they are kept informed of their loved one’s progress in treatment.
Experiential therapy: At Wellness, we believe that a holistic approach to treatment is crucial when treating those suffering from addiction and co-occurring depression. In order to do this, we are pleased to offer a number of experiential therapies that clients may engage in during their time in treatment. Clients’ time spent participating in experiential therapies will vary, however, as all treatment is tailored to meet each individual’s unique set of needs. Examples of the experiential therapies offered as part of programming at Wellness include:
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
- Adventure activities
- Teamwork activities
- Communication-based activities
- Social activities
Family Program: When individuals are battling depression, it does not only affect them, but it affects their family members as well. Keeping this in mind, Wellness Resource Center is immensely proud to offer our Family Program at no additional costs to clients or their families. This program meets every other month and provides psychoeducation for our clients’ family members, while also giving them the opportunity to participate in process groups that aim to help them understand the importance of communication in regards to their loved one’s recovery.
After completing treatment in Phase I, clients may step-down to the programming offered in Phase II. Phase II is an extended care option that is offered through our intensive outpatient program (IOP). In this phase of programming, clients may continue living in our client housing, attend treatment part-time, and then receive intensive case management while beginning to look for employment. Following Phase II is Phase III of treatment, which may be recommended for some clients. During this phase, clients are provided with long-term supported sober living.
This thorough and seamless extended care continuum truly makes Wellness Resource Center stand out as an exceptional provider of care for substance abuse and co-occurring depression. Clients’ lengths of stays are not limited, and services throughout the entire care continuum are provided by the same staff members. In doing so, clients can rest assured that they will receive constant, continuous care from the time of their admission until the time of their discharge, and beyond.