Depressive disorders are a class of mental health disorders that all have similar symptoms. The conditions cause moods to fall into a depressed state, elicit a loss of feelings of pleasure even while participating in enjoyable activities, and cause individuals to experience a lack of motivation in their daily lives. If a person suffers from a substance use disorder, he or she may also experience depression at some point. When this happens, it is possible that the substance disorder will progressively worsen as a person tries to alleviate the depressed symptoms by way of further substance use. Substance use and depression begin a compound scenario, where negative symptoms flourish. Although these concerns may not be easy to cope with, they are treatable at a professional depression rehab center and the effects do not necessarily have to be long-lasting.
Our professional team at Serenity Knolls, located in California, believes that no one should fight against addiction and depression alone. Our team has progressively applied research-proven methods to address each of these disorders at our depression and addiction treatment center for over 25 years. We know that every person with these disorders can heal and regain a grip on an enjoyable life, free of substance abuse and the ability to manage the symptoms of depression.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
As difficult as it is to be depressed, watching a loved one go through the motions of the disorder is not at all easy, either. Perhaps just as much can be said for seeing a close companion suffer an addiction at the same time. The combination of both disorders can leave you wondering if there is any further hope.
We are here to tell you that there is. Regardless of how severe the effects are now, or have been in the past, how long the disorders have endured, or which disorder came first, your loved one can heal and you, along with experts at a professional treatment and rehab center, can help. Consider the following suggestions:
- Do not give up on your relationship with your loved one. Remember that this is a person in a crisis. Giving up on the relationship will leave him or her isolated and without a main source of support that he or she may need to recover. Granted, you will need help and support, too. Though, you will also need understanding and compliance from your loved one as well. Remember when you lay your expectations out on the table, that compliance may take a while. Be patient. Remember, too, that all of your observations should be presented in an especially non-confrontational manner. Try not to come across as overly judgmental. Always show love.
- Learn about the disorders that your loved one is suffering from. In doing so, you can learn about behavioral traits that may otherwise seem confusing. Also, know that treatment professionals can assist you in gathering the information that you need to understand depression and addiction and the rehab and treatment needed to overcome both.
- As you learn about the effects of the disorders, jot down a few rehab and treatment centers that address depression and addiction that you think could provide good assistance in this situation. Further questions can be considered with the admissions staff.
- Your loved one may not be ready straight away to enter treatment, but it is critical to begin this process as soon as possible, so share your treatment center findings with him or her. Offer to help in any practical way that you can to get him or her into treatment and cared for all of the way through. Making appointments, finding adequate transportation, and the like are practical ways of assisting your loved one.
Remember that helping someone else should not put your own health at risk. Do not neglect your needs and be sure to get enough nourishing food, rest, and physical activity. Your own emotional needs can be fulfilled by maintaining healthy relationships that refresh you. There are even support groups for persons in situations similar to yours, who are also trying to help loved ones overcome substance abuse and depression. Spending some time with members of such a group can provide practical enlightenment and emotional support.
Why Consider Treatment at Serenity Knolls in California
Depression and substance use disorders can destroy a person’s life if care is not received. It is not at all uncommon that a person who suffers from both of these concerns at the same time will lose his or her job, finances, family, overall health, and perhaps even more. Judgment is impaired, memory can suffer, organs get damaged in ways that are sometimes difficult to repair, and sometimes overdose or suicide lead to a premature death before ever pursuing the ever present opportunity of finding a way out of these issues. Effective care at a treatment and rehab center can provide the comprehensive care that is able to reduce, relieve, or repair these effects. With the right treatment, recovery is within reach.
Types of Rehab and Treatment Offered at Serenity Knolls
Perched on a knoll in the majestic San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, Serenity Knolls is a leading provider of clinically excellent, evidenced-based chemical dependency treatment for adults over the age of 18. In addition to the comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation that we offer for individuals who are working to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol, we are also pleased to provide programming for individuals who are suffering from mental health disorders, including depression, in addition to a substance abuse problem. Having succeeded in earning the reputation as one of the premier residential treatment centers in California, at Serenity Knolls, we are proud to have helped thousands of men and women overcome their struggles and move on towards living fulfilling and fruitful lives.
At Serenity Knolls, our primary goal is to help residents overcome the suffering they experience as a result of being dependent on drugs and/or alcohol with comprehensive treatment and rehab. Yet, we also understand the profound distress that can arise when individuals are suffering from both chemical dependency and a mental health condition like a depressive disorder. As such, we strive to offer those who are entrusted into our care with the well-rounded interventions that they need in order to find true and lasting healing. By partaking in the effective addiction rehab and depression treatment we offer here at Serenity Knolls in California, individuals can both overcome their addictions and learn to manage the symptoms of depression.
The multidisciplinary treatment teams that we employ here at Serenity Knolls are dedicated to devising individualized treatment and rehab plans for each man or woman who engages in our programming. Those customized plans of care may include the following interventions:
Individual therapy: Conducted by psychologists and marriage and family therapists, individual therapy sessions are an invaluable treatment intervention for individuals who are suffering from depression and substance abuse concerns. During these one-on-one sessions, which occur on a weekly basis, men and women have the opportunity to discuss their progress in treatment, address any concerns that they have, and work towards overcoming any personal challenges that they are facing.
Individual counseling: In addition to weekly individual therapy sessions, residents at Serenity Knolls also benefit from receiving daily counseling sessions with experienced and compassionate drug and alcohol counselors. This serves as a time for residents to check-in with their counselors so that they can address any immediate concerns or crises, as well as to ensure that they are progressing positively in treatment.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are another extremely beneficial therapeutic intervention for individuals who are suffering from chemical dependency and co-occurring symptoms of depression. These sessions, which occur several times each week, provide residents with an opportunity to come together with other residents who are facing similar challenges. In this environment, individuals can give and receive support and encouragement to and from other residents. These group sessions are led by psychologists, experienced drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, and other healthcare professionals. The various types of groups that residents may participate in during their time at Serenity Knolls can include the following:
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s groups
- Women’s groups
- Educational groups
- Process groups
Couples and family counseling: Knowing how important relationships can play an immensely significant role in the healing and recovery of individuals who are suffering from substance abuse problems and co-occurring depression, at Serenity Knolls, we are pleased to offer couples and family counseling to all of our residents upon request.
Weekend Family Program: The Weekend Family Program is designed to offer family members, close friends, and other loved ones the education and support that they need to understand not only their loved one’s struggles, but their own struggles as well. This program features a unique and effective process that includes education, sharing of experiences, and multifamily group therapy sessions.
At Serenity Knolls, we are aware that recovery does not end with the completion of our residential treatment and rehab program for addiction and depression. Instead a lifetime journey. For this reason, we provide thorough discharge planning for our residents after they complete residential rehab and treatment, which include discussions on potential options for continuing care. In addition to any recommendations that are provided, we are also proud to offer our residents, past and present, the lifetime benefit of being able to engage in our aftercare program, at no cost.
If you or your loved one is suffering from depression, and is simultaneously plagued by the compulsion to abuse drugs or alcohol, please reach out to the experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate staff at Serenity Knolls in California. Here, you can become the person that you deeply want to be. We can help you recover your life.