Depressive disorders are a group of disorders whose symptoms include depressed mood, loss of ability to experience pleasure, and lack of motivation. When a person is experiencing a depressive disorder in conjunction with a substance use disorder, the effects of both disorders can build off of each other, causing a downward spiral of negative symptoms. Though the effects of a substance use disorder and co-occurring depressive disorder can be devastating, help is available for those who seek it.
At The Rose, we believe that overcoming a substance use disorder and a co-occurring depressive disorder should be a battle no woman fights alone. For more than 20 years, our multidisciplinary team has provided quality care for women with these disorders, and we are committed to the goal of giving each woman the best possible chance to learn to manage the symptoms of a depressive disorder and live a substance-free life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Though watching a loved one struggle with a substance use disorder can be painful, standing by as she struggles with both a substance use disorder and a co-occurring depressive disorder can feel almost unbearable. Despite how difficult it may be, there are still a number of steps you can take to help your loved one.
First, maintain your relationship with her. Remember she is in crisis and you are likely one of her best sources of support. Share your concerns and observations with her in a gentle, nonconfrontational manner and try to remain open and nonjudgmental. Keep in mind that her journey to recovery may happen at a different pace than what you may be hoping for, so try your best to remain patient.
As you continue to maintain your relationship with her, also learn about her specific depressive disorder and her specific drug or drugs of choice. Seek input from treatment professionals and learn about the symptoms of intoxication and overdose.
In addition, start looking into treatment centers and make a list of a few that may be a good fit for your loved one. If you have any questions, admissions staff at your chosen treatment centers will be happy to talk with you.
Once your loved one decides it is time to enter treatment, share your list of treatment centers with her and offer to help ease her transition into treatment. Offer to help with logistical issues such as setting up appointments with treatment center staff and arranging transportation. While your loved one is in treatment, make sure to continue to actively support her.
During this entire process, it is critical to not neglect your own needs. Eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Seek out your friends and family and lean on them for support, and keep up with hobbies and other activities that rejuvenate you. Also, consider joining a support group for people whose loved ones are struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illnesses.
Why Consider Treatment at The Rose of Newport Beach
Substance use disorders and depressive disorders each can cause immense disruption on their own. When combined, however, these disorders can grind a person’s life to a halt. Loss of career opportunities, poor job performance, job loss, long-term unemployment, and financial strain are all possible. These disorders can also strain relationships, causing social isolation, separation, estrangement, and divorce. Additionally, the presence of an addiction and co-occurring disorder like depression can affect a person’s mind and body, resulting in poor memory, loss of good judgment, cognitive difficulties, organ damage, risk of contracting disease from shared needles, organ damage, and the ever-present risk of overdose or suicide. While these effects can be disastrous, the good news is that with effective care at a comprehensive treatment center, it is possible to minimize the risk or avoid them entirely.
Types of Treatment Offered at The Rose of Newport Beach
Situated along the beach in Southern California, The Rose of Newport Beach is a leading provider of addiction and dual diagnosis residential treatment for women aged 18 and older. Since treating our first client over 20 years ago, we have helped many women rediscover lives that are no longer entangled by substance abuse, and we believe that we can assist you or your loved one achieve the same. Our team of professionals, which includes a psychiatrist, doctors, therapists, an addictionologist, a psychologist, a nutritionist, and a hypnotherapist, to name a few, all possess the experience and dedication to assisting women in their journeys towards recovery. By employing professionals with diverse backgrounds, we are able to implement a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that allows each woman to heal from the devastation that substance abuse brings.
The all-encompassing care that we offer includes a variety of treatment methods and interventions that aim to help women recover from their addictions and any co-occurring mental health conditions, such as depression. We recognize that each person who entrusts us with her care has likely endured certain struggles, comes from a unique culture, and possesses her own set of values and spiritual traditions, and we treat each woman with an awareness that specific treatment needs must be met. Our treatment planning process is centered on the needs of our clients so that recovery is both achievable and long-lasting. The therapeutic interventions listed below are among those that we offer our clients. These therapeutic interventions are proven to elicit the most favorable treatment outcomes when a woman is suffering from an addiction and depression:
Medical detoxification: Before partaking in the therapeutic aspect of recovery, some women must receive medical detoxification services first in order to rid their bodies of the substances to which they have been addicted. When this is necessary, The Rose is able to facilitate detox services so that our clients can participate in their treatment while also experiencing relief from withdrawal symptoms.
Medication management: When a client is battling a mental health condition, such as depression, the use of certain medications can be beneficial in alleviating distressing symptoms. Our psychiatrist conducts a thorough psychiatric assessment within 72 hours of a client being at our center, can determine if there is a need for medication, and is able to prescribe the medication(s) that will meet our clients’ needs. If medication is recommended, our doctors and nursing staff can monitor each client’s progress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Individual therapy: In order to give our clients the individualized attention they deserve, The Rose allows clients to take part in individual therapy twice per week. During sessions, women are able to process their experiences, explore their emotions, and discuss the recovery process with our licensed marriage and family therapists and certified EMDR therapists.
Group therapy: Successfully recovering from an addiction and the symptoms of depression can be difficult without the support of others who understand firsthand what it is like to grapple with such concerns. In order to help our clients feel supported and less alone in their struggles, The Rose offers 6 hours of group therapy each day. Women can learn from their peers, provide guidance, and offer encouragement while learning about and discussing the following topics:
- Family systems
- Sex and love
- Grief and loss
- Relapse prevention
Experiential therapy: For a woman’s mind, body, and spirit to truly heal, she must come to understand the mind-body-spirit connection and how the healing of one can affect the others. Experiential therapy is a great medium for women to understand and experience this connection, which is why The Rose is proud to offer the following to clients:
- Beach walks
- Art therapy
Family therapy: At The Rose, we feel it is important to involve our clients’ primary support networks during the recovery process. Once each week, our staff facilitates calls with our clients’ loved ones so as to help those closest to our clients heal at the same time. Additionally, The Rose offers a Family Program that occurs once per month, and allows friends and family members to attend programming for two and half days at our center. While taking part in this program, clients’ loved ones participate in the following:
- Psychoeducation opportunities
- Process groups
- Tours of The Rose
- Al-Anon meetings
- Meetings with case managers
- Alumni meetings
The above interventions and services are available to all women who choose to heal and recover at The Rose of Newport Beach, and we are happy to discuss with you or your loved one how these methods have helped numerous women regain control over the lives that addiction once stole.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
An integral part of the programming offered at The Rose of Newport Beach is the continuing care that is built into our treatment. Once a woman completes our residential treatment, she will participate in our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and then our intensive outpatient program (IOP). These programs are designed to enhance our clients’ treatment experience and helps them solidify the skills needed to be successful in their recovery once they are ready to leave our center. This all-inclusive approach to care is proven effective and is one of the reasons The Rose a premier provider of women’s addiction treatment. Furthermore, once a woman is ready to leave our center, our staff works closely with her to determine the most appropriate aftercare services so that she is able to maintain the recovery success she achieved with us.
If you or someone you care about would like to learn more about the world-class treatment available at our center, feel free to contact us at your convenience. At The Rose, your bright and recovered future will certainly blossom.