Depressive disorders have the potential to make life feel dull and gray. Characterized by frequent sad mood, loss of pleasure in almost all activities, apathy, fatigue, and a number of other painful symptoms, depressive disorders can drive a person to substance use in an attempt to seek pleasure anywhere he or she can find it. Unfortunately, when a substance use disorder exists in combination with a co-occurring depressive disorder, the potential for life-altering consequences becomes substantially greater.
At Mirror Lake, we have extensive experience providing rehab to help people overcome substance abuse and co-occurring depressive disorders. Our caring and compassionate staff are eager to give you the best possible chance at living a life free from the influence of substances and co-occurring depression.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with a substance use disorder and co-occurring depressive disorder can be a difficult and disheartening experience. While it may feel as though there is little you can do to help your loved one, there are a number of steps you can take to help, such as:
- Learn about your loved one’s substance or substances of choice. Different substances have different effects and risks on those who use them, so learning about your loved one’s substance of choice can help you recognize the signs and symptoms of intoxication and overdose, and can assist you in developing a safety plan for what to do in those situations.
- Learn about your loved one’s depressive disorder. Speaking with a mental health professional can help you learn about the signs and symptoms of different depressive disorders and how to best help a loved one who has one of these disorders.
- Research treatment options. There are many rehab centers that may meet your loved one’s needs, but some will be a better fit for your loved one than others. Learn about treatment options and feel free to also contact the clinical staff at a few rehab or treatment centers to understand their approach to treatment. Once you have completed your research, make a short list of a few centers that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Talk openly with your loved one. Maintaining your relationship with your loved one can be a powerful aid to his or her recovery. Share your concerns with your loved one, but try to do so in as open and nonjudgmental a manner as possible.
- When your loved one is ready to enter treatment, help him or her with planning and preparing. Schedule appointments with treatment center staff, and offer to accompany your loved one to those appointments. During your loved one’s stay in treatment, remain an active and supportive presence.
- Above all, continue to take care of yourself. Keep up with healthy behaviors such as eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. In addition, seek support from friends and family members, and make sure to take time to keep up with your hobbies and other activities that rejuvenate you.
Why Those in Tennessee Should Consider Treatment at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
Depressive disorders can significantly affect a person’s life, but when combined with a substance use disorder, the potential for adversity increases dramatically. It is not unheard of for people with these disorders to struggle in their relationships, which can potentially result in separation, estrangement, divorce, loss of child custody, and even social isolation. One’s job performance is also likely to be affected, causing career derailment, demotion, or even loss of one’s job altogether. With long-term unemployment and significant expenses diverted to purchasing drugs, financial stress is also possible. Finally, these disorders can even affect a person’s own body, causing organ damage, memory problems and other cognitive impairment. Sadly, death due to overdose or suicide is also probable should an individual fail to seek treatment for these conditions. Fortunately, however, depressive disorders and substance use disorders are very treatable with effective treatment from a comprehensive rehab center.
Types of Treatment Offered at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
Mirror Lake, a premier addiction treatment center located in Burns, Tennessee, is one of the state’s longest standing providers of high quality rehab for men and women looking to recover from addictions and co-occurring mental health conditions such as depression. Offering a three-phase treatment experience that includes medically monitored detox, residential, and partial hospitalization programming, Mirror Lake has been able to help thousands of individuals achieve lasting sobriety.
The top-notch care we provide helps clients realize their capacity to change and grow. With the support of our staff, which includes an addictionologist, a psychiatrist, therapists, nurses, and clinical technicians, our clients are able benefit from our multifaceted treatment that is based on the 12-Step philosophy. Our 146-bed center is also licensed as a sub-acute hospital, which allows us to treat those with complex medical histories that other centers are not able to accommodate. Furthermore, we only utilize proven effective treatment methods and protocols so that each client will experience the most favorable rehab outcomes.
In choosing Mirror Lake as the place to begin your rehabilitation journey, you will receive a rehab plan that is uniquely tailored to your needs and goals. The following are among the components of care that our center provides, and are those that can be included in your personalized plan of treatment:
Medically monitored detoxification: In order to effectively participate in our residential programming, some Mirror Lake clients require detoxification services at the start of their treatment. Closely monitored by our medical staff, our center’s detoxification services allow clients to go through the process of withdrawal with minimal discomfort. Depending on the type of addiction that a client is grappling with, we will select the most appropriate detox protocol to meet his or her needs. Upon completion of detox, clients are then welcome to engage in the next phase of the recovery process.
Medication management services: When engaged in our detox, residential, and partial hospitalization services, clients will receive daily medication management services supervised by our psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and nurses in the event they require relief from the symptoms of depressive disorders, another mental illness, or an addiction.
Individual therapy: In order to help our clients process their addictions and any existing symptoms of co-occurring disorders, such as depression, Mirror Lake includes individual therapy into its programming. These sessions are held weekly and allow our clients to develop a therapeutic relationship with an assigned counselor. Short-term rehab goals can be established during sessions, and clients can hone their problem-solving and decision-making skills while navigating the treatment process. Furthermore, clients who were being treated by another counselor prior to starting treatment at our rehab center can grant consent to have their counselor participate in these sessions as well.
Family therapy: The process of recovering from an addiction and a depressive disorder can be more successful when an individual has the support of loved ones. At Mirror Lake, we want to help our clients repair and restructure their relationships with those closest to them and do so by offering weekly family therapy sessions. Family sessions take place on our campus in Burns, Tennessee, and are led by our devoted counselors who help families heal from the damage addiction has caused.
Family Program: Mirror Lake recognizes that addiction has the capacity to affect more than just the person who is abusing substances. For this reason, we are proud to offer a Family Program each Sunday so that those closest to our clients can benefit from the following methods of treatment:
- Shared meals
- 12-Step based meetings
- Non-denominational worship services
- Video tapes
- Lecture series
- Experiential exercises and conjoint groups
Group therapy: Covering topics and issues identified by our clients or our counselors, group therapy is an integral part of the rehab we provide. Taking place multiple times per day, group therapy allows clients to gain insight and support from others who have walked similar paths. The following groups are among those that have enabled the men and women of Mirror Lake learn new skills, gain a better understanding of addiction and recovery, and develop the confidence in knowing that lasting recovery from an addiction and a co-occurring depressive disorder is possible:
- Recovery Principles
- Living in Balance
- Relapse prevention
- Gender-specific groups
Experiential therapy: When a person comes to our treatment center battling an addiction and the symptoms of a depressive disorder, he or she can greatly benefit from our holistic approach to rehab. Experiential therapy, which helps clients to understand the mind-body connection, is part of this treatment approach and includes the following activities:
- Art therapy
ReNew Program: Mirror Lake is pleased to offer a Christian approach to addiction treatment. For those who are interested in strengthening their faith while on the road to recovery, our ReNew Program supplies treatment that is grounded in Christianity. When partaking in this program, clients can benefit from the following while at our rehab center:
- Meeting with chaplains
- Celebrate recovery meetings
- Bible study using Life Recovery Bible and workbook
- Daily journaling
- Daily worship and prayer
- 12-Step meetings
The above types of treatment can be included in each of our clients’ personalized treatment plans. In choosing to come to our center for rehab, you or the person you care about will learn which treatment methods will be most beneficial in terms of meeting your or your loved one’s needs and goals. Furthermore, upon completion of treatment at Mirror Lake, you or your loved one will receive a thorough discharge plan that will detail the recommendations and resources needed to ensure that recovery is lasting.
With an unparalleled dedication to helping men and women reclaim their lives from addiction, Mirror Lake is a treatment center that is prepared to help you come to know a life that is no longer dictated by addiction and the symptoms of depression. Let us help you realize your healthier tomorrow, today.