Adult depression is not merely a period of feeling sad or blue, nor a matter of not having the willpower or being lazy. Depression is instead a debilitating experience of profoundly depressed mood and loss of motivation and pleasure. With depression, the world often seems gray and unappealing, and the nature of the disorder makes help seem all but unobtainable. Some people turn to substances like alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, or meth to help themselves cope. In the short-term, substances might provide some transient relief, but in the long-term, they harm much more than they help, compounding a depression sufferer’s feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
At Keystone Treatment Center, we understand how pervasive and powerful depression symptoms can be and how substance use can make things worse. Because of this, we have developed comprehensive, individualized programming that makes us a great place for a new beginning.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one struggle with depression is a painful experience, but watching a loved struggle with depression and substance use can be unbearable. You want to do everything you possibly can to help, but sometimes you feel helpless. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to help your loved one. Here are some suggestions for how to best help the person you care about:
- Do your homework. Make sure to read and ask knowledgeable people about adult depression. Know your loved one’s drug or drugs of choice and learn what symptoms might occur with an overdose. Read about the challenges that co-occurring depression and substance abuse can bring.
- Avoid insisting that your loved one “just get over it.” Asking someone with depression and substance abuse to “get over it” is akin to asking a person with diabetes to “just produce more insulin.”
- Have an open conversation with our loved one. Let him or her know that you are aware of his or her drug use. Listen to your loved one. Avoid letting your fear take over the conversation, but instead remain open to hearing his or her story.
- Research treatment centers and possible treatment options.
- Help your loved one by making phone calls and setting up appointments. Offer to accompany him or her to appointments.
- After your loved one is admitted to a program, talk with his or her treatment providers to coordinate treatment and find out how you can help.
- Encourage and support your loved one. He or she is taking a courageous step by choosing to move towards a better life.
Above all else, support your loved one. Research on stress and recovery shows close relationships are a powerful buffer against stress. Your relationship is a critical part of your loved one’s recovery process. To whatever extent you are able, engage with and care for your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Keystone Treatment Center
When people are suffering from both depression and a substance use disorder and do not receive treatment, serious and even fatal consequences may result. These can include social withdrawal, poor self-esteem, self-harming behaviors, and thoughts of suicide. Often they will lose interest in activities they used to enjoy and may have poor motivation or slowed movement or thought processes. A co-occurring substance use disorder brings additional problems. Depending on the substance, someone may be susceptible to liver disease, heart problems, kidney damage, infections, or a weakened immune system. Despite the dangers of simultaneous depression and substance use, your loved one can avoid many of these consequences by taking part in appropriate treatment.
Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center
Located in South Dakota, Keystone Treatment Center is a nationally recognized substance abuse, compulsive gambling, and mental health treatment center that offers inpatient and outpatient treatment for both adolescents and adults. Our inpatient center is located on 13 acres of semi-rural land, providing a peaceful retreat for healing. The residential treatment programs offered at our center are separated by gender, allowing each of our patients a uniquely tailored treatment experience. Part of this experience also includes specialized tracks for adult and adolescent patients. Men and women can partake in our Gambling, Christian, Young Adult, Chronic Pain, Native American, Methamphetamine Corrections, or Opioids tracks. Adolescent patients can benefit from our Christian or Native American tracks. Depending on each patient’s needs, one or a combination of the aforementioned tracks can be incorporated into his or her customized treatment plan.
Perhaps the most important facet of our programming is our staff. We use a multidisciplinary approach, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, addictionologists, nurses, therapists, counselors, dietitians, technicians, pastors, and cultural advisors to surround patients with a caring, attentive staff. Depending on individual needs, we provide our patients with the following types of treatment:
Medically monitored detoxification: If an individual comes to our center with drugs or alcohol in his or her body, we provide medically monitored detoxification services within our inpatient programming so that he or she can then fully participate in treatment. Our detoxification services include 24/7 nursing care with physicians available to monitor the progress of patients.
Medication management: Those struggling with depression may need certain medications to alleviate their symptoms. Medical doctors and staff psychiatrists work together to determine the best medication regimen for each individual patient, and nursing staff assists with medical monitoring and medication management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy provides a safe place for patients to process through the triumphs and trials that the healing and recovery process can entail. All patients are provided with individual therapy at least twice per week with a primary counselor. In addition, patients also have the option of meeting with a psychiatrist, primary nurse, psychologist, or clergy member as needed.
Family therapy: While each patient’s decision to begin treatment is a strong step towards recovery and freedom from his or her afflictions, a patient’s family can be one of his or her best resources. Keystone recognizes the unique role that family plays in a patient’s process of healing, and so we provide a licensed family therapist who conducts therapy sessions with the patient and family members as needed. In addition, we provide a weekly Family Program every Sunday before visiting hours. The Family Program is free of charge and includes one hour of psycho-educational programming prior to meeting with patients. We also offer day-long programming on Mondays and Tuesdays for family members.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a central component of our treatment. Groups are led by licensed or certified counselors and are held three times per day. Group topics may include:
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Relaxation Groups
- Topics Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy group
- Gambling Group
- Community Group
- Spirituality Groups
- Skills Training Groups
- Young Adult Topic Group
- Men’s Topic Group
- Women’s Topic Group
Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional groups, patients at Keystone have a number of daily experiential therapy experiences to choose from, including:
- Recreational therapy
- Arts and crafts
- Cultural activities
- Social training
- Ropes course
- Pastoral care
In addition to the above treatment methods, we work closely with patients to create thorough discharge and aftercare plans. Each patient’s individual counselor and primary nurse work with a social worker to evaluate discharge needs. In addition, we offer weekly discharge planning groups throughout a patient’s stay with us.
Here at Keystone, we care about recovery. We aim to restore our patients to healthier, happier, more productive lives free from dependence on addictive chemicals, gambling, and other destructive behaviors. If you or someone you love is struggling with depression and an addiction, let us be the first step towards a recovered life.