Treatment for Adolescent Depression

Adolescence can be difficult enough without having to deal with the effects of depression. Depression can make adolescents’ worlds seem grim, gray, and boring. It may cause them to avoid activities they used to enjoy. Far more than occasional sadness or moodiness, depression is, at best, a hindrance and, at worst, completely debilitating. Sometimes, adolescents may turn to substances in an attempt to feel something. While the substances may seem to help somewhat in the short-term, the effects of substance use combined with depression create a self-sustaining destructive cycle. Being a parent or guardian of an adolescent engaged in this cycle can be incredibly painful, but thankfully there is help available to you and your son or daughter.

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 adolescent programming that makes us a great place for a new beginning.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

Watching your son or daughter struggle with depression is a painful experience, but watching him or her 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 child. Here are some suggestions for how to best help him or her:

  • Research depression and substance abuse. Spend time reading and asking about co-occurring adolescent depression and substance abuse. Speak with a knowledgeable mental health professional
  • Have open conversations with your child. Reassure your child that you love him or her and that, even when it may not seem like it, you really want the best for him or her. As much as possible, avoid letting your fear take over the conversation
  • Offer to set up and attend appointments with your son or daughter.
  • Research treatment centers that provide specialized programming for adolescents who are suffering from anxiety and co-occurring substance use disorders.

One of the most important things you can do is support your loved one. Research on stress and recovery shows close relationships are a powerful buffer against stress, so your relationship is actually a critical part of your child’s recovery process. Try your best to engage with and care for your child.

Why Consider Treatment at Keystone Treatment Center

The potential consequences of adolescent depression and substance abuse each can be devastating; when an adolescent is struggling with both at the same time, the potential for negative consequences is that much greater. Adolescents who suffer from depression and substance abuse may withdraw socially and retreat from relationships. They may begin to lose their self-esteem or engage in self-harming behaviors, perhaps even beginning to think of suicide. They may lose interest in activities they used to enjoy and begin to think and move more slowly. The addition of a substance use disorder brings the potential for organ damage, infections, sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancy, a weakened immune system, or even a fatal overdose. While these dangers are severe, adolescents can avoid these negative consequences by seeking treatment.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center

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 program is located on 13 acres of semi-rural land, providing a peaceful retreat for healing. Our residential treatment programs 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 adolescent 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 assist 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 to five times per day. Group topics for adolescents may include:

  • 12-Step Group Meetings
  • Skills Training Groups
  • Spirituality Group
  • Relaxation Group
  • Community Group
  • Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
  • Recovery Skills Group
  • Experiential Growth Groups
  • Topics Group
  • Exercise Group

Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional groups, patients at Keystone have a number of daily experiential therapy opportunities to choose from, including:

  • Recreational therapy
  • Cultural activities
  • Pastoral care
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Ropes course
  • Arts and crafts
  • Social training
  • Arts and crafts

Study Time: Adolescent patients are provided the opportunity to meet with a full-time, licensed teacher who will coordinate services with the patients’ home schools in order to ensure the continuity of credits received while in treatment. This service is designed to assist patients so that they do not fall behind in their academic work while participating in treatment.

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 your adolescent is struggling with depression and an addiction, let us be the first step towards a recovered life.

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