Depression is serious mental illness that is much more than the occasional blues, as it tends to take over a person’s life, making it difficult for an individual to function properly on a daily basis. Those with depression tend to feel as if nothing will ever get better and no longer have an interest in doing things they once enjoyed. For some individuals, these symptoms may become so overwhelming that they may be unable to even get out of bed. At Harbor Oaks Hospital, we understand how debilitating depression can be, which is why we are dedicated to offering superior treatment to help individuals find relief from their pain. Our exceptional programming is geared towards identifying and treating symptoms of depression so that those afflicted with such an illness can achieve a happy, healthy life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Helping a loved one or a family member who is struggling with depression can be challenging and at times you may even be wondering what exactly you can do to support your loved one during this difficult period in their life. However, if you take the time to learn how you can best offer support and understand how you can assist your loved one in finding the resources he or she needs, you can jump-start recovery process. Here are some things you can do:
- Take the time to learn the signs and symptoms of depression so that you know what you can expect.
- Encourage your loved one to get professional treatment because, oftentimes, people will not be able to overcome depression on their own.
- Express your concerns to your loved one, making it clear how much you care about him or her.
- Help your loved one stay on track throughout the recovery process, making all prescribed medications are taken according to the psychiatrist’s orders and attend all counseling sessions.
- Make sure to take care of yourself so that you don’t become too frustrated or burned out. Ask family members to help or seek professional help for yourself if it is needed.
Why Consider Treatment at Harbor Oaks Hospital
If depression is left untreated it can lead to the development of even more serious consequences in a person’s life. When a person with depression does not receive the treatment he or she needs there is an increased chance for engagement in risky behaviors such as drug and/or alcohol abuse. As a person begins to abuse these substances in an attempt to self-medicate, the presenting symptoms can become worse and additional concerns could manifest. Furthermore, as an individual becomes overwhelmed with the symptoms of depression, his or her interpersonal relationships could suffer, work performance may decline, and overall physical health may deteriorate. More specifically, it may be more difficult for a depressed individual to overcome serious illnesses. All of these potential effects can make the symptoms of depression even more devastating if not properly treated.
Types of Treatment Offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital
Harbor Oaks Hospital, an exemplary provider of mental health and chemical dependency treatment, is pleased to offer a number of treatment options designed to help children, adolescents, adults, and older adults realize their capacity to change, and overcome the behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and substance abuse concerns that plague them. Additionally, for those who have found themselves struggling to make it through each day, our treatment programs have been designed to help these individuals, regardless of their age, develop the tools needed to overcome their depression. As an acute care hospital, we employ a number of therapeutic interventions that fulfill our mission to provide holistic treatment that cares for the whole person, rather than simply focusing on the presenting symptoms of depression. The programming featured at Harbor Oaks incorporates the 12-step model for care and recovery, didactic behavioral therapy, The Hazelden Curriculum, and motivational interviewing into the techniques woven into the therapeutic experience. Our caring staff administers this treatment with the utmost compassion and respect for all who are entrusted into our care so that true healing and recovery can be achieved.
At Harbor Oaks Hospital, we operate under the unified goal of providing each patient with individualized care so that the most favorable treatment outcomes are the result. In order to achieve this goal, we supply the following treatment methods, of which have proven effectiveness in improving the lives of those who come to our hospital to receive treatment for opiate abuse:
Medically-monitored detox services: For adults who have developed a physical dependence on alcohol and/or drugs, medically-monitored detox is often the first line of defense in helping these individuals become sober and being the process of recovery. Our staff of highly-trained and experienced physicians and nurses supervise patients as they go through the process of withdrawal so as to minimize the risks involved. Within these services, certain medications may be administered to make withdrawal as comfortable as possible so that the therapeutic process can begin once an individual’s body is rid of the harmful substances that led to his or her addiction.
Medication management: For those who are struggling with depression, medication is often used to alleviate the symptoms of this condition. Individuals engaged in Harbor Oak’s innovative programming have the opportunity to meet with one of our onsite psychiatrists who can determine if medication is needed, monitor an individual once a medication regimen has begun, and make adjustments to any medication prescribed so as to garner the most favorable outcomes for each patient.
Individual therapy: Depending on the program, patients at Harbor Oaks can partake in one-on-one therapy sessions with a mental health professional. Within these sessions, patients can process their emotions regarding their progress in overcoming their depression, discuss any concerns that should arise during the course of treatment, and work through inner turmoil within the confines of a confidential, therapeutic relationship.
Group therapy: Therapy administered in a group format is an integral part of the treatment offered at Harbor Oaks. These groups are led by qualified mental health professionals and afford patients the opportunity to find additional support from others who are facing similar struggles. The following topics are covered in the myriad of groups offered at Harbor Oaks:
- Substance abuse education
- Alcoholic Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- DBT-informed skills
- Medication education
- Mental illness education
- The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Family meetings and education: At Harbor Oaks, we believe that family support and involvement can increase a person’s chances for achieving lasting healing and recovery from depression. Because of this belief, we facilitate family meetings between patients and their families to discuss the therapeutic process, discharge planning, and methods for improving relationships within the family unit. We also supply education opportunities for family members so that those closest to our patients can learn more about mental health disorders and chemical dependency.
Activity therapy: Depending on the program, patients at Harbor Oaks may engage in a variety of activity therapies. These therapies are implemented into a patient’s treatment in order to meet the varying needs of those entrusted into our care. The following activity therapies are those that are featured within our programming:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy with dogs
An individualized treatment plan is created for each and every patient at Harbor Oaks. The previously mentioned therapies may or may not be part of a patient’s care as all treatment plans are tailored to meet the specific and unique needs of those who partake in the exceptional treatment offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
In order to ensure that our patients are successful after completing inpatient treatment, the staff at Harbor Oaks Hospital begins discharge planning from the moment an individual embarks on the therapeutic process for the treatment of addiction. These plans can include referrals for continuing services, as well as safety plans, so that any positive strides made while at Harbor Oaks are continued and built upon.
At Harbor Oaks, we conduct an ongoing assessment of each patient’s needs in order to determine the most appropriate course of action once a person completes a level of care. Regardless of the program, we diligently work to ensure that every patient will receive the all-encompassing care needed to continue the healing and recovery process. In order to achieve this mission, Harbor Oaks Hospital supplies a number of less intensive treatment options for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our mental health partial hospitalization programs and adult chemical dependency intensive outpatient program are designed to meet the needs of those who do not require or no longer need the stabilization offered in an inpatient treatment setting.
If you or a loved one is in need of specialized care that is geared towards helping people plagued by mental health conditions, such as depression, live happier, healthier lives look no further than Harbor Oaks.