At Blue Ridge we understand how depression affects every aspect of your life; depression alters the way you think, the way you evaluate your environment, it changes your behavior, decreases your motivation, and interferes with your ability to relate to others. We are also aware that depression often accompanies other mental illnesses.
In serious cases, depression can become so incapacitating you may feel unable to cope in major areas of your life. If you’re suffering from severe depression, it’s not unusual to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to numb the emotional pain. However, self-medication can lead to a substance abuse problem, further complicating your depression.
Depression is a complex mental illness that can lead to serious suffering if not treated by skilled mental health professionals. To help you focus on depression recovery, your physician may recommend a residential treatment program like Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center.
Nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on 40 sprawling acres, Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center treats men and women suffering with mental illness as well as alcohol and drug abuse. Our residential program provides holistic treatment that allows individuals time to work through their depression in a safe and supportive environment.
Why Should You Consider Residential Treatment at Blue Ridge
Residential treatment that uses a combination of therapies and medication can be extremely effective for those struggling with depression and co-occurring disorders. Residential treatment centers like Blue Ridge allow you to focus upon your recovery while removing most external pressures and stresses.
Our program is designed to ensure everyone who comes to us for help feels secure and encouraged throughout their stay. We employ only empirically-validated treatments that have been proven to treat all types of depressive disorders. Our professionals are ready to help you take charge of your life and see yourself in a happier, more productive future.
From the moment you enter our doors to the moment you leave, you’ll always have a compassionate staff member available. We want you to feel comforted and cared for as you face some of the biggest challenges in your life. Our holistic depression treatment center in a beautiful and serene environment aims to do just that.
We make sure that when it’s time for you to leave our program, you’ve created an aftercare plan with your treatment team that allows for the continuation of care and healing. We’re here to help you help yourself.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Our residential program at Blue Ridge is a multidimensional program that treats the whole person. We see you as a whole person rather than a collection of symptoms or a diagnosis. We spend a great deal of time getting to know you, your likes and dislikes, the stresses you face, and the strengths you have within you. Discovering your emotional, social, spiritual, physical, social, and vocational needs allows us to see your strengths and abilities. It is these inherent strengths that you will use to heal and recover from depression.
Types of Therapy we Use to Treat Depression
There are a number of treatment options for depression available in our residential programs. We’ve learned through extensive research that the best way to treat depression is to use a holistic approach of medication management, various therapies, and experiential treatments.
Medications may be used only at the beginning of treatment to decrease the severity of symptoms, enabling you to better engage in the therapeutic process. Many individuals can be weaned off medication as they learn other coping strategies. Other people may require long-term medication to manage their depression. The use of medication will be the decision of your treatment team.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy we often employ at Blue Ridge. CBT helps you identify ways of thinking that contribute to your depression and alter these thought patterns to reflect more realistic views of your world. You’ll be amazed by how changes in thinking can significantly change your emotions and behaviors.
Reality-based therapy (RT) focuses upon issues in immediate present. Problem-solving techniques are taught and practiced through role playing and other exercises. This allows you the chance to fully learn these strategies before applying them to real life settings.
Individual therapy offers the opportunity to work through your depression concerns, share your struggles, and set goals in an intimate environment. Individual therapy allows for a deeper connection and trust between you and your therapist making it easier to discuss your innermost struggles.
Group therapy is an important type of therapy for people struggling with depression. We hold groups to process issues related to a topic such as anger management, coping strategies, relapse prevention, or suicide attempts. We also offer psychoeducational groups so you can learn about such issues as re-entering social situations, depression triggers, and relapse prevention.
At Blue Ridge we understand that you are part of a larger infrastructure. Although you may be estranged from loved ones, through structured family therapy sessions, rifts may be mended. We want your loved ones to be able to express their experiences with your depression as well as teach them about your depression and treatment. We will connect your loved ones with available community resources to continue their healing.
We provide additional ways to address your recovery through non-traditional approaches. These include:
- Recreational programming
- Guided meditation
- A.A. and N.A.
- Art programming
- Spiritual therapy
- Nutritional counseling
- Role playing
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
Once it has been determined that you are ready to leave our healing center, you will work with your treatment team to develop an aftercare plan for your continued recovery. If you should need an extended care option, our staff will facilitate the placement at an appropriate program and help prepare you for the transition.
If it is determined that the best option for your recovery is an intensive outpatient program, you may be referred to a Partial Hospital Program (PHP) or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). These types of programs provide less structure than residential programs while still providing a variety of therapeutic services to help you continue to recover from depression.
In the event you are discharging to home, we will connect you with a local outpatient provider, set up an appointment time, and give you the name of the contact person so that there are no lapses in your recovery. We will also connect you with community services and support groups so that you are able to receive continuous support after you leave us.
No one should live in misery. Don’t let depression get in the way of living life to its fullest. There are effective treatments to help you enjoy life and experience the happiness you deserve.