While many people experience bouts of sadness or feelings of hopelessness from time to time, those who battle clinical depression experience these same emotions and feelings to such a degree that several areas of their lives can be adversely impacted. The downtrodden mood associated with depression can cause a person to develop low self-esteem, low self-worth, self-harming behaviors, ideations of suicide, and a number of physical health ailments as a result. Furthermore, those who do not receive care for depression are at a heighten risk for abusing substances, of which can quickly turn into an addiction if the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol is occurring as a way to cope with the distressing symptoms present. When this occurs, the effects of depression coupled with the consequences of chemical dependency carry the potential to cause widespread devastation in the lives of sufferers and their loved ones as well.
What is pivotal to know, however, is that both depression and addiction are very treatable conditions that respond very well to treatment. By engaging in treatment that includes effective interventions that care for depression symptoms and focus on recovery from an addiction to substances, those who are battling these two conditions can ultimately live healthy lives.
At Bowling Green, we understand how difficult it can be to combat an addiction when a mental health condition, such as depression, is present at the same time. Our staff of knowledgeable and compassionate professionals is trained and experienced in caring for people with such afflictions and is dedicated to improving the lives of all who chose to heal with us. It is our mission to provide the most exceptional care possible and we have been able to help countless men and women transform their lives by offering effective treatment within each of our programs. If you or someone you love is in need of a treatment provider that can help begin the journey towards a healed and recovered existence, look no further than Bowling Green. We are here to help you or your loved one begin the recovery journey.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Untreated depression can take a devastating toll on a person’s overall wellbeing. The emotional lows and inner turmoil that are caused by the presence of this illness can begin to consume an individual and result in the onset of several destructive behaviors. Substance abuse, more specifically, is an example of such behavior that can signify the beginning of a downward spiral that concerned friends or loved ones may not know how to stop on their own. And while the person battling depression and substance abuse/addiction will have to put in the time and be dedicated to healing and recovering from these conditions, concerned friends and loved ones can play an integral role in helping the person they care for in getting the treatment he or she needs. Consider doing the following if you are a friend or loved one of someone who is battling depression and addiction:
- Educate yourself on depression and addiction and come to understand how these conditions can impact one another.
- Research treatment options that are equipped to care for individuals grappling with dual diagnoses.
- Discuss the need for treatment with your loved one and be open to hearing what he or she has to say. Also, share your findings on various treatment providers with your loved one during this conversation.
- Convey your intentions of showing support while your loved one is in treatment, and be sure to follow through on them in the event your loved one engages in a program.
- Once your loved one has engaged in treatment, it could be helpful to talk with your loved one’s treatment provider to understand what you, as a friend or loved one, can do to be supportive during this difficult time.
Lastly, it is important that you seek your own support while your loved one is in treatment. Your loved one’s depression and addiction has likely impacted you and it is necessary for you to care for yourself so that you can be of the best assistance to your loved one once he or she has completed his or her treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
Allowing the symptoms of depression to persist can cause insurmountable damage to a person’s life. Depression, by itself, can cause a decline in an individual’s occupational performance, decrease in the quality of meaningful relationships with others, and lead to an overall deterioration of a person’s health. However, when a person battling depression is also struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, these effects will likely occur faster and with more devastating consequences that can affect loved ones as well. In many cases, those grappling with clinical depression turn to substances as a means of unhealthily coping with their symptoms. When this is the case, depression symptoms will worsen and the dangerous cycle of substance abuse can lead to an addiction, of which can be quite difficult to break without the help of professionals. Especially when the individual is unable to cease his or her use of substances, the resulting depressed feelings can become so overwhelming that it causes an individual to engage in self-harm or have persistent thoughts of suicide. For these reasons and many more, it is imperative that an individual suffering from a dual diagnosis seek treatment so that a healthier life can be achieved.
Types of Treatment Offered at Bowling Green
For over 30 years, Bowling Green has been a provider of superior chemical dependency treatment for men and women, aged 18 and older. Set in the scenic and historic countryside of the Brandywine River Valley in Pennsylvania, our center offers a truly unique atmosphere that is tranquil and extremely conducive to the healing and recovery processes. The peaceful environment in which we supply care pairs well with the evidence-based practices we use, as our center has helped countless adults successfully combat addictions to substances and a myriad of dual diagnoses, such as depression. Our commitment to providing exemplary care has not changed since we first opened our doors, and our staff of qualified professionals all share the same vision of assisting residents in reaching each one of their treatment goals to the fullest. At Bowling Green, we believe that chemical dependency is very treatable and that, through the use of treatment methods and modalities that have proven effectiveness, any and all who come to us for care will leave our center will newfound optimism for the future.
A large part of what makes treatment at Bowling Green so transformative for residents is that our staff puts forth the effort to make the treatment process one that is highly individualized to meet the needs, both large and small, of those who chose to heal and recover with us. Comprised of physician assistants, psychiatrists, nurses, counselors, case managers, and clinical technicians, Bowling Green’s staff is able to offer comprehensive treatment that embodies what it means to provide clinical excellence through every phase of treatment. When a man or woman elects to come to Bowling Green, he or she will complete a thorough assessment so as to determine where treatment needs lay. Once complete, our staff will work in collaboration with new residents to determine which of the following treatment methods will be woven into each resident’s plan for treatment, of which are based on person-centered, CBT, and psychoeducational approaches to care:
Medically monitored detoxification: When prospective residents come to us for treatment dependent upon substances, detox services may be incorporated into their treatment plans if it is deemed appropriate. Under the supervision of medical professionals, residents will be given the care they need in order to go through the withdrawal process safely and with minimal discomfort. Detox occurs prior to engaging in our other programming options and is not a stand-alone service. While receiving detox services, residents will be able to partake in medication management services with our psychiatrist, individual therapy sessions, as-needed family therapy sessions, and experiential therapy sessions. Lastly, group therapy opportunities are available while residents go through detox and may include the following groups:
- Impulse Control
- Healthy Living
- Medical Compliance
- Communication Skills
- Handling Guilt
- Introduction to 12-Steps
- Recovery Stress
- Recovering Emotions
- Stink Think
- Positive Psychology
- Cycles of Behavior
- Anger Management
- Overcoming Depression
- Sleep Strategies
- Daily Living
Medication management: Those battling a mental health condition, such as depression, at the same time as an addiction to substances may require certain psychotropic medications in order to alleviate the distressing symptoms they are experiencing. When this is the case, residents are afforded the opportunity to meet with our esteemed psychiatrists once per week to have their medication needs addressed. Any medications prescribed are monitored by our staff and adjustments can be made during the course of treatment if it appears to be necessary to the resident’s overall treatment and wellbeing.
Individual therapy: Led by qualified counselors, individual therapy sessions take place once per week and allow residents to process their progress, setbacks, emotions, and other concerns with one-on-one attention. Additional sessions can be added to a resident’s treatment plan if it is needed and are excellent forums for residents to establish a therapeutic relationship that can aid in the healing process.
Weekly family program: Occurring each Sunday, Bowling Green’s weekly family program is available to loved ones and family members of our residents in order to offer them support and education while the person they care about receives treatment with us. This program includes a one-hour psychoeducational presentation that is then followed by a family session led by one of our counselors. Additionally, Al Anon comes onsite during family sessions so as to provide loved ones and family members with additional support, information, and resources.
Additional family therapy: In addition to the family therapy sessions offered within the weekly family program, residents can request or a recommendation can be made for including additional family therapy sessions in a resident’s treatment plan. These sessions are available on an as-needed basis and will provide our residents and their primary support systems with the attention they need to heal as a unit.
Group therapy: Held throughout the day, 7 days per week, group therapy is an important element of the treatment offered at Bowling Green. Types of groups offered include process groups, 12-Step groups, gender groups, psychoeducational groups, community meetings, and daily wrap-up meetings. Some groups offered in the dual diagnosis program are held outside when the weather permits and may include the following:
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Recovering Emotions
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Overcoming the Past
- Overcoming Guilt
- Impulse Control
- Clean Thinking
- Social Skills Development
- Relapse Prevention
- Focused Thinking
- Anger Management
- Overcoming Depression
Experiential therapy: Taking place during psychoeducational groups, experiential therapies occur weekly and can include the following:
- Daily recreation time
- Music therapy
Depending on the needs of the resident, some of these treatment methods will occur more or less frequently during the course of treatment. Furthermore, additional treatment options may be added if it is apparent that they will be beneficial to the resident’s care.
Continuing Care and Discharge Planning
Once our male residents complete our dual diagnosis residential programming, they have the option or may be referred to our partial hospitalization program. This innovative programming option is for men, aged 18 and older, and houses residents in Bowling Green’s offsite housing. The partial hospitalization program is to help residents continue the positive progress they have made and allows them to solidify the skills learned while in residential care.
For residents who have completed programming with us and are ready to return to their respective homes, we, at Bowling Green, work tirelessly to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible. Our knowledgeable and helpful case managers work with residents to determine what services and resources will be needed upon leaving our center. These same staff members are also able to arrange transportation and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments needed.
If you or someone you love is in need of high quality care that can set the stage for a bright and hopeful future, your search is over. At Bowling Green, we want to help you or your loved one achieve the healing and recovery needed to achieve sobriety and manage the symptoms of mental health conditions, such as depression.