People who struggle with depressive disorders experience a range of negative symptoms, including depressed mood, loss of ability to experience pleasure, loss of interest in everyday activities, slowed movement or thinking, and changes in weight, appetite, or sleep patterns. Sometimes when a person is struggling with depression, he or she may abuse alcohol or another drug in an attempt to experience any kind of pleasure. This method of coping often ends up causing more harm, as a person now must contend with a substance use disorder in addition to a co-occurring depressive disorder.
Fortunately, Wilmington Treatment Center has helped individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring depression for more than 30 years. Located in beautiful coastal Wilmington, North Carolina, we are committed to helping each person in our care find freedom from substance abuse and co-occurring depressive disorders and live the life that he or she deserves.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
As you likely know, substance abuse and depression are disorders that do not just affect individuals, but entire homes and social groups. Having experienced the impact of these disorders through your loved one, you may feel helpless to do anything to address the situation. Despite your feelings of helplessness, you actually have the ability to be quite helpful. Consider the following:
- Research treatment centers and make a list of a few that may be a good fit for your loved one. Consider factors such as staff availability and treatment philosophy, and feel free to contact the facility to discuss any questions you may have.
- Learn about depressive disorders and learn about your loved one’s substance of choice. By reading reputable websites and talking with treatment professionals, you can begin to gain a grasp of what your loved one is going through and how you can help.
- Keep open lines of communication. Check in on your loved one, ask him or her how his or her day was, and reinforce your love and support for him or her. In addition, you might also want to consider letting your loved one know you are aware of his or her struggles with substances and depression, but make sure to do so in a nonthreatening, nonjudgmental manner. Gently introduce the idea of treatment, and respect your loved one’s decision.
- When your loved one decides to enter treatment, be ready to help him or her as much as possible. Present your list of treatment centers and help your loved one with the admissions process to his or her center of choice. For example, you might consider contacting the center to set up appointments with the treatment staff and then offering to accompany your loved one to those appointments.
- While your loved one is in treatment, continue actively supporting him or her by sending letters and calling on the phone as appropriate.
- Do not neglect your own care. In addition to keeping up with exercise, sleep, and healthy eating, maintain your hobbies and other activities that rejuvenate you. Also, make sure to seek support from your own support network of family and friends, and consider joining a support group for loved ones of those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring depression.
Why Consider Treatment at Wilmington Treatment Center
If left untreated, substance use disorders and co-occurring depressive disorders can have globally devastating effects on a person’s life. Together, these disorders can cause stress and strain on relationships, whether with friends, coworkers, partners, or family members, and the fallout from this relational strain may be social isolation. It is also extremely difficult to maintain work with these disorders, as they can cause poor job performance and job loss. The effects of these disorders are not limited to a person’s external world, either, as they can result in damage to the liver, kidneys, and other organs; increase one’s risk of contracting sexually-transmitted infections such as HIV; and can put a person at constant risk of a possibly-fatal overdose. Fortunately, with treatment it is typically possible to minimize or avoid the negative effects of substance abuse and co-occurring depression.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wilmington Treatment Center
Since 1984, Wilmington Treatment Center has been a leading provider of addiction treatment for men and women age 18 and older. By offering a full spectrum of services designed to meet patients’ varying needs, our center is where lives are changed for the better. Licensed as a hospital, our 139-bed oceanside center is equipped to treat men and women who require medical care while working toward their recovery goals.
In choosing Wilmington as the place to leave your addiction in the past, you can participate in 12-Step-based high quality programming, and you can benefit from the ongoing support of our dedicated clinical team. Each one of your treatment needs will be fully addressed by an individualized treatment plan that will help you overcome your addiction and successfully manage the symptoms of depressive disorders. Below are some of the types of treatment that can be included in your personalized treatment plan:
Inpatient detoxification: Depending on the substance than a person is abusing, uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal can emerge and prevent an individual from achieving sobriety. For this reason, we offer medically monitored inpatient detoxification so that our patients can comfortably manage withdrawal and gain the clarity of mind needed to focus on their recovery.
Medication services: Many men and women who come to Wilmington looking to overcome an addiction also struggle with the symptoms of mental health conditions, such as depressive disorders. Because of our dedication to providing superior care, we provide patients with medication management services so that they can receive the pharmaceutical interventions needed to heal from mental illness symptoms. Our medical director and 24/7 nursing staff oversee medication management services and closely monitor each patient so that we can ensure the safety and effectiveness of any and all medications prescribed.
Individual therapy: While Wilmington itself is a dynamic community that provides patients with substantial support from their peers and our staff, there is much to gain from patients being able to meet with a counselor in a private setting. Patients are assigned a primary counselor at the start of their treatment and can meet with their counselors when it is recommended by our clinical team or when a patient needs additional support. Individual therapy sessions allow men and women to work through feelings, establish goals, and learn new skills for maintaining recovery and coping with the symptoms of depressive disorders.
Group therapy: Individuals battling an addiction and depressive disorders have a greater likelihood of achieving their treatment goals when they have opportunities to receive support from and offer encouragement to their peers. As such, Wilmington is pleased to offer group therapy sessions each day in the morning and in the afternoon. Groups may include:
- Life Stages Groups, which cover specific topics centered around the needs of young adults, middle adults, and those chosen by the patients themselves
- Women’s group
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s group
- Discharge planning group
Recreational Therapy Program: Leaving one’s addiction in the past often requires ending certain behaviors or activities that previously encouraged the abuse of substances. At Wilmington, we understand how hard this can be, and we are eager to help those we treat discover substance-free leisure activities that will help them stick with their treatment goals. Offered through our Recreational Therapy Program, we provide a variety of activities and hobbies that are both fun and foster recovery and healing from an addiction and co-occurring depressive disorders.
Recreation time: Wilmington is proud to supply a variety of recreational activities that can rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. For 90 minutes each day, Monday through Friday, men and women can participate in the following leisure activities:
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Big Book Study
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
- Art therapy
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
- Board games
- Coloring pages
Family therapy: Led by our licensed marriage and family therapist, family therapy sessions are available to patients and their loved ones on an as-needed basis. As our patients work on recovering from an addiction and healing from the symptoms of depressive disorders, they and those closest to them can benefit from working on their relationships with one another and come together as a collective whole, ready and willing to support one another while embarking on this new chapter in their lives.
Family Program: As a means of supplying education and support to the friends and family members of our patients, our center is pleased to offer a Family Program. With programming offered on-site each weekend and a more intensive version of this program offered the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month, Wilmington aims to help those closest to our patients by offering educational opportunities and encouraging loved ones to share their stories with others who have also been impacted by chemical dependency and co-occurring depressive disorders.
Operation Recovery: With the Seeking Safety Model for treating trauma as a the foundation of this specialized treatment track, Operation Recovery offers unique programming opportunities for those patients with military backgrounds or those who are first responders. Treatment methods used in this track may include:
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat Related PTSD Program
- Coordination of care between medical and clinical staff
- Introduction to the 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings with military staff from local bases
- Monthly presentations led by Military One Source and the local Veterans Association
- Family involvement
- Command involvement (when consent is granted)
Depending on your treatment needs and goals, the above types of treatment can be included into your customized treatment plan. Our staff of dedicated professionals will work in collaboration with you to learn about your needs and goals and will formulate a plan that will help you to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes. Upon completion of our inpatient rehabilitation program, you can then participate in our partial hospitalization program and our intensive outpatient care before you return home. We have purposefully designed our treatment to be all-inclusive so that you are able to resume your life with the skills, confidence, and determination needed to remain on the path of long-term sobriety.
The staff at Wilmington is on-hand to answer any questions that you may have about our programming and can begin the process of admissions with you with just one phone call. Feel free to contact us at your convenience, and let us help you determine if our center is where you can achieve the sober life you deserve.