Although one of the most commonly occurring psychological disorders, depression is often misdiagnosed as transient, which leaves an individual who’d finally found the courage to seek help confused. They may feel they are exaggerating negative emotions or that there’s something wrong with them, resulting in loss of self-confidence. Depressed individuals may become convinced their depression is something to learn to live with. They may feel as though they can do nothing right.
Individuals with depression may believe they are unworthy of friendship or love, so they withdraw from relationships. Lack of a support network places them at increased risk for developing more severe symptoms. They may self-medicate with substances to provide temporary relief, which can lead to a substance abuse disorder.
One of the most enduring reasons that people don’t seek help for their depression is the social stigma the mental illness carries. Many individuals hide their suffering; attempting to tough it out, afraid their secret will get out. Depression may lead them to feel as though they’re losing everything that matters to them as they struggle to get through the day.
You do not have to suffer in silence. Depression is a real illness with real treatments available. You have nothing to be ashamed about and you are not alone. Many individuals have come through our doors with the same difficulties and have gone on to live happy lives. At Acadiana, our staff is here to help you discover ways to meet your needs for a successful recovery and teach strategies to re-establish control over your life and where you want it to take you.
Why Seek Treatment for Depression at Acadiana
At Acadiana, we are dedicated to ensuring your needs are met and we will treat you with the utmost respect and dignity. We know that you’re more than just a collection of depression symptoms; you’re a human being with wants and desires. We’re here to help you understand your disease, learn how to manage it, so that you can go on to lead a productive and fulfilling life filled with the support of your loved ones.
We understand your pain you are feeling and how overwhelming it must be to get through a single day. You may not know how to function in your daily life any longer. You may find getting out of bed to be impossible. You may have convinced yourself that no one cares about you. While this is how you feel, it is not true. Many individuals who struggle with depression feel the same way.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Acadiana we know that it takes multiple techniques and therapeutic modalities to successfully treat the range of problems people with depression experience. We understand how complicated and lonesome depression is. At Acadiana you can rely on us to be there when you need us. We will treat you with the respect you deserve while protecting your dignity. We fully believe that everyone who comes to us can experience a better quality of life and make a positive contribution to their community.
Treatment Approaches We Use to Treat Depression
When you come to us, you’ll be assessed to determine which type of care you need from us. Our residential treatment program is offered to patients who do not need detox and will be monitored for safety 24-hours a day. This program focuses upon starting a foundation for recovery. We’ll help you become emotionally stabilized, educated about depression, and help you to become an active participant in your recovery.
We offer extended care residential programs for male and female clients available to those who have completed primary care. Lasting a minimum of three months in three different phases, you will learn recovery tools, depression relapse prevention, and life coping skills.
We know that every person has different needs and so we have multiple therapeutic options to help ensure you’re getting the most out of your stay with us. When you come to Acadiana, you’ll be thoroughly evaluated to determine the best way we can help you overcome your depression and learn to live a healthy, happy life once again. You’ll work alongside your treatment team to devise a plan of care that addresses all of your needs – mind, body, and spirit.
Individual Therapy – We know that each person has those things they want to discuss with a therapist in a private environment. We guarantee a minimum of one individual session per week, but many of our clients feel as though they benefit from 2-3 sessions each week.
Group Therapy – We use groups in two ways to aid in your recovery. Our process-oriented groups are aimed at helping people work through issues such as depression, treatment, and recovery. Our psychoeducational groups provide information to help you learn the tools you need to continue your recovery. In addition, we ask that everyone who comes to us write and share their autobiography with the group to promote bonding.
Family Therapy – Mental illness can impact every member of a family unit, straining relationships and making bonding difficult. We seek to reconnect you with your family members and help you to mend any broken relationships. In addition, we also offer a three-day intensive family workshop for you and your loved ones.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a form of therapy we often use to help you to understand how negative emotions affect your behaviors. We work to show you the ways these maladaptive thoughts can affect your behaviors in order to help you view the world in a more positive manner.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) – REBT is similar to CBT; this therapy works to replace irrational beliefs with rational ones and help you focus on ways to improve your future. This is balanced with improved tolerance for negative emotions and acceptance of past events as firmly in the past.
We also have non-traditional options to help you progress towards your goals. These include:
- Art therapy
- Spiritual counseling
- Recreational groups
- A.A. and N.A.
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
At Acadiana we are committed to providing continuity of care. You will work collaboratively with your treatment team to create the best aftercare plan for your needs. We provide a number of options you may consider after you leave our inpatient program.
We have two intensive outpatient programs. Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a full day program based on the same philosophy as our other programs and provides you with similar treatment options as our inpatient program, but with less structure and increased time for informal interactions. Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a less rigorous outpatient alternative that meets during the evenings, providing a minimum of 10 hours of therapy throughout the week. This program allows you to participate in a variety of process-based, psychoeducational, and skills-building groups, along with family and individual therapy. You will also be encouraged to participate in support groups. In the event you are discharging to home, we will work to locate a provider in your area to continue traditional outpatient treatment.