Depression is a serious, but treatable mental health disorder that affects millions of people. Depression is characterized by a profound sense of sadness and despair that greatly affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. This disorder is usually accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, decreased energy, and an overall lack of interest in life. This condition can greatly interfere with an individual’s ability to lead a productive and happy life.
At Starlite Recovery Center, we realize that depression, in addition to a chemical dependency concern, can make day-to-day life extremely challenging. We want you to know that you do not have to go through this difficult time on your own. Starlite Recovery Center offers a number of comprehensive, individualized treatment programs for men and women who have been affected by depression. Our goal is to provide treatment that promotes lifelong recovery from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a close friend or family member who is struggling with depression can be very upsetting and may also leave you feeling completely helpless. You know your loved one is in pain and that he or she needs help, but you may be at a loss for how you can help. Sometimes it may be hard to know exactly what to say to your loved one about his or her depression, and may fear that talking about it may make the situation worse. If you are unsure of how to start a conversation with your loved one about the need for treatment for his or her depression and substance abuse concerns, the following suggestions may help:
Ways you can start a conversation:
- I have been concerned about you lately.
- Recently, I have noticed some changes in you and am wondering if you are alright.
- You have seemed very sad lately and I wanted to check in with you.
- I may not know exactly how you feel, but I care about you and am here to help.
Questions you can ask:
- When did you begin feeling this way?
- Have you thought about getting help?
- What can I do to best support you right now?
- Is there something that happened that is making you feel this way?
In addition to talking to your loved one and encouraging him or her to seek treatment, remember that just listening to what he or she has to say can be extremely beneficial. Encourage your loved one to talk about what he or she is feeling and listen intently without being judgmental.
Why Consider Treatment at Starlite Recovery Center
If left untreated, depression can result in a number of consequences. It is not uncommon for depressed individuals to isolate themselves from the outside world by turning down social events, missing multiple days of work, and no longer making any real effort to stay in touch with friends and family members. Also depression can place an individual at an increased risk for multiple physical health concerns. Research has indicated that those who suffer from depression are four times more likely to have a heart attack than are individuals without depression. Suicide is also an increased risk for those with depression.
Types of Treatment Offered at Starlite Recovery Center
For more than 60 years, Starlite’s dedicated professionals, who possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise, have provided substance abuse treatment in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Although our treatment programs typically run between 30 and 45 days, clients can extend their stays, when necessary.
The three main residential treatment programs offered at Starlite Recovery Center include:
The Neoteric Program (Young Adult Male Program) is a highly experiential program for young adult males, ages 18-28. This 45-day program consists of activities specifically tailored to meet the needs and interests of this specific population, and prepares them to re-enter the world as healthier, happier, and better-adjusted young men.
The Adult Program is for men and women over 18 years of age. This 30-day program has been specifically designed to help those struggling to overcome issues with alcohol and other drugs.
The Journey Christian Program is offered for clients who desire a faith-based approach to the recovery process as they overcome their addiction to alcohol. This non-denominational track provides addiction treatment services from a Christian point-of-view.
Upon admission, all clients at Starlite Recovery Center are assigned a primary case manager and a small group for participation in the group process. Additionally, clients meet with an interdisciplinary treatment team of physicians, counselors, and nurses who will effectively manage their individualized care. The focus on individualized, compassionate care is the core of everything we do at Starlite. Treatment at Starlite Recovery Center provides each client with education on the disease of addiction, including addiction to alcohol, helps identify barriers to success, and establishes a foundation for lifelong recovery.
At Starlite, treatment for substance abuse may include many of the following components:
Detoxification: All clients who are admitted to Starlite Recovery Center for alcohol addiction are placed in our detoxification unit for an observation period of at least 24 hours to ensure that they are physically safe and stable before engaging in the therapeutic process. Clients in detox are under constant supervision and are seen by our medical director on a daily basis.
Medication management: Once the detox process is complete, clients may meet with our medical director on an as-needed basis for any medication needs. While there is no FDA-approved medication to treat substance abuse, medication may be used to treat the symptoms of a co-occurring mental health disorder. All medication needs are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Individual therapy: All Starlite clients meet with their primary counselor at least once a week for individual counseling and personalized treatment planning. Individual sessions offer a number of benefits, including helping an individual better understand their addiction to alcohol.
Group therapy: All clients engage in a number of group sessions each week with their assigned process group. Group sessions are held for at least an hour and a half each day and focus on issues that have been identified by either the clients themselves or by their counselor. Life skills groups consist of lecture or discussion sessions that focus on topics such as identifying personal triggers, developing coping skills, using sober support systems, and preventing relapse. Educational groups are designed to provide understanding in areas that affect clients’ daily lives.
Family therapy: Starlite understands the importance of family participation in the process of recovery from an addiction to alcohol. Family sessions are held every week on Friday and Saturday. In addition to these weekly family therapy sessions, Starlite also provides a two-day intensive family program, which includes a combination of education, family process groups, and skill building.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy, such as recreational groups and activities, is provided on a daily basis in order to enhance the emotional, physical, and cognitive wellbeing of our clients. Experiential therapy helps to ensure that the whole person is being treated. Some of the specific activities our clients may participate in include:
- Life skills groups
- Specific theme groups
- Participation in a Twelve Step group
- Twelve Step, or “Big Book” Study
- Ropes course with rock wall and zip line
- Equine-assisted therapy
- Onsite certified personal trainer
- Fully equipped workout facility, outdoor pool, miniature golf, wilderness outings, and nature trails
- Onsite yoga classes and meditation space
- Therapeutic massage
Starlite Recovery Center also offers specialized tracks that allow our clients to customize their recovery experience:
- Post-bariatric track, for those who have undergone weight loss surgery
- LGBTQIA track, which meets three times a week
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Throughout their time at Starlite, all clients work closely with their case managers and alumni coordinator to create a continuing care plan and identify needed support services.
From the day clients enter treatment until long after they have competed our residential program, they remain valued members of the Starlite family. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to those who choose to heal with us.