Backed by 50 years of research, outdoor adventure therapy is a proven methodology for treatment of depression in young adults. Find lasting recovery from depression today at our wilderness treatment center.
Learning about outdoor treatment for depression
Depression is a common, yet serious, mental health disorder that causes an individual to experience persistent sadness and an overall loss of interest in the world around them. Depression affects how one thinks, feels, and behaves and it can make it extremely difficult for an individual to function throughout the day. If left untreated, depression can lead to the development of additional mental health and physical health problems as well as cause troubles in other areas of a person’s life. The compassionate staff at Four Circles recognizes the toll that depression can take on a person and on their loved ones around them. We are here to show you that there is another way.
Four Circle Recovery Center is a leading outcomes driven wilderness-based treatment center specifically designed for men and women, 18 to 30 years of age, who are primarily struggling with substance use concerns, but may also be facing additional mental health concerns such as depression. We offer an innovative approach to rehab that integrates an adventure-based wilderness experience with professional clinical care and therapeutic treatment. Our committed professionals recognize that substance abuse is often accompanied by dual-diagnosis issues, such as depression, that must be addressed simultaneously to ensure lasting recovery and rehabilitation.
Helping a loved one get depression treatment
If someone you love is depressed the first thing that you need to know is that depression is a fully treatable disorder and that it is a common mental health disorder that affects millions of people around the world. That being said, you are most likely still battling a number of difficult emotions as you are trying to figure out what you can do to help. Before you can do anything for your loved one you should take the time to talk to your loved one, expressing your concerns and listening to what they have to say. Let your loved one talk about their feelings and do not judge them in anyway.
In addition to talking to your loved one, you should encourage them to reach out to a mental health professional for help. Sometimes it may be difficult to get a depressed person into rehab, but continue to be persistent. Offer to help your loved one find a treatment center that will meet their specific needs, accompany them to appointments, and continue to give them your unconditional support.
Why consider treatment for depression at Four Circles
Depression is much more than a period of sadness or temporarily feeling “down in the dumps.” This mental health disorder can bring about disruptions in all areas of a person life, interfering with his or her ability to work, interact with close loved ones, and take care of other responsibilities around the home. Those with depression may feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic. Furthermore, the feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness that many experience tend to be intense and constant. Substance abuse also tends to be extremely common in individuals with depression because they will often drink and/or use drugs to try and mask the inner turmoil they are facing. However, the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol will only make things worse, in some cases intensifying a person’s depression. Furthermore, if depression is left untreated it can only get worse over time. The deeper and deeper an individual sinks into his or her depression the greater the risk for suicide as he or she may eventually come to believe that suicide is the only way to stop his or her pain.
Types of treatment for depression at our center
At our wilderness treatment center, the rehab model is designed to engage clients by immersing them in the natural world where they are inspired to cultivate self-reliance by being faced with compassionate, yet uncompromising accountability. This model allows clients to reap the benefits of a therapeutic wilderness program while offering the opportunity to practice skills learned in real world settings. Finally, all treatment provided at Four Circles is gender-specific, with separate programs designed to meet the specific needs of clients of each gender.
The young men and women at our treatment center will are encouraged to attend offsite wilderness expeditions, which are led by a clinical treatment team member. Wilderness expeditions complement the work we do at our lodges and all include several hours of behavioral health therapy, group counseling, and outdoor guidance to ensure a long-lasting recovery from depression. Upon returning from their wilderness expeditions, participants integrate back into the community through meetings, service projects, and therapeutic groups before heading out on their next therapeutic wilderness expedition.
Rehab at Four Circles consists of 4 levels, each of which has a number of specific guidelines and assignments for clients to complete in order to move through the level system. We use a variety of clinical and holistic approaches to rehab that allows us to meet each client’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs while also helping them to establish a strong foundation for sustained recovery. Some of the specific treatment methods employed at our center, in the treatment of substance use disorders and depression, includes the following:
Medication management: Most often those who are suffering from depression require the use of antidepressant medication in order to help reduce some of the presenting symptoms. However, all medication needs are always decided on a case-by-case basis. For any client who requires medication management, Four Circles has a contracted psychiatrist and nurse practitioner both of whom are available within 24 hours. If a specific need arises, clients can be pulled from the field for an office visit.
Individual therapy: All clients at our treatment center will participate in individual therapy sessions on a weekly basis. Individual sessions are a time where clients can discuss personal progress that has been made in the program and a safe place where they can delve deeper into the underlying issues that may have caused the development of his or her substance abuse and depression.
Group therapy: Rehab at Four Circles includes a number of group therapy sessions including nightly process groups with our para-professional wilderness guides and weekly process groups with a licensed therapist. Clients will also participate in a 2 hour experiential challenge group, led by a program director, on a weekly basis.
Family therapy: We firmly believe that family participation is an integral part of the rehab experience for those who are recovering from substance use disorder as well as any additional mental health concerns such as depression. Families receive ongoing coaching and therapeutic contact through sessions with a primary therapist through weekly support calls. Additionally, we hold a two-day onsite workshop for all family members.
Adventure trips: In order to help clients foster a spiritual connection to their recovery journey, clients will also regularly participate in adventure-based counseling trips, which may include:
- Rock climbing
- Fly fishing
- Whitewater rafting
- Mountain biking
Additional therapeutic activities: In addition to participating in the therapeutic methods listed above all clients are provided with the opportunity to utilize a variety of additional therapies including:
- Martial arts
- Life skills training
- AA and NA meetings
- Yoga therapy
- Nutritional education
- Career/vocational/psychological testing
- Solution-focused therapy
- Psycho-educational skills training
- Motivational interviewing
Continuing care and levels of treatment for depression
Prior to completion of treatment, all clients will participate in a one-week healing ceremony where they will engage in solo experiences that will help to prepare them for the future. Once this rite of passage ceremony is completed, clients will return to base camp where they will work on aftercare planning, develop a relapse prevention plan, and create a support system that will sustain the progress they have made. Since we understand that recovery is a lifelong process that extends beyond a client’s time at Four Circles, we work closely with each client, their families, and referral sources to create a detailed discharge and aftercare plan.
Our wilderness treatment center also offers a Sober Living Transition Program for adult males, 18-30 years, who are in the process of transitioning from a primary abuse treatment program into independent living. This program is at least 14 days in length and provides clients with a number of therapeutic methods including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and medication management. Additionally, adventure based trips are taken every weekend.
Finally, Four Circles offers a 28-day Relapse Prevention Program specifically for individuals who are in transitional living or have completed a primary treatment program that are in need of this additional level of care or have relapsed while in step-down care.
No matter what substance abuse concern or co-occurring disorder you may be struggling with Four Circles can provide you with the skills needed to lead a happy, healthy life. With our help you can break free from substance abuse and overcome your depression.