Depression Rehab

What is depression?

Everyone can feel upset or sad on occasion, but depression is where such feelings of sadness take over daily life and limit your ability to carry out day-to-day activities. Common symptoms of depression involve constant feelings of loneliness and isolation, hopelessness, insomnia, low confidence, low mood, difficulty concentrating and anxiety. In more severe cases, depression is often accompanied by thoughts of self-harm and/or suicide.

Depression is a common and yet complex mental health condition. Some people experience the condition for no reason, while others find it is linked to a traumatic experience they have had in their life and/or a life change such as the loss of a job or the death of a loved one.

If you or if someone you love is suffering from depression and you're considering rehab, we can help at Step One Recovery.

Your initial consultation for depression rehab

When you first get in touch with us about depression rehabilitation, we will discuss your condition in detail and focus on its potential causes. For example, you may be experiencing depression as a result of genetics or because you have a long-term ill health condition that is having a negative impact on your daily life.

We will also discuss your personal circumstances and past to see if something could have triggered your present depression such as the loss of a loved one, unemployment and psychological or social factors such as previous bullying, domestic violence or child abuse, alcoholism or drug abuse. We want to hear how you feel your depression has affected you, your relationships, career and everyday life so we can thoroughly assess your needs and cater to them with compassion.

You will be assigned a therapist who can give you 24/7 support and talk you through your bespoke treatment plan, and we will also consider other conditions that may be linked to your depression, such as anxiety. When you stay with us at our retreat in Alicante, rest assured that we will be understanding and sympathetic at all times and will ensure that you receive the best treatment, whether you are staying for a short time or a good few weeks. Our staff will make sure that you always feel safe, secure and healthy. We will discuss cognitive behavioural therapy and the psychological therapies outlined below that can help you break free from sad thoughts of hopelessness and help you to feel more confident about yourself and your life.

How we treat depression through rehab

How a person’s depression is treated will always vary, depending on the individual and their specific needs. Someone suffering a minor degree of depression may benefit more from speech theapies and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), while others with a more severe degree of depression may require these methods of treatment plus a programme of prescribed medication to manage their feelings and symptoms. We will discuss the following treatments with you to help you start to relax and feel happier:

Cognitive behavioural therapy: This is an intensive therapy session in which we re-wire the brain to gradually change your attitudes towards the life situations and things that make you feel sad or useless, to encourage a more positive and pro-active, confident way of perception. You will receive constant support throughout any difficult periods you have that cause you worry or sadness. This is a behavioural technique that you can use post-treatment time in our clinic, helping you cope more easily with daily situations as you move forward.

Family/group therapy: This is where we get you together with your loved ones and/or other people who are currently staying at the centre with us and talk about your depression together as a group, covering your triggers and feelings. This method is great for people who may not want to face counselling on their own and require support from family, friends or neutral parties.

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT): For those with severe depression, this type of therapy follows a similar format to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but with a greater focus on individal intense emotions of sadness that you may be feeling. While CBT can be used to treat behaviours and attitudes, DBT is used to treat more extreme emotions and feelings that cause great distress. In this type of therapy session, you will talk with your therapist about how you can better manage overwhelming emotions of distress, sadness or dispair so you can achieve a healthier outlook and manage suicidal thoughts.

Anti-depressant medications: We may decide that anti-depressants are necessary to ensure successful treatment. This includes medications to help you sleep and beat insomnia, or drugs that help your hormonal balance such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These are the most common types of anti-depressants, and you can rest assured that we will help you to manage any withdrawal symptoms you may experience in the event that you eventually no longer need medication.

Our retreat

We want your anxiety rehabilitation to be as calming as possible. Our professional team are very experienced in planning supportive programmes to help those that suffer from depression. We can give you effective guidance through a bespoke programme that focuses on healing your body, mind and soul with holistic practices, so you are living your best, most confident life. We are based in the sunny Costa Brava – a relaxing haven in Alicante where spending time in a warm and nourishing climate can work wonders on both mind and spirit. Our stunning retreat at the La Paz centre has been designed to give you the very best in luxurious comfort while you recover in the Spanish sunshine. We encourage mindfulness activities such as meditation, counselling and yoga to re-adjust your mindset and help you stay calm and relaxed.

All of our staff members are deeply passionate and committed in supporting their clients at all times. We select our team for their experience and dedication, as well as their sympathetic and positive approach to getting you back to being yourself. Call today to find out how we can help you or someone you love with depression rehab.

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