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Personalized Treatment for Chronic Depression & Substance Use Disorder

Depression, a prevalent and complex mental health condition, affects millions worldwide. It extends far beyond mere feelings of sadness, plunging individuals into a state of deep hopelessness and disinterest in once-enjoyable activities.

The impact of depression affects mental health and overall well-being.

The impact of depression reaches beyond emotional turmoil. Understanding the prevalence of depression and its various forms is crucial in recognizing the signs and symptoms in oneself or others.

Types and Symptoms of Depression

Depression can manifest in various forms, each with distinct symptoms and characteristics. Understanding the different types of depression is essential in recognizing and addressing individuals’ specific challenges. Some of the most common types of depression include:
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
MDD, also referred to as clinical depression, is distinguished by its persistent nature, intense feelings of sadness or a lack of interest in activities once enjoyed. Individuals with MDD may experience changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, and difficulty concentrating.
Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)
Formerly known as dysthymia, PDD involves chronic low-level depression lasting two or more years. While the symptoms may not be as severe as MDD, they can be long-lasting and impact daily functioning, making it challenging for individuals to experience a sense of well-being.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

SAD is a form of depression that occurs during specific seasons. Recognizing the specific type of depression and its symptoms is crucial in providing appropriate support and interventions to help individuals manage and overcome their struggles. Seeking professional help is essential for accurate diagnosis and developing tailored treatment plans for each individual’s unique needs. 

Identifying the Root Causes of Depression

Identifying the root causes of depression is a complex and essential aspect of understanding and treating this mental health condition. Depression can arise from a combination of factors, including biological, psychological, environmental, and genetic influences.

Biological factors involve imbalances in brain chemicals and neurotransmitters that affect mood regulation. Psychological triggers may include unresolved trauma, stress, or negative thought patterns. Environmental factors, such as challenging life events, loss, or prolonged exposure to adverse conditions, can also contribute to depression. Additionally, individuals with a family history of depression may have a genetic predisposition.

Pinpointing these underlying causes is crucial in tailoring effective treatment plans that address the specific needs and challenges faced by those experiencing depression.

The Importance of Seeking Professional Help for Depression

Seeking professional help is essential for anyone experiencing symptoms of depression. Trained mental health professionals can provide accurate diagnoses, offer appropriate treatment options, and create a supportive environment for individuals to address their struggles. Delaying or avoiding seeking help may exacerbate the condition and hinder the path to recovery.

Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, and effective treatments are available to manage and overcome depression. With the proper support system, individuals can embark on a journey towards improved mental health and a more fulfilling life.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment at Renewal Lodge

At Renewal Lodge, we are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate treatment for individuals struggling with depression. Our specialized approach focuses on addressing the unique needs of each individual, recognizing that depression can stem from various factors and experiences. Our highly trained and empathetic team of mental health professionals is dedicated to creating a supportive and healing environment for our clients.

Our depression treatment program begins with a thorough assessment to understand the underlying causes and specific symptoms experienced by each individual. We believe in a holistic approach to treatment, which integrates evidence-based therapies, medication management if needed, and complementary therapies to promote overall well-being.

Dear Renewal Lodge Visitors,

My name is John Bruna, co-founder of the Mindfulness in Recovery® Institute, and more importantly, a grateful member of the recovery community. I am incredibly fortunate to have found my recovery in 1984. Of course, I did not achieve continuous recovery through willpower or my own efforts, but through the guidance and caring support of countless others that selflessly taught me how to live through the 12 Steps.

My journey of recovery brought this once homeless, shame-based, traumatized, insecure young man to a life far beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I discovered self-worth, the joy of helping others, the gifts of parenting and grandparenting, and most importantly the ability to live a meaningful and purposeful life with integrity.

One of the greatest gifts of recovery is that I have the opportunity to give back and help others discover their self-worth, dignity, and the skills to fully live lives that they find truly meaningful. This is the inspiration for developing the skills of Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) to meet the needs of new generations struggling with alcohol and other substance use disorders. MIR is a set of evidence-based skills designed to help people fully integrate their tools of recovery in ways that are personalized, practical, and in alignment with their deepest values.

While we train counselors and therapists throughout the United States and abroad, I personally have chosen to work directly with the amazing team and clients at Renewal Lodge to develop the model MIR 12-step program for the nation. I choose Renewal Lodge because of the vision of its mission and the dedication of its team. Renewal Lodge is an extremely rare environment in which the staff embodies the very mindfulness and 12-step practices and skills they offer their clients. The results have been beyond my expectations. It is an honor to be here and I treasure my personal time with every client I meet.

With Gratitude,

John Bruna
John Bruna
Director of Mindfulness