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How to Reclaim Joy During Inpatient Depression Treatment

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

-Tom Bodett

Positive activities can increase the effectiveness of treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). The Phoenix Recovery Center offers a range of holistic therapeutic methods to aid in your recovery journey. According to the Journal of Addictions Nursing, “The use of art and music therapy fits well within specific existing ideological frameworks for treating SUDs that rely on actively engaging and motivating SUD patients.” We offer these forms of holistic therapy and many others to ensure we meet each client’s unique needs. 

What Is Holistic Therapy? 

Holistic therapy is an approach to care that focuses on the entire individual instead of the disease. The clinical team personalizes each treatment plan to meet your emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual needs during rehabilitation. Some common forms of holistic therapy include: 

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness-based techniques
  • Breathwork
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Art and music therapy
  • Sound and light therapy.
  • Activity-based therapies

We also encourage individuals with strong religious or cultural traditions to incorporate those into their treatment plans. Personalizing rehabilitation increases the effectiveness of the program and individual treatments. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), “30 percent of adults . . . use health care approaches that are not typically part of conventional medical care or that may have origins outside of usual Western practice.” We use alternative methods at The Phoenix Recovery Center because they work for many individuals recovering from SUD. Every client deserves access to high-quality resources and services designed to treat SUD and co-occurring conditions. 

The Impact of Mental Health on Recovery 

Mental health directly impacts recovery and long-term sobriety. In addition to potentially affecting your ability to achieve and maintain a sober lifestyle, mental health also influences your physical well-being. Issues related to mood and emotion deregulation can cause the following: 

  • Increased risk of relapse
  • Higher stress levels
  • Difficulty focusing on recovery and treatment
  • Social and relationship problems
  • Extreme mood swings
  • More severe cravings

As you progress in treatment and recovery, the skills you learn in therapy will help you cope with and manage the symptoms of mental health disorders. 

Learning to Cope Through Hobbies and Activities 

Healthy activities and enjoyable hobbies provide a safe and healing outlet. Regularly doing something you enjoy is an excellent form of self-care, which is essential to long-term recovery. You can participate in many hobbies and activities during inpatient treatment, including: 

  • Group activities
  • Exercise and meditation
  • Creating art
  • Reading, listening to music, or other relaxing recreational activities
  • Crafting, or learning a new skill

You can learn how to express yourself through art, music, and other mediums as a way to decrease stress and keep yourself focused on the present. Joy can be a significant motivator that helps you remain mindful and focused on actively participating in treatment. 

Mindfulness and Discovering What Works for You 

Depression affects everyone differently, and inpatient treatment programs like the ones offered at The Phoenix Recovery Center personalize therapeutic tools to ensure you have access to various alternatives. Your treatment plan can be adjusted as needed, and your case manager will monitor your progress. 

How you feel about rehabilitation and your future in recovery will impact how you react to treatment. If you are ambivalent or resistant to change, you may experience emotional disturbance and more severe depression or anxiety symptoms. The realities of addiction are difficult to acknowledge. However, by practicing mindfulness and taking steps to heal, you will notice improvements in your mood and quality of life. 

Reclaiming Your Joy and Finding Acceptance in Recovery 

Allow yourself to experience joy again by reclaiming control of your life today. The Phoenix Recovery Center is here to help you move forward and overcome challenges related to substance use and mental health disorders. You can choose to look at today as an opportunity. You do not have to allow depression to dictate your ability to heal, grow, and experience positive moments each day.

Inpatient care transitions to partial outpatient or intensive outpatient care for most individuals, ensuring you have the support you need to continue moving forward in your recovery. Part of the outpatient experience involves joining community self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and engaging in local support systems. You can share your interests, joys, and hobbies with peers who can offer encouragement and support as you cope with the lingering effects of depression. By utilizing coping techniques and practicing self-care daily, you can successfully recover from depression and SUD. 

Get Help With The Phoenix Recovery Center

Untreated clinical depression can have a devastating effect on every aspect of life. The Phoenix Recovery Center is among the top mental health facilities in Utah which offers services and therapeutic methods to provide you with the tools you need to successfully reclaim your joy. The world is full of positive experiences and beautiful moments that you might miss if you do not take back control of your life. Embrace holistic treatment and start healing today. We use various methods to support and encourage individuals who require inpatient services to treat substance use disorder and clinical depression. No matter how severe your depression symptoms are, there is hope for a full recovery and a brighter future. The Phoenix Recovery Center offers many evidence-based and alternative therapies to ensure that everyone has access to an individualized treatment plan that works for them. Find the things that bring you joy and use them to fuel your recovery. Call us at (801) 438-3185.

The Phoenix Recovery Center
489 W. South Jordan Pkwy
Suite 400
South Jordan, UT