How A New Online-Based Program Makes It Easier to Stave Off Depression
For those of us going into the world again after going through recovery, we bring lasting parts of our depression with us. Depression doesn’t just leave our bodies as we go through rehabilitation.
Instead, it can linger long after we leave the safety of our recovery programs, as we leave behind the people who helped us get through our lowest point. Leaving treatment is taking away a safety blanket that we have come to rely upon.
We grew accustomed to the doctors, therapists, and fellow patients who supported us. Outside of treatment, we have to take care of it all on our own.
This adds a lot of pressure and stress, meaning that it is likely we could start exhibiting depressive tendencies again. Luckily, there are resources in place for us to get the help we need once we are out of our program.
There are plenty of options: counseling, follow-up appointments, and group meetings can all serve to lower our risk for relapse. Still, with our ever-evolving world of technology, we have even more resources to access from the comfort of our home.
One such type of therapy is a new, online-based system called Mindful Mood Balance. This system is a form of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
It focuses on combining the practices of mindfulness meditation and the tools of cognitive therapy to help patients learn how to properly regulate their emotions.
MBCT as Part of a Comprehensive Recovery Program
We have talked about cognitive therapy a fair amount in our articles, but we haven’t touched upon Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy before. This system was developed to help patients with lingering symptoms of depression.
By teaching patients healthy thought exercises, meditation, breathing exercises, and then combining that with a lot of the core concepts of cognitive therapy, patients can learn how to properly avoid negative thought patterns that can lead to depression. By cutting off the spiral that can lead to depression, we can stop depression from happening at all.
It is an effective method to avoid relapse. Historically, MBCT has been a form of group therapy that takes place in eight-hour sessions, once a week. Through the sessions, you learn how to understand the way your mind and body works so that you can develop the proper tools to regulate your emotions. The drawback is that this form of therapy has not been widely available.
Enter Mindful Mood Balance. This is an adaptation of MBCT, which was created to overcome these barriers.
It is an online program that can help you learn the practices and tools that you would learn during these in-person meetings. You gain the benefits of MBCT without the issues of cost, travel, and wait times.
It gives a patient the care they need in a practical, yet convenient way. The results of this program have proven to be effective, too. Evidence shows that it has helped significantly lower the risk of depression and anxiety symptoms, compared to patients receiving conventional care alone.
When this method is combined with traditional treatment, depression risks can be significantly lessened. This program can be a game-changer for many of us looking to stave off depression.
Of course, there are some drawbacks. Because it is all online, the dropout rate is higher than those of in-person programs. Still, this rate is offset by the fact that you can reach out and connect with more patients through the internet.
Making Recovery Convenient and Accessible
There are plenty of options for us to get the help we need, but not all of them are convenient or work for us. Sometimes we can’t reach the location we need to go, can’t take the time to drive somewhere, or don’t have the necessary funds to enter a program.
This is where Mindful Mood Balance can help because it does a lot to make treatment much more convenient. Even with its drawbacks, it is still a useful and convenient way for many of us to continue to cope after our recovery program.
If we can stave off our negative thoughts and stop ourselves from slipping into a spiraling mindset, we can prevent relapse. Life after recovery is all about finding the ways to live healthier, live happier, and programs like Mindful Mood Balance do a lot to make that process so much easier.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]