Depression is a mood disorder affecting millions of people every day, including those in Florida, Broward County, and the City of Plantation. Many factors contribute to a person feeling depressed, such as feeling hopeless, frustrated, and sad. Despite the state and county’s almost consistent sunny and warm weather, the people who live or visit here struggle with depression.

According to the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings report, Florida has a 17.7% rate of depression, and that more women than men have been told they have a depressive order. Women in the age group of 45-64 had the highest percentage of 20.2. The report also indicated that almost 14% of Floridians had frequent mental distress.

Economic hardship is often a contributing factor for mental health, and the state has a high rate of people struggling to make ends meet. On a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being a state with very little economic hardship, Florida ranks 60th. Other vital indicators of the state of depression in Florida are the high rate of excessive drinking (18%), non-medical drug use (15.5%), and suicide *16%).

Broward County, where Plantation is, struggles with depression and what is called “deaths of despair.” A report from Well Being In the Nation Network (WINN) found there were 42.39 deaths in the county from drugs, alcohol, or suicide. Deaths of despair arising from a range of personal issues, such as mental illness, addiction, and a general feeling of hopelessness.

The county has a 2-1-1- Helpline for individuals who seek mental health help. In a Sun-Sentinel news report from 2020, during the height of the COVID pandemic, the helpline noted a 188% increase in calls from March to April 2020, and suicide calls increased dramatically to 86 percent. It’s no surprise that South Floridians felt the negative effects from pandemic-related lockdowns, businesses closed, and jobs temporarily or permanently lost. Still, today, Plantation and South Florida residents are struggling with depression and related mental health illnesses.

Depression is a mood disorder causing a continual, lasting feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Mayo Clinic states that depression is also called major depressive disorder (MDD) or clinical depression. No matter which name it goes by, depression greatly affects how you think, feel, and behave and may result in a range of emotional and physical problems if not treated.

Substance use to alleviate depression symptoms compounds this mood disorder.

Fortunately, depression is a very treatable condition, as is substance use, and treatment is readily available for both in Plantation.

Vista Pines Treatment in Plantation

Depression has the ability to take away all the joy from life and sometimes cause you to feel hopelessness and despair. While there is proven treatment for depression, many people self-medicate with alcohol or drugs. Alcohol is easy to obtain and works quickly enough to relieve depressive feelings. However, that relief doesn’t last long, and you may give in to drinking more. Drugs like marijuana may relieve some symptoms, but like alcohol, the effects are short-lived.

If you have been abusing substances to boost your mood and abusing them in greater amounts or for longer times, chances are your system has become tolerant to the effects the alcohol or drugs produce. This often leads to using more of your chosen substance. Before long, you likely will experience the withdrawal effects and feel the need to abuse that substance again.

Withdrawal symptoms for some substances can be harmful and even fatal if they are not immediately treated. It’s not enough to try to go through withdrawal at home or at a detox center that is not capable of treating some of the dangerous withdrawal symptoms, like seizures. Vista Pines Health is an accredited mental health and substance use center that provides medically supervised services, mental health, and substance use disorder therapies.


Detox refers to the process your body goes through as it eliminates all toxins from itself. When you are in detox on our campus, we ensure your safety, both medically and psychologically, and respect your privacy and dignity.

When you abuse alcohol or drugs, your system becomes used to having these substances to function. When they are gradually reduced (tapering off) and eliminated in detox, your brain will be working hard to adjust to the sudden lack of chemicals it once had. This is essentially how withdrawal symptoms occur. Our highly trained and experienced medical care team is there to be sure you are as comfortable as possible and immediately tend to any urgent medical needs.

You may be in detox for three to 10 days, depending on how much of the substance(s) you consumed, how severe your withdrawal symptoms are, and how well you are physically and mentally functioning. You will need to be medically stable before you move into the next level of depression treatment.


Inpatient/residential treatment for depression will give you the time to focus only on your mental health and substance use. Our facility provides a comfortable setting that will feel like home. Here, you will not have any distractions that could curtail you from becoming mentally and physically well.

Your needs are important to us, and we work with you to devise a treatment plan that will be best for you. It will include evidence-based therapies, educational sessions, and other progressive therapies to give you a strong base as you progress in treatment.

Below, we provide information about the treatment methods we practice and know are most beneficial for you.

Treatment Methods

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Vista Pines Health provides evidence-based therapies like these below.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy and is sometimes called “talk therapy.” It is based on three core principles, according to the American Psychological Association. These are:

  • Psychological problems are based on faulty or negative ways of thinking.
  • Psychological problems are based on learned patterns of unuseful behavior.
  • You can learn better ways of coping with your psychological problems, which can relieve your depression symptoms.

CBT will help you recognize negative or distorted thoughts, use problem-solving skills to deal with troublesome situations, and gain a better understanding of your behavior and that of others. You will also learn how to calm your mind and relax your body.

Dialectical behavior therapy

Our therapy care team also uses dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). This type of therapy is designed to help you build a life you believe is worthwhile. Dialectical therapy stems from the dialectic philosophy that all things are interconnected, change is constant and cannot be avoided, and opposites can be integrated to get close to the truth, per PsychCentral.

DBT consists of four modules: focus on one thing at a time without judgment (mindfulness); accept things you don’t have control over and not get stuck in destructive thought patterns (distress tolerance); work through conflict, listen well, and ask for what you need (interpersonal effectiveness); and learn how different emotions affect your behavior and what obstacles get in the way of managing emotions (emotion regulation).

Dual Diagnosis

When you have a mental health disorder, mood disorder, like depression, and a substance use disorder, you have a dual diagnosis. This is only the term used when you have both disorders and is not an actual diagnosis. It will allow our mental health and addiction therapists to fully integrate your treatment so that both are being treated at the same time. Treating one and not the other won’t help you and could possibly lead you to relapse when you are on your own.

Depression Treatment in Plantation FAQ

We realize there are many factors to consider about depression treatment. We also understand that you may have obstacles in seeking help, like transportation, cost, and insurance. Hopefully, you will find the answers you are looking for below. If not, our helpful staffers are available to answer any questions that arise.

How Long Is Rehab?

How long you spend in rehab depends on what your acute needs are. For instance, if you need detox and inpatient treatment, you could be in rehab for several months. If not, then the amount of time in rehab might be less. It’s necessary to share that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) learned from research that 90 days is the recommended amount of time to spend in rehab for treatment to be effective. 

Its Principles of Effective Treatment also states that effective treatment should attend to all of your needs, including social, vocational, and legal, to be most beneficial for you. We completely agree.

Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?

If you are considering our center for depression treatment and are arriving by air, bus, or train, we can provide transportation to and from our campus from nearby airports, buses, and train stations. If you are local to the South Florida area, we may be able to help you arrange transportation. However, all fares and costs of travel will be yours to cover.

How Much Does Depression Treatment Cost?

We know you’re concerned about how much depression treatment costs. One of the primary obstacles in receiving treatment is the cost, and it is one of the main reasons why some people do not get help. The cost will mostly depend on how long you will need to be in treatment, medicines given, and amenities taken. However, we believe you are worth every cent spent on your mental health. If you are worried about how much rehab is, please call or connect with us. We might be able to find different methods of payment that can help you afford rehab.

Do I Have to Travel?

Travel can be a real challenge for many people for different reasons. If travel is not convenient for you, we might be able to help you find help closer to home. If travel is not a challenge, then yes, you will have to travel. Fortunately, we are located in an area of the state and county that is easily reached by several means of travel.

What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?

We take most of the major health insurance carriers and their plans, and also those under the Affordable Care Act. We don’t accept federally funded insurance plans, like Medicare and Medicaid. If you have insurance, spend some time reviewing your plan to learn what is and is not covered. Keep note of what requires a co-pay, coinsurance, and what your deductible is. If you want us to help, reach out to us, and perhaps someone at Vista Pines Health can answer some help.

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