Depression affects millions of people around the world, even residents who live in South Florida, a place loved for its mild weather, sunny skies, and sandy beaches. If you are in Tamarac, Florida, or anywhere in the South Florida area and have symptoms of depression, help is available at Vista Pines Health in Pembroke Pines. You do not have to manage this mental health disorder on your own. We are ready to help you or your loved one.

Depression is more than a temporary low mood. It is a serious, life-altering mood disorder that can make a person shut down as it becomes harder for them to live normally. It is estimated that at least 300 million people grapple with depression globally, per the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). In the United States, it is the main cause of disability among people ages 15 to 44 and affects at least 16 million American adults. According to the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings’ 2020 report, Florida has a 17.7% rate of depression.

The condition is formally called major depressive disorder (MDD) or clinical depression. It affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves daily. If depressive symptoms last two weeks or longer, a diagnosis of depression is possible, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) says.

How do you know if you or a loved one is dealing with depression? You may notice:

  • Sadness that doesn’t go away after a while
  • Little to no interest in daily activities
  • Not wanting to participate in once-enjoyable activities
  • Weight changes unrelated to dieting
  • Little to no energy
  • Increased fatigue (tiredness)
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Delayed movements and speech
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt
  • Foggy-headed, inability to think clearly
  • Indecisive
  • Suicidal thoughts, self-harming thoughts, or attempts
  • Thoughts about death and dying

You may not be able to sleep or eat or have trouble staying alert or paying attention. Your work or school performance may falter as well. All of these are signs you could have depression.

Depression Treatment at Vista Pines Health in Tamarac

Depression is treatable, and Vista Pines Health staff is here to help you or your loved one receive the care that can help you manage it thedepression treatment in plantation right way. We are a short drive from Tamarac, as we are located in South Broward County in Pembroke Pines.

Per the Florida Behavioral Health Association report, Florida was No. 44 among 50 states in mental health care access in 2018. While many people in the Sunshine State may go without getting the care they need for a mental health disorder; you don’t have to be one of them. You can change the outcome.

Per the APA, up to 90% of people with depression are responsive to treatment for it. You cannot afford to leave this condition untreated. Complications stemming from depression can cause lifelong physical, emotional, and mental problems. Among those are individuals using alcohol and drugs to self-medicate against symptoms of mental illness. Substance abuse can turn into an addiction and only worsens depression.

Vista Pines Health welcomes people to come to our facility to address their health issues privately in a setting geared toward their recovery. We also help people who have a substance use disorder in addition to a mental health disorder.

Here are the services we offer at our facility:


Medical detox is the best place for people with a substance use disorder to start their recovery. If you have been using alcohol and/or drugs, you likely will begin your program in this critical phase. We partner with our sister facility Arete Recovery,  with which we share a campus. Our staff there will help you complete detox so that you can regain medical and mental stability before beginning your inpatient treatment with us.

During this period, which can last several days, clinical staff will monitor you as the substances exit your body. This is called drug withdrawal, and it can be an uncomfortable-to-life-threatening experience for many people.

Medical detox ensures you get through this period safely with all the medical support you need to make sure you don’t return to drug or alcohol use or have a medical emergency that you can’t handle on your own. You will be monitored for 24 hours a day, receiving any medications and other things you’ll need to get through this period.

You may receive a tapering schedule to gradually allow the body to get used to having less of the drug. If so, our medical professionals will oversee that process. Once you finish detox, we may recommend that you stay with us for inpatient/residential care.


We offer our patients a 20-bed facility that allows them to focus solely on their mental health disorder and how they can manage it with effective strategies and techniques. If you have a moderate-to-severe disorder, this setting is the ideal place to start. The environment we offer is a home away from home with few distractions. During your time with us, you can learn more about depression and the evidence-based approaches we use to treat it.

We keep our client-to-clinician rates low, which allows each person to receive the attention they need. Each patient’s program is customized to their needs and includes their input. We provide therapy, counseling, and medications, such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers. All of these work together to help you or your loved one address their depression diagnosis effectively.

Treatment Methods

At Vista Pines Health, we treat the “whole person,” not just the illness. We understand how depression and substance use disorders affect all parts of a person’s life, so we help our patients put all the pieces together and help them adopt a new way of seeing their condition and themselves. We use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), among other therapies, to treat our patients.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Most of the time, our thoughts come first before our actions and/or behavior. We must first acknowledge our thoughts and why we think the way we do before we can change them. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps us notice our distorted or erroneous thinking and choose thoughts that help us get to our desired goals. CBT can help a person with depression identify the thoughts they have that move them further away from their personal goals and reframe them. This leads to positive thinking that can lead to a positive outcome.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

One form of CBT we use is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which some patients may respond to differently from standard CBT. DBT promotes self-acceptance by acknowledging what a person is. They are encouraged to embrace their imperfections and go from there. There is no self-judgment in DBT; a person learns how to trust themselves and stay present in the moment. The goal is to achieve self-acceptance.

DBT can help people with depression detach from their feelings and thoughts just enough to observe them without making a negative conclusion. Patients using DBT will learn:

  • How to use distress tolerance to combat intrusive thoughts
  • Emotion regulation that shows them how to stay in control of their feelings
  • How to manage their personal relationships and themselves
  • Staying in the moment (mindfulness)

Dual Diagnosis

People who have depression and a substance use disorder have dual diagnosis. This means they have both conditions together at the same time. Because of this, their treatment program must address both conditions together as well. It will not help you or your loved one to receive treatment for depression but not the drug or alcohol use disorder you have. Our team will review each illness separately and find the best integrated approaches for your condition.

Depression Treatment in Tamarac FAQ

If you are thinking about starting professional treatment for depression, you’re on the right track if you have questions. It is an important step, so it is good for you to have all the information you need to make a decision you can trust. Below are a few questions we receive about our services and recovery and treatment overall. Call or email us with additional questions you have or if you want clarification on anything you read below.

How Long Is Rehab?

Ideally, you should stay in rehab as long as your needs dictate and get all that you can from your program. That being said, what you need from your rehab program will determine how long your stay is. Everyone is different, so it’s difficult to determine how long an average treatment stay is. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) advises that people in recovery stay in their program for at least 90 days. The longer stay, the more effective your treatment is, some say.

Does Vista Pines Health Provide Transportation?

We can help you get to our facility after you travel into our area, but you are responsible for making and paying for your travel arrangements. We can also ensure you get back to your departure point once you finish your treatment with us. We can ensure you get to any off-site appointments if you have any.

How Much Does Depression Treatment Cost?

Treatment costs are also uniquely personal, so how much you pay for professional mental health treatment will depend on your condition, situation, and finances. As you decide on how much your treatment program is, you can consider:

  • How long your treatment program will run
  • Where you will receive treatment
  • If you need to stay on-site or if you can stay home
  • How long you will need to stay at a facility
  • The essential recovery services you’ll need
  • Various treatment services, including medications, therapies, counseling

If you have depression and a SUD, your time in a program could run longer because you’ll need treatment for both. You can ask us about your program’s expenses, and we will review them with you so you will know what to expect.

Do I Have to Travel?

Since we offer services here at our Pembroke Pines facilities, you will have to travel here if you want to receive treatment from us. We realize that travel can be an issue for some people. If this is the case for you or your loved one, finding a facility closer to you may be the way to go.

What Insurance Carriers Does Vista Pines Health Take?

We accept coverage plans from major insurers. We are in-network with some providers, and yours may be among them. In-network services could mean lower treatment costs for you. We can call your insurer to verify what your plan will and won’t cover. If you call, you can do this, too.

Based on what you learn, you can also ask about how to go about covering services you’ll need in case your plan doesn’t cover them. It’s important to know if you would be responsible for any co-payments. The more you know going in, the better you can plan your finances for treatment.

We offer affordable payment plans and private pay options. We encourage all to get professional treatment to help them live their best lives. Whether you are underinsured or not insured, we urge you to reach out to us, and we’ll do what we can to help you. Call us today to get started.

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