When you hear the term depression, you likely think of someone who is sad or unhappy because they’re going through a hard time. Unfortunate events occur in everyone’s life, and it’s natural to feel dejected or troubled as a result.
But clinical depression is a much more serious situation. Your feelings are stronger and they can last weeks or even months. It’s not something you can easily snap out of, or something you just get over in time. Clinical depression can be emotionally, mentally and physically draining, and it can contribute to substance abuse if you turn to drugs and alcohol to help you deal with your feelings.
At Discovery Point recovery centers, we understand the importance of treating depression and other co-occurring mental health disorders along with your addiction. If we just treat the addiction and not the underlying cause, you have a much greater chance of suffering a relapse after you leave rehab.
According to experts, there are many potential causes of depression. Some of the most common include:
Many people turn to drugs or alcohol to ease their depression, but research has shown that using these substances can actually make your depression worse – your bouts with depression may occur more frequently and your negative thoughts could become more intense.
Our team of clinicians and therapists at Discovery Point understand that this unhealthy cycle may have developed without you even realizing it. Perhaps you have never thought you needed treatment, or you’ve never received a diagnosis of mental health disorder. But once you identify the problem, dealing with it at the same time as your addiction is crucial to your chances of attaining long-term sobriety.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, treatment for depression as a co-occurring disorder should include:
At Discovery Point, we specialize in treating mental health disorders such as depression along with your treatment for alcohol and drug addiction. We incorporate programs such as individual and group therapy for addiction treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and more into your recovery plan. Together, these treatments combine education, counseling and peer support to help you achieve a successful and long-lasting recovery.