Who is affected by depression?
Depression can affect children as young as age five, but mostly affects people ages 14 and up. As we grow older, life brings different series of obstacles our way. Some seem to have little difficulty in dealing with and adapting to these new dynamics. Those with depression have difficulty moving through these episodes and can incur physical and mental health issues because of their inability to find healthy alternative ways to cope.
Frequently, depression affects those who have had difficulty with unemployment, family issues at home or relationship troubles, and who were predominantly in minority groups.
Background and family dynamics, such as those who are children of a parent/s suffering from alcohol and drug dependency are among those susceptible to depression.
Severe depression can stem from instances of grief over the loss of someone we care for and cannot move past. Grief eases over time as we learn to cope with loss and find comfort in our memories and surrounding family support. With depression, these feelings of intense loss and sadness are debilitating and can distort our outlook on who we are as individuals. It adversely affects our self-esteem, and this loss of self-worth can lead to drug and alcohol use, ultimately leading to not just depression but addiction.
Linking Depression and Addiction
Ultimately many ways exist in how addition and depression coincide. Self-medicating is one way in which people attempt to mitigate symptoms of depression, particularly with alcohol.
Some of the following are underlying causes as to why depression and addiction may occur:
- Environmental factors such as where a person lives or the type of people surrounding the individual.
- Chemical imbalances in the brain can impact a person’s susceptibility to depression or addiction.
- Underlying genetic factors within a family history.
Drug and alcohol use seem to make mental health issues worse over time, rather than better. A person may initially feel better after drinking a few glasses of wine but the initial amount will not be enough over time and can lead to dependence. Many people experience depressive symptoms shortly following drug or alcohol use which builds a routine of substance use to feel better.
Substance abuse can be difficult to understand as it happens for many reasons. Through understanding how drug addiction and depression go hand-in-hand we can learn how to better support loved ones who are struggling.
Depression & Substance Abuse Rehab at The Villa
We begin our dual diagnosis treatment for depression and substance abuse here at The Villa Treatment Center with individual counseling so that we can gauge the best methods of treatment for the individual and our clinical psychologist can diagnose signs of depression and addiction. Utilizing treatment best practices like Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and other evidence-based psychotherapy, we help patients manage their depression while tackling their addiction challenges.
We don’t prescribe medications for treating depression, but will take you to a referred psychiatrist if medication is necessary to improve your quality of life.
After detox is complete and we have begun putting together a treatment plan for successful recovery from depression and substance dependency, we examine the different forms of therapy we offer to gauge your comfort levels and identify the therapies that interest you the most. We don’t force therapy on our clients but invite them to participate in these recommended therapies. Our philosophy is to try everything once, especially if these are new experiences for you, so that we can best tailor our depression and addiction treatment plan for your individual recovery.
We prefer to refrain from recommending any additional medications as the go-to method of treatment in order to focus on the emotional and physical ties of depression to drug and alcohol dependency. Depression requires a new perspective on our current situation and the support required to help us understand that hope is not lost.
At The Villa Treatment Center as many of our staff have been through the difficulties that coincide with addiction and depression we understand how hard it could be to start your recovery. Working through depression and all the strong feelings that hold us back from living the life we have been searching for is our main focus. Once we fully understand every emotion and action associated with depression and substance dependency, we learn to utilize healthy coping methods free of addictions.
Although it may feel challenging to deal with addiction and depression, there is help available. The Villa can talk to you about our unique programs which focus on treating the whole person in a safe, comfortable environment that provides support for recovery. Call us to get started.