Everyone feels down from time to time, whether it’s due to the weather, a bad day, a disappointing situation, a loss, or another event. However, for many people, it passes after a short time and they begin feeling better, getting back to their old selves. When these feelings don’t pass and they interfere with daily living and create additional problems like addiction, it can be problematic. Getting help at an addiction treatment center like Crossroads can help clients to overcome these obstacles and live a thriving life in recovery.
Depression Disorder as a Drive to Addiction
The symptoms of depression as it gets worse can trigger another concern and become intertwined with it. While a person may feel like the blues are getting out of hand and lasted for at least two weeks, it can drive the person to drinking or drug use as a way of trying to cope with depression. It actually make them feel worse, not better. This addiction can exacerbate symptoms and make depression more noticeable. A person may also feel more depressed when reflecting on how their life has changed due to substance use and the challenges they’re facing. Entering an addiction and depression rehab program, also known as dual diagnosis, can help clients to cope with the co-occurring physical, mental, emotional, and social challenges of these conditions.
Dual Diagnosis for Treatment
Around the 1990s, addiction and mental health disorders are treated separately. However, people began to realize that addiction is most likely linked to a mental health problem as it can be the roots of substance abuse. With this knowledge, Dual Diagnosis was then innovated. This kind of treatment helps the client understand how these disorders are related to each other and eventually provide themselves effective ways in managing both.
It is not too early or too late to seek treatment. Depression can complicate addictive disorders making it even more important to enter a quality rehab program trained to address both issues together. Crossroads is committed to providing safe, effective, gender-responsive addiction and behavioral health treatment. Whether you’re struggling with addiction, or addiction and a mental health disorder such as depression, Crossroads is here to help you get back on your feet, enhance your overall health and well-being, and embark on the journey to long-term recovery.
Treating Depression and Substance Use Disorders at Crossroads
Crossroads does not take a one-size-fits-all approach to treating depression and addiction. We realize that each client is different and is facing their own unique struggles. Therefore, we create customized treatment plans based on each individual’s needs and goals. Clients undergo a thorough evaluation and assessment process to identify any mental health issues present. Then, the appropriate level of care is determined and a treatment plan is created.
There are residential programs for women and pregnant or new mothers, and outpatient treatment and therapy groups for men and women. All programs are gender-responsive to focus on the challenges that are central to each group and provide a comfortable, respectful, and trusting therapeutic environment. Treatment plans may encompass a wide range of therapies and activities such as:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Holistic therapies (yoga, acupuncture, meditation)
- Equine therapy (Back Cove Women’s Residential program)
- 12-Step work
- Family programming
- Recreational activities
Clients build the strategies and skills essential to building healthier routines and lifestyles, coping with challenges, and managing mental health. They are supported in cultivating an environment that supports recovery, meaningful relationships, and productive activities. Treating depression can go hand-in-hand with treating addiction.
Many of the strategies used to prevent addiction relapse are also beneficial in managing depression. Clients are able to figure out what works best for their needs and interests when it comes to reducing stress, avoiding temptation, staying active, fostering positive relationships, and engaging in sober activities. Getting help at an addiction treatment center such as Crossroads empowers women and men over their lives in the present as well as for the future. The skills, knowledge, and experiences they gain can be applied to many different situations to help them keep a positive outlook and maintain recovery.
Make your health and well-being a priority by entering a depression treatment today and receiving the support and guidance necessary to build a brighter future. Remember who you wanted to be and get back to doing the things you love with help from Crossroads. We can help you gain control over addiction and mental health issues.