Millions of People Struggle With Depression
Depression is the most common and one of the most debilitating mood disorders. According to the World Health Organization, it’s the leading cause of disability globally
Yet researchers still haven’t determined the exact cause of depression. It has been fairly well established that genetics plays a role in depression as well as chemical imbalances and past trauma.
Depressive symptoms can have devastating effects on an individual’s wellbeing and on the lives of loved ones. Fortunately, the feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and despair that mark depression can be greatly reduced through research based therapies.
Getting Help Equals Hope
If you are researching depression (and/or addiction) treatment for yourself or a loved one, it is important to remember that you are not alone and that there is help available. Millions of people have gotten help at a facility like ours, and gone on to live healthy lives that were more fulfilling than they had ever dreamed possible.
Virtually every client who comes to our treatment center has depressive symptoms. These symptoms can manifest themselves in the form of the man or woman lacking energy and having a loss of motivation. The individual may resist getting out of bed and lose interest in activities that used to give them a lot of pleasure.
These depressive symptoms can have a severe impact on physical and emotional health. Personal relationships, occupational status, and financial well being can all be negatively affected as a result.
Our treatment program has protocols in place (including access to prescribing physicians) that can help treat depressive symptoms in early recovery.
Major Depressive Disorder
A clinical diagnosis for a depression is quite another thing than someone who has been abusing alcohol or drugs and experiencing depressive symptoms.
When the symptoms of depression occur nearly every day for weeks, and interfere with all aspects of an individual’s life, then they are clinically diagnosed with depression Here is a partial list of symptoms of a depressive disorder.
- loss of pleasure or interest in routines and activities that used to provide pleasure or self esteem
- Persistent feelings of sadness and often self loathing
- Sleep disturbances and constant fatigue
- Problems with memory and concentration
- Fluctuations in weight (both loss ang gain)
- Suicidal fixation and frequent thoughts about death
Additionally, the medical community has further categorized depression into these sub categories:
- major depression
- persistent depression
- bipolar depression
- postpartum depression
- seasonal depression
- psychotic depression
The “Depression Addiction Connection”
33% of people struggling with a depressive disorder engage in substance abuse – SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency)
In another study it was determined that over 20 percent of those struggling with a substance addiction also met the criteria for a major depressive disorder.
Depressed people are incredibly prone to developing a substance addiction. The nature of depression is to feel “down” and “self-medicating” with a drug or alcohol can be a relatively easy way to alleviate the feelings of depression.
Of course, the net result is a worsening of the situation as the use of the substance often becomes habitual.
Addiction Treatment For Those With Depression Symptoms
Medical evidence has clearly established that the best approach to treating co-occurring addiction and depression is to simultaneously address both disorders.
Residential treatment (recommended for 90 days) offers our clinicians the opportunity to provide continuous feedback and guidance as the clients grow in their recovery and learn to cope with the intense feelings and daily stressors that may have contributed to their depressive actions.
With our help, the men and women will be given tools to use when they experience depressive symptoms.
As the client gets more comfortable coping with these symptoms and learns to lean on the help of their recovery support system, confidence and momentum builds. The person can experience and improved ability to maintain stability and make healthy choices.
Some examples of therapeutic processes employed at Balboa Horizons includes:
- Antidepressant Medications
Balboa provides access to a prescribing physician and it is not uncommon for our clients to take antidepressant medications during early recovery
- One-on-One Counseling Sessions
- Expressive and Recreational Therapy
- Education about the disorder and how to recover
- Group Counseling Sessions
- Family Systems Therapy (including family participation, if appropriate)
- Twelve-Step Groups
- Trauma Awareness and Recovery
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
Starting the Path to Recovery
Getting help begins by taking the first step which is contacting our intake counselors. Theres no better feeling than knowing that instead of living in fear and confusion, you have taken a step down the path of recovery and will have our clinical professionals who can guide you through the process.