The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) projects that at least 10% of Americans suffer from clinical depression. While everyone feels down or discouraged sometimes, clinical depression is a psychiatric disorder that can negatively affect a person’s ability to live a productive and enjoyable life. This is especially true if someone suffering from this mental illness uses drugs or alcohol as a means of depression treatment.
What Is Depression?
According to the CDC, several specific groups are at the highest risk for experiencing clinical depression. This includes those who are chronically unemployed or cannot work, individuals lacking health insurance, African-Americans and Hispanics, women, and people between ages 45 and 64. Lasting more than two weeks, clinical depression impairs your ability to work, function socially and have healthy relationships. You may experience five or more of these symptoms daily:
- Weight loss or poor appetite or increased eating and weight gain
- Sleep disorders
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Feelings of hopelessness, irritability, guilt, and worthlessness
- Inability to concentrate and loss of interest in activities
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
When you’re feeling down as a result of a breakup, the loss of a job or some other negative event in your life, you recognize the cause of your sadness and can imagine yourself ultimately getting beyond it. With clinical depression, you often can’t see your way past your paralyzing sadness, and you may think that even professional depression treatment strategies will fail.
Addiction and Clinical Depression Treatment
The symptoms of depression are so destructive and demoralizing that many people take depression treatment into their own hands. Using alcohol or other drugs, they attempt to relieve these feelings. Unfortunately, this strategy usually backfires, leading to the deepening of the original feelings and the potential for addiction.
There are certain red flags signaling that you or someone you love has a serious alcohol or substance addiction. Over time, you may need more of the addictive substance to achieve the desired effect. This is a phenomenon known as tolerance. You may also experience symptoms of withdrawal if you try to stop using the drug. These can include agitation, sweating, nausea or tremors. Furthermore, you may have feelings of guilt and sadness after using the drug. Finally, you might find yourself returning to the drug when withdrawal symptoms or cravings get too strong.
If you attempt to get depression treatment without also confronting your addiction or vice versa, your chances of success overcoming both are low. Only by addressing both issues simultaneously can you get to the bottom of the physiological causes of your addiction and depression and begin your journey toward real mental, physical and spiritual health.
The Crestview Recovery Difference for Depression Treatment
Crestview Recovery is a drug and alcohol rehab program in Portland, Oregon. Our professional staff members are experts in treating depression and anxiety. They understand how these disorders can lead to and worsen your addiction to alcohol, heroin, cocaine, or opioids.
We’ll work with you to break the destructive combination of depression and addiction by customizing a treatment program for you that takes your individual history, addiction, family situation, and other needs into consideration. Patients in our highly-acclaimed program can expect the following:
- Thorough evaluation of all facets of your addiction as well as your physical and mental health
- Medically supervised detox if needed at our off-site partner facility
- Evidence-based individual and group addiction therapy
- Specialized dual diagnosis treatment to address your intertwined addiction and depression
- Social and recreational programs to enhance health and recovery
- Follow-up outpatient services for you and your family
At Crestview Recovery, we understand that there’s nothing simple or “cookie-cutter” about addiction and depression. We’ll work with you on every facet of your journey toward a clean, sober and productive life. Take the first step today by contacting the addiction and depression treatment professionals at 866.262.0531.