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Drug Addiction and Depression

Written on: March 6th, 2009 By:

Drug Addiction and Depression

Drug addiction is a hard enough battle but all too often people who struggle with addiction also battle with depression.  Some people may begin to take drugs in order to numb the pain they feel from being depressed. Certain drugs can alleviate depression, creating a euphoric or elevated mood. Using drugs as a solution to escape painful situations or feelings is only a temporary solution that results in a more serious problem. This self-medication can quickly spiral into drug addiction where an individual relies on the drugs or alcohol rather then seeking professional help.

This is not unusual. Someone may not even realize that they have depression because the drug over-rides it. At some point, the drug stops working and begins to create problems rather than relieve them. When a person has become physically and psychologically dependent upon a drug to function, it can be said that person has a drug addiction. Depending on the severity of the addiction and the recovery process, some people will show temporary signs of depression that taper off with sobriety while others will be diagnosed with more serious mood disorders such as manic depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or bipolar disorder.

Drug Addiction and Depression: Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is the term for two co-occurring disorders, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) coupled with alcohol or drug addiction. While certain drugs can actually contribute to depression, many people who struggle with depression may also seek relief in illegal drugs or prescription drugs. This attempt to self-medicate and stabilize moods through chemical use may be occurring without the person even being consciously aware of it. They just want to feel good. Only when the drug is removed for a period of time can the underlying cause be accurately diagnosed and treated.

When seeking treatment for drug addiction, it’s important to choose an alcohol rehab facility that can determine whether dual diagnosis is a possibility. At SouthCoast Recovery, a clinical evaluation is given to every client that accounts for past history of family dynamics, drug and alcohol use, physical and mental health, behavioral patterns, etc. From this clinical evaluation, a personalized treatment program is tailored that consists of one-on-one clinical therapy, individual alcohol and drug counseling and holistic therapies that compliment relief of drug addiction and depression simultaneously.

Drug Addiction and Depression: Clinical Therapy

Unless depression is considered and treated in conjunction with drug addiction, the likelihood that an individual will remain sober long-term is slim. Alcohol and drug addiction is merely symptomatic of underlying issues. SouthCoast Recovery has a clinical therapist on staff who has 44 years in the treatment of underlying issues that contribute to alcohol and drug addiction. Such issues can include  childhood or adult abuse or trauma, family patterns, repressed memories or any combination thereof. Clinical therapy combined with drug and alcohol counseling helps bring these underlying issues to the surface and release them so healing can begin.

Drug Addiction and Depression: Detoxification

Detoxing allows the body to withdrawal from the physical dependence upon drugs in a safe and comfortable manner. At SouthCoast Recovery, clients who suffer from an ongoing battle with drug addiction will most likely have a medical detox where a mild form of prescription medication is used to ensure a safe withdrawal. SouthCoast Recovery also offers NeuroTransmitter Restoration therapy or NTR, a cutting-edge detox process where the brain is bathed in a naturally-occurring amino acid solution that jumpstarts cell repair and restores mental clarity in days instead of weeks or even months. This repair process may even help alleviate depression that typcally occurs during the initial withdrawal process. While it may only take days for the body to adjust to the absence of drugs, it can take months or even a year for the psychological balance to restore itself. This is dependent upon the severity of drug use and whether the individual is clinically diagnosed with an existing mood disorder, such as PTSD or bipolar disorder.

Drug Addiction and Depression: Treatment at SouthCoast Recovery

SouthCoast Recovery offers 30, 60, 90 days and 6 month residential treatment for drug addiction and depression. The finest medical and clinical care is combined with advanced holistic therapies of meditation, massage, acupuncture and herbal remedies for overall mind, body and spirit renewal. A complimentary pass is provided to the local 24 hour fitness center as physical exercise can raise seratonin levels and help alleviate the debilitating effects of drug addiction and depression. Group activities outside of the drug rehab facility to the beach, L.A. studio tapings and theme parks show clients they can have fun in sobriety. For more information on drug addiction and depression at SouthCoast Recovery, call our intake coordinators today. Professional assistance is available 24/7.


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