Depression Treatment At Our Drug Rehab
How Depression & Addiction is Linked
While many individuals struggle with dual diagnoses, no two cases are the same. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.7% of Americans 18 and older experience regular depressive symptoms. The World Health Organization estimates that 264 million people worldwide struggle with depressive symptoms.
This number illustrates the common struggle despite various backgrounds, cultures, and ways of living. Despite its prevalence, there is still a negative social stigma associated with mental illnesses such as depression. Depression can be viewed as a weakness, leading to individuals keeping their struggles private. As a result, they continue to struggle in isolation compared to getting help for their symptoms.
It is not uncommon for individuals who struggle with depression to use alcohol and drugs to cope with their symptoms. When it comes to depression symptoms, alcohol can make us feel better in the moment; however, it actually has the opposite effect because alcohol itself is a depressant. So, when we stop drinking, we may feel more depressed than we did initially.
Alcohol and drugs can be used to self-medicate for mental health struggles. A concern with this is that when the person stops using, they may not have the coping skills to cope with their distress. This increases a person’s risk of relapsing in early recovery.
There are also individuals who have no history with depression and depressive symptoms until they develop an addiction. Depressive symptoms commonly occur during the withdrawal of different drugs and alcohol. In that situation, the symptoms are usually short-lived and resolve shortly after the person has finished withdrawing.
It is also possible that as a person’s addiction progresses, they begin experiencing depressive symptoms due to the natural consequences of addiction. For example, it is not uncommon for someone who is struggling with addiction to have a hard time functioning at work, maintaining healthy relationships, developing financial concerns, and having legal problems. For some, these changes can progress to depressive symptoms that can lead to more drug and alcohol use.
When to Get Help for Depression
There are several Depressive Disorders that a person can be struggling with. The different disorders can have several similarities, so if you find yourself confused, know that a mental health professional would be able to walk you through your diagnosis in a way that you understand. Some of the Depressive Disorders we see are:
- Disruptive Mood Dis-regulation Disorder
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Substance/ Medication- Induced Depressive Disorder
When individuals talk about struggling with depression, they are usually referring to Major Depressive Disorder. With this illness, you are experiencing a depressed mood, or a loss of interest in your usual activities. This may also feel like a loss of pleasure. In addition to that, you may have unexplained weight loss or gain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts about death or suicide.
Persistent Depressive Disorder is a diagnosis someone may receive after struggling with Major Depressive Disorder for two or more years. For some, this is a constant state of depression for the two years, for others, it may not be. Mental health concerns rarely present in black and white, there are often shades of grey and even color.
If you are reading this and wondering if you should reach out for help, you should. Even if you relate to one of the symptoms above, what would your day look like if that was not a struggle?
If you relate to more than one of the symptoms, think about the impact that they are having on your life. Do you find yourself isolating and skipping events with family and friends? Are you falling behind on work? Are you constantly feeling tired? With the proper treatment and support, it is possible that you can have some relief from these symptoms.
It is important to take a few moments to discuss having thoughts of suicide and death. Let us begin by saying that it is completely normal to have passing thoughts of death from time to time. We are human, and that’s a natural part of life. We begin to get concerned when these thoughts occur regularly and begin to shift to suicide and hurting ourselves. If you find yourself feeling hopeless, you could benefit from speaking to a professional.
If you have noticed that your thoughts about death have progressed to thinking about suicide, developing a realistic plan, or if you have attempted suicide, please contact a mental health professional. You can easily do this by calling 911 and letting the operator know what is going on with your thoughts.
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What to Expect in an Outpatient Depression Treatment in Louisville, KY
So you decided to take a risk and ask for help, now what? First, you will want to figure out what level of care you need at that moment. You can do this by speaking with an intake specialist at a treatment program.
If you are struggling with addiction and depression, you will likely be recommended to attend a dual diagnosis treatment program. Residential treatment programs can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days and have several factors contributing to this. Outpatient treatment would be recommended once you complete your program.
If you have mild to moderate symptoms, you may be able, to begin with, depression treatment in Louisville. This will likely entail individual counseling with a therapist, and checking in with a doctor to discuss the potential benefits of taking medications. Your counselor will use evidence-based practices and work with you to work towards your goals.
Goals could include:
- Learning new coping skills for your symptoms.
- Decreasing unhealthy thinking patterns (we all have them).
- Engaging in more enjoyable activities.
There is much more to treatment than we could possibly fit in an article, so bring your questions and concerns to your session to talk about with your counselor.
Impact IOP’s Outpatient Depression Center is Here For You
Impact IOP is an outpatient drug rehab that offers depression help for Louisville, KY, and the surrounding area. Our program is ideal for individuals struggling with mild to moderate symptoms and those who have recently completed a residential rehab treatment program.
To help determine how we could best help you, we would need to meet with you for an initial interview. During this time, we would ask about your drug and alcohol use history, the consequences of your addiction, a history of mental health concerns, and any current struggles you are having. Together, we would then come up with a treatment plan and goals that will help guide us through your personalized treatment program.
Our IOP program is typically 15-25 hours of intense group therapy and typically one hour of individual therapy. We only use the best evidence-based practices and are able to tweak our program to reflect personalized care for men and women. We are a fully inclusive and LGBTQ+ friendly environment. We are will do our best to accommodate your existing routine with your treatment schedule.
After completing our IOP program, you would then move on to our outpatient treatment program. This is where you can receive depression help in Louisville. Many find that engaging in outpatient treatment provides you with the support you need early in recovery. We recognize the role that group therapy plays in addiction treatment and the validation you can receive from your peers during these sessions.
We can provide you with depression treatment in Louisville. Our staff has years of experience and will make sure you receive the mental health treatment you need. We utilize a holistic approach and recognize the role that all parts of you play in your addiction and your recovery. If you find that outpatient treatment is not helping with your mental health symptoms, we will work with you to see what options would help you.
If you are worried about yourself, or someone you love, we invite you to call us at our depression center in Louisville at (502) 912-1038. We are proud to be a rehab program for the Louisville community and to work with those who live here.