Depression and substance abuse often go hand-in-hand. For some people, depression leads to substance abuse, as they attempt to alleviate their feelings of sadness by using drugs and alcohol. For others, substance abuse can cause depression, as they deal with feelings of guilt and shame as a result of their negative behaviors.
When you suffer from depression and substance abuse, these are called co-occurring disorders. At Hope Canyon, we understand that the only way for you to reach your goal of long-term sobriety is with a personalized treatment plan that takes a holistic approach to your recovery and addresses your co-occurring mental disorders along with your addiction.
Our team specializes in treating depression and other mental health disorders at the same time we treat your addiction. We use many techniques – group and individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and more – as part of your recovery plan to ensure your long-term sobriety.
It’s not unusual to feel unhappy or sad – things happen in your life that may get you down, but that’s all part of the normal range of human emotions. Clinical depression, however, is much more intense, lasts longer and can have a profound impact on your overall quality of life.
If you have experienced the symptoms of depression for an extended period of time, you should seek help. Symptoms include:
Increased drinking, taking prescription painkillers or using illegal drugs are also common signs of depression. Using these substances can also trigger your depression, creating a dangerous cycle where your attempted cure for depression just makes it worse.
Our dual-diagnosis treatment at Hope Canyon includes a program to address your substance abuse, coupled with therapy to help you identify and remove the triggers that are caused by your depression. Together, these treatments combine education, counseling, and peer support to help you beat your addiction to drugs and alcohol.
One of our most common treatments for depression is cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps you change the way your thoughts drive you to use drugs or alcohol. It’s a versatile form of therapy that teaches you healthy coping skills and builds your confidence. When your depression makes you want to use drugs or alcohol, skills learned in therapy help you rethink your choices and live a healthier, happier life.