Depression can present difficulties even in the absence of other mental health issues, but when substance abuse is present as well, it can be debilitating. Finding professional and effective treatment for these conditions is crucial if someone hopes to change their life and be free from addiction.
What Is Depression Treatment?
Treatment for depression often requires medication and this may be complemented with clinical therapy, fitness, and mindfulness practices. The goal of depression treatment is to reduce the symptoms of depression and also minimize the impact of these symptoms on the rest of someone’s life. This includes the effect that depression can have on someone’s substance abuse issues as well, as these conditions can amplify each other, leading to negative long-term outcomes.
Depression has been implicated as a major escalator and amplifier of addictive behaviors, especially in younger people. In these younger people, there is a direct correlation between the level of depressive symptoms and subsequent issues with substance abuse and alcohol use. Controlling for other factors, the greater the severity of depressive symptoms, more problematic and severe issues with addiction were experienced later in life. 1
Importance of Treatment
If someone is to have the best possible chance of recovery, then it is crucial that they receive treatment for both issues simultaneously. Even if addiction treatment is received, a lack of treatment for depression can increase the likelihood of relapse in the future. Due to the interconnected nature of these conditions, it is extremely important to address them both. Failure to address both conditions at once can lead to a significantly lower likelihood of successful, long-term recovery. 2
Our treatment approach at The Summit Wellness Group is centered on treating the entire person, and not just their struggles. We use the latest medications, psychiatric practices, clinical therapies, as well as holistic treatment approaches to provide the most comprehensive level of care possible. If someone is to have the best possible chance of long-term recovery, they need effective support and care for a substance abuse issue as well as any underlying mental health issues.
Types of Treatment
We offer several different modes of treatment that are flexible enough to fit any schedule or lifestyle. Some of the different program we offer include:
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): This is a very flexible program that consists of 9 hours per week. The sessions can be broken up however is most convenient, including day or evening sessions.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): The PHP program is more comprehensive than IOP, consisting of 30 hours per week. While the sessions may be longer, there is still substantial flexibility regarding someone’s schedule.
- Sober Living: This is a residential program that offers a safe and healthy space to live while undergoing an IOP or PHP program.
Even though there are different program models, we use several different treatment practices in all of our models to provide comprehensive treatment and care. Just a few of these different techniques include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Mindfulness and Meditation Practices
- Adventure Therapy (walks, hiking, etc.)
- Chiropractic Care and Yoga
- Psychiatric Care
When dealing with a dual diagnosis of addiction and another mental health issue, it is usually beneficial to treat both conditions simultaneously. This may be especially so in the case of depression, as untreated depression can make it exceptionally difficult to begin building a new life, and may increase the chances of a relapse into addiction. Aside from relapse prevention, getting effective care for depression can improve someone’s overall quality of life, allowing them to enjoy it more fully. Finding competent help is a crucial component in the journey towards a new, happier life after addiction to drugs or alcohol.
- Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: The Relationship Between Depressive Symptom Levels and Subsequent Increases in Substance Use Among Youth With Severe Emotional Disturbance
- Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: Meta-analysis of Depression and Substance Use Among Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorders
- Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: Treating Depression and Substance Use – A Randomized Controlled Trial