Why Rehab Might Offer the Best Solution to Your Depression
It is sadly common for addiction and depression to be found together – one study found that 47 per cent of those diagnosed with depression also engaged in substance abuse (Source: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs June 1996). If you or your loved are dealing a dual diagnosis which involves depression, it is important to seek the right type of treatment, as this will give you the best chance of recovery.
Dual diagnosis depression treatment involves entering an inpatient rehab so your addiction can be dealt with at the same time as your depression. Managing both of these conditions under the same roof and at the same time makes sense because otherwise you might struggle to make any real progress in recovery. The reality is that it is going to be difficult to effectively treat your depression while you are still engaging in substance abuse, and unmanageable depression is going to increase your likelihood of relapse. Dual diagnosis treatment gives you the support and resources you need to experience true freedom.
Is Your ‘Real Problem’ Addiction or Depression?
It is understandable that you will want to know more about the origins of your problems, but there is not always going to be a satisfying answer. Some people who turn to substance abuse at a young age will have done so as a type of self-medication. They will have experienced some emotional discomfort and found that alcohol or drugs made them feel a bit better in the beginning. In many cases, this discomfort will have been due to the early symptoms of depression – although the person may have been completely oblivious to this fact. There are also lots of people who develop depression as a result of their substance abuse.
If you suspect that your underlying problem is depression, you may be tempted to speculate that you will be safe to use alcohol or drugs once your depression is under control. This type of thinking can get you into a great deal of trouble, as you could use it as a justification to relapse. The truth is that it doesn’t really matter whether the depression or addiction came first because once you become addicted, the only viable option is complete abstinence from alcohol and drugs. The good news is that with once you commit to recovery, and you get the right type of help, you can look forward to a wonderful future.
What to Look for When Choosing Depression Rehab Treatment
These days most rehabs will be happy to take clients who have been diagnosed with depressive illness, but you need to be certain that the facility you choose is equipped to deal with your unique needs. A quality dual diagnosis rehab will have the experience and resources for providing depression treatment with suitable aftercare. Here at Twin Rivers, we have extensive experience with helping people transform their lives following addiction and depression, so we do hope you will choose us as the rehab where you begin your journey into recovery.
David is the Clinical and Development Director of Twin Rivers Rehab in South Africa and a UK Accredited Addictions Therapist with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals UK. Articles/Blogs are written with the assistance of researchers and other specialists in the field of addiction and the recovery process