Depression With Alcohol and or Drug Abuse - Rehab Center
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression.
According the National Institute of Mental Health, 6.5%, of the adult population in the United States suffers from some form of depression. Clinical depression, including bi-polar disorder, can be a devastating condition. People suffering from depression find themselves living in a dark unhappy world. Depression affects both men and women, but more women than men are likely to be diagnosed with depression. Often times, people suffering from depression turn to drug and or alcohol to get relieve. When this happens, it is known as self-medication. This type of self-medication can lead to more frequent use of drugs and or alcohol, and turn into drug and or alcohol dependency.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
What are the different forms of depression?
There are several forms of depressive disorders. Major depressive disorder, or major depression, is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person's ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally. Some people may experience only a single episode within their lifetime, but more often a person may have multiple episodes.
It is characterized by long-term symptoms that may not be severe enough to disable a person but can prevent normal functioning or feeling well. People with dysthymia may also experience one or more episodes of major depression during their lifetimes.
It occurs when a person has severe depression plus some form of psychosis, such as having disturbing false beliefs or delusions, or hearing or seeing things others cannot i.e. hallucinations.
It is much more serious than the "baby blues" that many women experience after giving birth, when hormonal and physical changes and the new responsibility of caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth.
Characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. The depression generally lifts during spring and summer. SAD may be effectively treated with light therapy, but nearly half of those with SAD do not get better with light therapy alone. Antidepressant medication and psychotherapy can reduce SAD symptoms, either alone or in combination with light therapy.
Also called manic-depressive illness, is not as common as major depression or dysthymia. Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycling mood changes from extreme highs (e.g., mania) to extreme lows (e.g., depression). More information about bipolar disorder is available.
Malibu Horizon Specializes in Drug Alcohol Depression Rehab Treatment
Here at Malibu Horizon, we specialize in treating this condition known as dual diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder. We uses CBT MET therapy to successful treat clients with depression and a co-occurring alcohol or drug abuse issue. We may, if deemed appropriate, prescribe a medication. Our dual diagnosis program combines state of the art therapy with exercise, nutrition and other forms of holistic treatments to address not only the substance abuse problems but also any and all psychological issues.
Depression, even the most severe cases, can be treated. The sooner treatment begins, the more effective it is. The first step to getting appropriate treatment is to visit a doctor. Certain medications, and some medical conditions (such as viruses or a thyroid disorder), can cause the same symptoms as depression. A doctor can rule out these possibilities with a physical exam, by asking questions, and lab tests. If the doctor can rule out a medical condition as a cause, he or she should conduct a psychological exam or refer the patient to a mental health professional.
The doctor or mental health professional will conduct a complete diagnostic exam. He or she should discuss any family history of depression, and get a complete history of symptoms. He or she should also ask if the patient is using alcohol or drugs, and whether the patient is thinking about death or suicide.
The most common treatments for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy.