Depression is one of the most common, yet least understood, mental health conditions. Millions of people worldwide struggle with feelings of hopelessness, loneliness, and sadness that can be difficult to manage. And for many, depression co-occurs with addiction. The relationship between this mental health concern and substance abuse can be complex, but there is treatment available that can help. At Athens Recovery, we don’t just help people get sober—we help them learn new skills and make changes in their lives that can help them overcome addiction, manage the symptoms of depression, and thrive in recovery. Our depression treatment program is a part of the comprehensive addiction recovery services we offer.
Our compassionate team of professionals is here to guide you through your journey of healing and provide individualized depression treatment that will support you on the road to a fulfilling life. If you’re ready to get started, call our team at 844.959.4998 or reach out online to verify your insurance, learn more about our addiction therapy programs, and explore how we can help.
The Connection Between Depression and Addiction
Depression and addiction can be intrinsically linked. Individuals experiencing depression may turn to substance abuse as a means of coping with their symptoms. Drugs and alcohol can provide temporary relief from feelings of sadness, isolation, and hopelessness. However, these substances only serve to exacerbate depressive symptoms in the long run.
On the other hand, the effects of addiction can lead to changes in brain chemistry that increase the likelihood that an individual will experience depression. For many, depression is a consequence of addiction, not a cause.
No matter the journey you’ve been on, help is available. Our experienced team of professionals can help you identify the underlying issues at play and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets your individual needs and helps you reach your goals.
Signs You'd Benefit from Depression Treatment Alongside Addiction Treatment
Not sure if you’re dealing with depression in addition to substance abuse? While talking to an addiction treatment specialist is the best option for a definitive diagnosis, there are some common signs to look out for that may indicate you’d benefit from depression treatment. These include:
- Experiencing feelings of numbness, hopelessness, or suicidal thoughts that become harder to ignore as you confront your addictive behaviors
- Continuing to use drugs or alcohol to escape or cope with negative emotions despite negative consequences
- Becoming socially isolated and avoiding activities that were once enjoyable or fulfilling due to feelings of depression
- Having a family history of addiction or life stressors that may also contribute to your depression symptoms
Our depression treatment center takes these signs seriously and is here to provide you with the care and support you need to get well.
Our Approach to Depression Treatment:
At Athens Recovery, our approach to depression treatment is personalized and integrative. Our compassionate therapists provide various therapies that complement your addiction treatment, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. This therapy works to explore and address the underlying emotional factors that may be contributing to your depression or addiction. Group therapy can also be a powerful tool for individuals struggling with co-occurring depression and addiction. Our team can help you develop healthier coping skills, challenge unhealthy thought patterns, and build a supportive community of peers in recovery.