At Northbound Treatment Services, we help determine the causes of addiction and depression, then help our clients reenter school or the workplace and cope with their depression disorders.It is not uncommon to find that someone suffering from substance abuse or alcoholism is also suffering from depression. However, in order to truly recover from the addiction, it is important to treat the underlying depression as well, ensuring that the person has the emotional tools they need to process those feelings without returning to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. Northbound Treatment Services has the experienced and trained staff necessary to guide you or your loved one down the path of conquering this dual struggle.
Depression can affect people in very different ways. For example, young adults are in the midst of undergoing a significant amount of social and emotional growth and change. However, when coupled with depression and substance abuse, this development can be stunted, and a troubled young adult may abandon or sabotage plans for higher education or a career. At Northbound Treatment Services, we help determine the causes of depression, then help our clients reenter school or the workplace and cope with their depression disorders.
Depression treatments and chemical dependency treatments look to normalize and regulate feelings and responses to life. Clients learn how to effectively work, study and maintain sober relationships.
The National Institute of Mental Health has identified some symptoms of the different types of depression. These include:
- Struggles with concentrating, recalling details, and decision making
- Exhaustion and diminished energy
- Feeling guilty, worthless, and/or helpless
- Feelings of desperation and/or negativity
- Sleeplessness, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleep
- Edginess, irritability, or restlessness
- Reduced interest in previously pleasurable activities or hobbies, including sex
- A tendency to overeat or a loss of appetite in general
- Ongoing cramps, aches and pains, or digestive problems that persist even with treatment
- Feelings of sadness, anxiety or emptiness that won’t go away
- Contemplating or attempting suicide
No one should have to live with active addiction and depression. At Northbound, our individualized treatment plans address depression co-occurring with a substance abuse problem in an effective, compassionate way. At Northbound we use a multi-faceted approach of individual, group and experiential therapies, coupled with cognitive behavioral theory, to help our clients learn to cope with their depression. In many cases, the depression is a symptom of the substance abuse itself, and through abstinence and the 12-steps, those depressive feelings and behaviors fade as the sense of hope that comes with sobriety grows. In other cases long-term management of depression requires medication and a commitment to therapy. Either way, our depression treatment programs provide our clients with a new sense of self and a positive path towards sobriety and a new life.
Contrary to popular belief, medications do not “cure” depression. However, medication is often part of the depression treatment. And because depression is a chronic condition, switching or adding medications often helps a client who is not responding well or who has developed distressing side effects to a previous medication. Because our philosophy includes limiting use of medication except where necessary for effective treatment, Northbound works with psychiatric referrals to communicate and ensure the efficacy of all medication.
The medications for the various types of depression can take some time before they start working, so stabilization in a serenity-based program like Northbound is vital for the individual suffering from both addiction and depression. This is also the stage of recovery where the client and family – if they have not already done so – familiarize themselves with all aspects of the illness. During stabilization, the staff works to educate families on the symptoms and treatment of their loved one’s disease and encourages them to learn as much about the illness as possible
Real Relief through the 12-Steps
For many victims of addiction and depression, the best solution lies in a combination of the 12-steps and therapy. The goal at Northbound is to taper off the use of medications as soon as is clinically responsible and focus more energy on holistic treatment methods. Therapy forces our clients to look at themselves and their history, their beliefs in relation to their actions, and address those areas where they have failed or fallen short. This process will be spiritual in nature and will help correct cognitive distortions and increase self-esteem.
Treatment at Northbound includes a number of esteem-building activities ranging from physical fitness to life skills, relaxation techniques and experiential therapies. This daily routine is important to developing the personal growth needed to overcome addiction. In addition, we try to spend as much time as possible in outdoor activities. There is ample evidence to support the effectiveness of exercise, fresh air and sunlight in relieving depression.
There are many reasons why Northbound Treatment Services is located in Orange County, CA, but one of the most important is the good weather and nearby ocean. Newport Beach is a great place for healing and enjoying spiritual experiences. From surfing to hiking, the area offers a wide range of outdoor activities for those in recovery, helping us improve our clients’ sense of relaxation and mental well-being. Our experience has shown that exercising and eating properly play huge roles in how our clients are able to cope with depression. What’s more, the life skills (including better nutrition and physical fitness) that they develop at Northbound will help them stay sober and avoid depression long after they leave our structured care.
Consider the testimony of one Northbound client, who shared his experience in dealing with depression and the effects of Northbound’s treatment: “Looking back on it, I didn’t know I was depressed. My stomach hurt and I was tired all the time. I was angry, too. I drank to cover up my feelings, but it didn’t work. It was only after I did my Fourth Step that I really started to feel better. I’m still not the cheeriest person in the world, but at least I don’t growl at the world anymore.”
Recovering from alcohol or drug addiction and depression is a difficult process, but one that can bring with it hope and a new outlook on life. If you or your loved one needs help with addiction and depression, contact Northbound today and take the first steps towards living sober.