Substance abuse and depression go hand in hand. More often than not, individuals turn to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to help them deal with an overwhelming sense of depression. This is one of the reasons so many people are unable to get through the withdrawal phase without professional help. Considering how strong the connection between depression and drug addiction really is, it’s reasonable for people to wonder if drug rehabilitation centers help treat depression while also helping the patient beat their addiction. Fortunately, treatment for depression is available concurrently with addiction treatment in many facilities.

Drug Rehab Centers Treat the Root of the Addiction

Drug rehab counselors understand that a drug dependency is usually just the symptom of a far greater problem. The main goal of a residential substance abuse center has always been to determine the reason for the addiction and to get the patient the help they need. The process of determining the source of the problem normally requires multiple evaluations. Often, the counselor discovers that depression is the ultimate source of the substance abuse.

As soon as it’s determined that the patient suffers from depression, the counselor customizes the treatment program for the individual and works to help the patient understand the nature of their depression.  Counselors show the client that drugs and alcohol only mask the symptoms rather than make them go away. The amount of treatment the patient receives for their depression will depend on whether or not they have been enrolled in a short or long-term residency program.

How Drug Rehabilitation Centers Utilize Treatment for Depression

There are several underlying causes for depression. In some cases, it’s not possible for the counselors working at a drug rehab facility to treat the condition. Instead, they may have to settle for helping the patient recognize the problem, understand that drugs aren’t the solution, and explore ways that the patient can manage their depression after they have been released from the rehabilitation program.

The type of depression the patient has influences the way the facility handles treatment. A counselor will not treat a patient who has been diagnosed as bi-polar with the same type of therapy given to a person suffering from an anxiety disorder.

There are several different ways drug rehabs can help a patient learn to manage their depression. During the treatment for depression rehabilitation program, the patient will be asked to participate in group and individual therapy sessions; they could explore holistic methods of treatment, use equine therapy, and even use yoga as a means to help them manage their depression.

Drug rehab is just one phase on the road to recovery. Once released, patients need the love and support of their family and friends.  Start the journey of a lifetime now and get back on track.  Call us today at the Discovery Institute to see what we can do to help: (800) 714-2175.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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