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Drug Recovery and Depression

Learn more about separating depression and drug use problems for permanent results at Saint Jude Retreats.

Drug Recovery and DepressionNearly 7% of adult Americans struggle with depression annually according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Many of those individuals affected may seek to deal with their depression by turning to substance use. Drug recovery and depression coupled together translates into millions of people everyday who suffer from this problem.

Drug recovery is difficult enough without the added struggle that depression brings. Unfortunately, some drugs used in alcohol and drug recovery treatment have depression as a side effect. Additionally, some drugs may have depression as a common symptom of withdrawal. Depression is serious and impacts an individual both psychologically and physically.

The psychological signs of depression may include:

  • Anxiety and/or irritability
  • Hopelessness
  • Intense sadness
  • Suicidal thoughts

Individuals who experience physical signs of depression may experience the following:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Either over sleeping or insomnia
  • Either loss of appetite or overeating with resulting weight loss or gain
  • Abdominal cramps

Many doctors recommend that an individual not be treated for depression until after they have completed their drug recovery program. However, many rehabs make a co-morbidity treatment plan where they will treat both the drug issue and the depression. The problem is that a person who is prone to drug overuse is put at unnecessary risk of relying on the depression medication itself, rather than working on their problems. For many reasons, these drug recovery programs are unsuccessful in helping a person change their lives permanently and may more or less mask deeper problems.

Another reason that some drug recovery programs impose a co-morbidity treatment plan is to increase their income from insurance companies. Addiction and depression treatments may have limitations on the amounts available for reimbursement for each issue separately however being that one is classified as a medical disease (addiction) and the other as a mental health issue (depression), it allows for separate medical codes to bill against. These co-morbidity plans allow for similar treatments to overlap but potentially be billed separately and increase revenue.

Saint Jude Retreats is highly successful in helping people overcome drug problems. People often find that their depression lifts as they progress through the Cognitive Behavioral Education (CBE) program and begin taking control of their lives. For those whose depression needs more clinical supports, the disentangling of depression from addiction can lead to more successful and long term progress with each issue. With a substance use issue under control, the issue of depression can be tackled more clearly and pointedly than with the overlay of addiction obscuring the issues and making it harder for the user to make changes. Saint Jude Retreats has the individual create and guide their program and goals as their happiness can only be determined by themselves. By doing so, the individual is motivated, empowered and more eager to put energy toward the significant life changes needed to permanently solve their substance use issues and deal with life productively and positively. If you would like more information, please call 888.424.2626.


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