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Will Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs Fix My Depression?

Learn more about alcohol and drug treatment and its effect on depression.

Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs and DepressionIf you are one of the nearly 14 million individuals struggling with depression and substance use, you may be questioning, will alcohol and drug treatment programs fix my depression? It is natural that you have concerns regarding your depression; however, your first concern should be to address your alcohol and/or drug use.

Getting help for your substance use should be your main priority right now. While dealing with your substance use will not fix all your problems, it will make it easier for you then work on your other problems, such as your depression, without interference. In fact, it is more efficient to work on your depression problems separately. Oftentimes alcohol and drug treatment may offer you help for your depression, but will be lacking in providing you with a solution for your substance use.

Depending on the type of drugs you have been using, the amount of drugs and/or alcohol you have been using, the length of time you have been using, and the frequency of use, you may need to detox before entering a program. Detoxification is the process of removing the toxic chemicals from your system that are a result of your alcohol and drug use. You may experience some withdrawal symptoms so it is important to choose a detox program that will keep you comfortable throughout the detox process. Studies show that individuals who are able to successfully complete the detox process are more likely to be successful in sobriety than individuals who cannot complete detox.

Since depression may be one of the symptoms of alcohol and certain drug withdrawals, it is important that your substance use is addressed first. The signs of depression can be both physical and psychological. Psychological signs include irritability, anxiety, feelings of sadness and hopelessness, poor concentration, and suicidal thoughts; while physical signs of depression include insomnia or sleeping too much, headaches, fatigue, abdominal cramps, and a loss of appetite or overeating.

While some drug and alcohol rehab programs will tell you that your alcohol and drug use is a disease that you inherited from your family, the truth is you are not diseased. Where 12 Step programs will tell you that you cannot help your drug and alcohol use and that you are powerless against it, the truth is just because you have problems does not mean that you have to turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with them. There is a program that can help you address these areas of your life.

Cognitive Behavioral Education (CBE), only offered at Saint Jude Retreats, is a methodology that does not follow a belief that alcohol and drug use is a disease. The program also does not promote that alcoholism or drug use is inherited by a genetic defect. CBE states that substance use is a choice that you make and it is possible to make different and more productive choices. Saint Jude Retreats has become one of the most successful programs in helping individuals that are struggling with substance use and depression because it helps people address their negative thoughts and work with them to create an alternative individualized plan that promotes self-assessment, empowerment and happiness. If you need help discovering the true reasons behind your drug or alcohol problems, call Saint Jude Retreats at 888.424.2626.


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