If 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 drug and/or alcohol use should be your main priority right now and while it will not fix all your problems, it will make it easier for you to deal with your other problems, such as your depression, without having to worry about your substance use. In fact, it is more efficient to work on your depression problems separately. Often times alcohol and drug treatment may offer you help for your depression, but will lack in providing with you a solution for your substance use.  

Depending on the type of drugs you have been using, the amount of drugs and alcohol you have been using, the length of time you have been using and the frequency of use; you may need to detoxify 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 is a sign of substance use and also one of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal 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 and anxiety, feelings of sadness and hopelessness, poor concentration and suicidal thoughts, while physical signs of depression include insomnia, 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 other rehab 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 all areas of your life.

Cognitive behavioral education, 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 promoted that alcoholism or drug use is inherited by a genetic defect. Cognitive behavioral education teaches that substance use is a choice that you make and it is possible to make a different choice. 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 then address their negative thoughts and works to find an alternative that promote encouragement.

If you need help discovering the true reasons behind your drug or alcohol problems, call Saint Jude Retreats.