Chronic depression is a mental health issue that completely clouds the mind. Feelings of depression can negatively impact everything in our lives, from our family dynamic, relationships, friendships, and our ability to enjoy the world around us. Depression isolates us and distorts our perception.

What is depression?

From a clinical standpoint, depression involves a loss of interest in things normally found interesting, and overwhelming feelings of sadness that can affect the emotional and physical well-being of an individual; it can often be the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. If you have experienced depression, you know it can make life difficult to cope with.

Through a series of studies on alcohol and drug addiction, it is thought that 20% of people with drug and alcohol addiction suffer from depression. Addiction and depression are often paired together because substances are used to remove or mask feelings of depression, but they can also be the further of cause depression. The combination of depression and substance dependency can be overwhelming and create a sense of hopelessness.

Who is affected by depression?

Depression can affect children as young as age five, but mostly affects people ages 14 and up. As we grow older, life brings different series of obstacles our way. Some seem to have little difficulty in dealing with and adapting to these new dynamics. Those with depression have difficulty moving through these episodes and can incur physical and mental health issues because of their inability to find healthy alternative ways to cope.

Frequently, depression affects those who have had difficulty with unemployment, family issues at home or relationship troubles, and who were predominantly in minority groups. Background and family dynamic, such as those who are children of a parent/s suffering from alcohol and drug dependency are among those susceptible to depression.

Severe depression can stem from instances of grief over the loss of someone we care for and cannot move past. Grief eases over time as we learn to cope with loss and find comfort in our memories and surrounding family support. With depression, these feelings of intense loss and sadness are debilitating and can distort our outlook on who we are as individuals. Depression adversely affects our self-esteem, and this loss of self-worth can lead to drug and alcohol use, ultimately leading to addiction.

How do we treat depression?

There are many methods for treating depression. At The Villa Treatment Center, we offer a wide variety of dynamic treatments that help to target every aspect of addiction from the physical to emotional and everything in between. Our mission is to bring a combination of complementing treatments together to help identify emotional blockages and feelings to ease our needs for substance abuse. Depression therapy is not a one-size-fits-all type of treatment, but rather a customized treatment plan that targets the particular needs of the individual.

We begin our treatment here at The Villa Treatment Center with individual counseling so that we can gauge the best methods of treatment for the individual and our clinical psychologist can diagnose signs of depression. We don’t prescribe medications for depression, but will take you to a referred psychiatrist if medication is necessary to improve your quality of life.

After detox is complete and we have begun putting together a treatment plan for successful recovery, we examine the different forms of therapy we offer to gauge your comfort levels and identify the therapies that interest you the most. We don’t force therapy on our clients but invite them to participate in these recommended therapies. Our philosophy is to try everything once, especially if these are new experiences for you, so that we can best tailor our treatment plan for your individual recovery.

We prefer to refrain from recommending any additional medications as the go-to method of treatment in order to focus on the emotional and physical ties to drug and alcohol dependency. Depression requires a new perspective on our current situation and the support required to help us understand that hope is not lost. At The Villa as many of our staff have been through the difficulties that coincide with addiction. Working through depression and all the strong feelings that hold us back from living the life we have been searching for is our main focus. Once we fully understand every emotion and action associated with depression, we learn to utilize healthy coping methods.