Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn treats depression as a common co-occurring illness alongside addiction. Depression is a clinical illness that has crippling effects on the sufferer. Much like any other illness, it requires the correct professional treatment to overcome. We treat both depression and addiction simultaneously; this is proven to be the most successful way of preventing a recurrence of either illness in the future.
Those with addiction and a co-occurring illness usually find themselves in a difficult situation trying to access the correct help through NHS services. Mental Health teams are unable to treat depression until the addiction has been overcome, but the illness of depression itself accelerates addiction in the sufferer so they find themselves feeling very unsupported and alone when trying to get well. Whether the depression or the addiction came first, is pretty irrelevant; both need to be treated comprehensively, correctly and simultaneously. Neglecting to treat one before the other just ends up in the individual being trapped in a cycle of continual relapse of both illnesses
Depression is much more than just a feeling of sadness. To the sufferer, it can be debilitating, as it negatively impacts on all areas of their life. Overcoming Depression and addiction together usually takes a combination of medical and therapeutic treatment. At Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn we are able to successfully treat depression and addiction, providing a long-term solution and recovery from both.
If you suffer from Depression, you may get frequently told by those who do not understand to “Just pull yourself together”, or to ” Stop feeling sorry for yourself, you have nothing to be depressed about”. To an individual suffering from this illness, this is both unhelpful and hurtful to hear. Depression is not a choice, nor is it something you can simply snap out of; it is a life-threatening mental illness that can carry severe consequences to the sufferer and to their loved ones. Depression is not a condition that is likely to get better on its own as it is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain and manifests in negative thought patterns. Depending on the severity of the condition, it needs to be treated medically and therapeutically. Depression can be the cause of, or the result of, substance abuse. A thorough assessment and continual review of progress needs to be conducted in order to for the condition to be correctly diagnosed and treated. We treat many patients with dual diagnosis illnesses and have found that they do have the capacity to recover fully once they engage fully with our treatment and recovery programme.
There are various types of recognised medical Depression. Here are some of the most common forms that require professional medical treatment and help to recover from:
Postnatal Depression occurs in new mothers and it is triggered by huge hormonal changes brought on by giving birth. It is completely different from the commonly occurring postnatal “baby blues” in that it is much more serious and without correct treatment can last for months, sometimes even years.
Those affected can have a constant feeling of sadness and feel listless. They may suffer from disturbed sleep patterns, low self-confidence, loss of appetite and feel highly anxious. They are likely to neglect their own health and isolate from others as feel inadequate as new mothers. Women suffering from Postnatal Depression are likely to feel a failure and will be scared to express their true feelings for fear of being judged by others.
Postnatal Depression can be so severe in some cases that the woman affected is unable to care for herself or her baby. She may not feel a bond with her baby and show little interest; on the other hand, she may be overprotective and hyper-alert to her baby’s needs. She may well turn to drink or drugs in order to help her cope and blot out the overwhelming feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety and failure. If left untreated, the mother and child bond is likely to be affected in the long term and the woman may even feel so low that she contemplates taking her own life.
Bipolar Disorder is also known as Manic Depression and causes the person to suffer from extreme mood swings. Those with Bipolar Disorder alternate between periods of deep depression and hyper-mania; where they will be very excited and then very depressed. Bipolar Disorder presents in various types, all are debilitating and very serious. Those suffering from manic episodes are likely to behave destructively and out of character, sometimes spending money they don’t have, behaving erratically and taking risks such as sleeping with individuals they would not do so when not in a manic state. When in a depressive state, they can be suicidal and self-harm. Bipolar Disorder usually requires a combination of mood stabilisers and therapy for a full recovery and is considered to be a very serious condition that requires both medical and therapeutic management
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is linked to the fewer daylight hours of late autumn and winter. The shorter days and longer colder nights can trigger depression in those predisposed to it. Those affected will struggle during the winter months but come spring when the day lengthens and the temperature rises, their mood will lift naturally. SAD can be mild or severe; those affected can suffer from an inability to sleep and experience issues with food and self-care during depressive periods. This can lead to an increase in addictive behaviours as the individual tries to fix themselves through external means. SAD can be successfully treated with a comprehensive therapeutic programme, designed to bring about a change in the individual’s thinking and perception.
As the name suggests this is where an individual develops Depression in response to an event. Common triggers are bereavement, illness, redundancy and relationship break-ups. In order to recover, the individual will need therapy to help them process and deal with the triggering event.
If you or a loved one exhibit the following symptoms, please seek professional help, it may well be that you are suffering from a form of depression that requires professional treatment. Delaying treatment can result in a downward spiral of suicidal ideation, addiction and self-harm tendencies.
Those with Depression may suffer from the following physical, social, emotional or psychological symptoms:
There is no one singular event or trigger for an individual developing Depression. What is known, is that the brain chemistry alters due to a fall in the levels of Serotonin produced. Serotonin is the body’s naturally occurring happy chemical. Adequate levels of Serotonin are required in order for an individual to feel content, able to sleep and feel motivated. A change in hormone levels and stress can trigger a decrease in Serotonin; others are genetically predisposed to developing Depression. By abusing drink or drugs, the individual temporarily finds relief from the symptoms of depression, but when the symptoms return they are worse, as all alcohol and drug comedowns can intensify depressive symptoms
Not everyone develops Depression as a result of a stressful or upsetting situation such as a relationship breakdown or bereavement; those that do develop clinical depression often will have a family history of Depression and mental illness and are genetically at higher risk of developing the condition.
Regardless of the cause, it is imperative that the individual seek help promptly.
Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn has the means and expertise to correctly treat a number of depressive and other common co-occurring illnesses. As a rehab centre specialising in the treatment of dual diagnosis patients, we have on board a qualified doctor experienced in treating addiction and co-occurring mental health illnesses. We can arrange a psychiatric assessment and work with existing mental health support to ensure the appropriate treatment is provided. All of our staff are fully trained and qualified in delivering a number of effective and proven treatment techniques for addiction and its common co-occurring illnesses. We treat Depression using a number of powerful therapeutic talking methodologies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, One to One Counselling, Group Therapy and a combination of mood enhancing and emotionally balancing holistic therapies such as Meditation, Mindfulness, Art, Music, Dance and Fitness.
The environment we have created is one that is extremely supportive, friendly and healing; we focus on treating each individual as a whole. This means our individualised, person-centred treatment programmes are designed to treat the root causes of each client’s illness and restore them to optimum health in mind, body and spirit. We equip our patients with the tools they need for a full and permanent recovery and will do all we can to meet each person’s medical, clinical and therapeutic needs on an individual basis.
For more information on our treatment programme for Depression, please call and speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist you in any way that they can. Depression and Addiction can be successfully overcome and we will do all we can to help you to achieve that on a full and permanent basis.