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When someone enters into treatment it often comes after family expressing concern, legal issues, relationship issues, a distaste for consequences of use or extreme sadness or dissatisfaction.  Sadness occurs to all of us at one time or another.  Persistent sadness which impacts our lives, when it aligns with clinical criteria, can be described as depression.   Among other mood disorders, depression or Major Depressive Disorder, can be a result of brain chemistry, life circumstances, and can result from prolonged drug use and dependence.   Along with depression someone seeking drug and alcohol treatment may struggle with other mood disorders which may present as struggling to maintain balance in behavior and emotion.  When this becomes clinically severe it can be a dysregulation or possibly bipolar disorder.   When someone decides to end their substance use and seek supports to maintain sobriety, a disorder of mood may cause their struggle to increase.  CIVIQ Health’s support, clinical, and medical staff are dedicated to supporting the client in early recovery from both their addiction and recovery from mood disorders. 

Ongoing Supports

CIVIQ Health offers supports for mood disorders at all levels of care.  Inpatient depression treatment includes supports such as medication management and consultation at detox, residential, and partial hospital levels of care.  From there, staff work with clients to secure long-term supports in the community.  Clients are able to use supports to find providers and to schedule appropriate needs with medical and psychological providers in the community. 

Working with Clinicians

Depression treatment includes medical support as well as working with clinicians in individual and group settings.   Clients can meet with professionals in order to share their experiences, identify goals and use strengths to address their struggles with the support of trained therapists, social workers, and counselors.  These professionals use a myriad of interventions and use different approaches to help clients gain insight, learn to use coping skills and communicate needs as to assist in their recovery.  It is the goal of the clinical team to form authentic and compassionate connections with clients seeking to begin their sobriety at CIVIQ Health. 

Clients work in groups and individual sessions to address mood disorder (such as Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder I or II, Substance-Induced Depressive Disorder, or others).  It is important that CIVIQ Health staff also consider that supporting clients in early recovery requires knowledge of Post-Acute Withdrawal.  These symptoms can result from withdrawal after ceasing use of drugs and alcohol.  These symptoms can be physical and emotional and can take from three to eighteen months to subside.   With appropriate supports as well as integration to further community supports and activities such as Yoga and exercise are reported to assist in addressing symptoms of PAWs. 

Depression and Alcohol

Supporting clients who identify as alcoholics come with the knowledge that the use of alcohol depresses the nervous system.  Prolonged use of alcohol can result in whole body issues and withdrawal from alcohol can include dangerous symptoms such as seizure and a high risk of fatality if detox is unassisted.  Clients are supported at the detox level for alcohol and benzodiazepine dependence in order to pass through the dangerous period and minimize threats.  With further supports in lower levels of care understanding of mood, cognition and physical symptoms can occur with users of alcohol.   Members are encouraged to use clinical, medical and community supports.  At CIVIQ Health alcohol and depression treatment clients are introduced to a number of recovery and 12 step support groups such as Alcoholics anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Dharma Recovery, SMART recovery, as well as others.   With this community support coupled with support from individual therapists it is the hope of CIVIQ Health to help clients in early recovery identify, and achieve their goals.

Depression and Other Drugs

CIVIQ Health takes a similar approach to alcohol treatment as they do with treatment of other drugs.  The clinical staff asks clients to consider the reasons for use and the things that caused them to continue to use substances or alcohol as a solution to cope, although in maladaptive ways.  Drug depression treatment addresses physical cravings (similar in alcohol) with community and clinical supports.   Working with clinicians in groups and in individual sessions, relapse prevention approaches and methods are introduced to clients to gain insight into triggers, patterns and other aspects that supported use. 

Supporting You or Your Loved One

Considering drug and alcohol treatment often comes after asking oneself “How can I find help?”  or for a loved one “How to help someone with drug addiction and depression?”.  If you have experienced these thoughts or feel CIVIQ Health can help connect you to supports you may need please call our admission specialists today.