The Impact Of Depression and Anxiety Disorders On Addiction

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Treatment for Addiction, Depression and Anxiety DisordersOne in eight clients seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction also suffers from depression and/or an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are commonly associated with depression--in fact; about half of the people who experience depression also have an anxiety disorder. This is partly because people with anxiety disorders often become worried or upset about their problem, and this may lead them to become depressed as well. Some people 'self-medicate' with drugs or alcohol to block out the effects of depression and/or anxiety.

How A Center for Addiction Recovery Treats Clients with Addiction and Depression/Anxiety Disorder:

A Center for Addiction Recovery conducts a complete assessment of the clients' needs and formulate an individualized treatment plan. Clients in our addiction treatment programs who are also diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression will attend cognitive behavior therapies which will appropriately address and treat the disorder along with the substance addiction. The treatment process may involve medications to help with the different aspects of recovery. Our addiction treatment program incorporates various approaches, and it is sensitive to the changing needs of the client throughout his or her recovery. To ensure a progressive approach to substance abuse treatment, our counselors are prepared to address different topics in recovery by using different kinds of interventions and therapies, holding the client to a level of responsibility as he or she works toward recovery.

Therapies that are effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psycho-Education
  • Family Therapy
  • Interpersonal /Social Rhythm Therapy

By gaining insightful information during treatment, recovering individuals are better equipped to:

  • Recognize the onset of any new episode
  • Deal with the issue appropriately and in time
  • Keep with their regular medication to prevent symptoms from reoccurring
  • Develop a strong self-image to cope with the impact of living with depression/anxiety

We offer a combination of medical, psychological, social, and family intervention to help individuals find a healthy balance and prevent future crises. Our philosophy of treatment is different in three important aspects.

1- We recognize that depression/anxiety isn't often the only issue involved. Often people with depression/anxiety are also battling co-occurring conditions such as alcohol addiction and drug dependency. Tackling each issue requires a wider strategy designed to treat the depression/anxiety disorder, as well as the addiction.

2- We treat the whole person, and not just an isolated symptom. Because we are all complex products of our upbringing, we need to dig deep to get to the roots of our problems. We at A Center for Addiction Recovery work hard to identify contributing factors--home life, work, relationships, personal medical history and past traumatic experiences--to establish the big picture that the individualized therapy needs to address.

3- We recognize that families play an important role in the recovery process. Our treatment programs provide family members with a forum to learn positive communication skills and address chronic issues and concerns with the guidance of a professional mediator.

To learn more about addiction and co-occurring disorders please visit the pages below:

To learn more about addiction and co-occurring disorders please visit the pages below:

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Addiction and mood disorders
Addiction and ADD or ADHD
Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder