Depression comes in many forms. Sometimes it is brought on by a particular event and is a form of situational depression. At other times, there is no easily identifiable reason for the onset. These cases are often a result of a chemical imbalance within the brain, so the individual needs treatment to help them manage their mental health. Whatever the cause, we find that many people who enter addiction treatment also have an underlying need for a depression treatment program, leading to the need for dual diagnosis treatment.

More than any other combination, depression is the top disorder found in a dual diagnosis. In such cases, treatment for both conditions is vital. At Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge, we do not treat depression alone. Still, we’re pleased to provide treatment for those simultaneously battling addiction and depression. To learn more about your treatment options, reach out to Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge today at 844.442.8673.

Which Comes First?

a woman enrolls in a depression treatment program

Like the chicken and the egg, this is a question that rarely has a definitive answer because addiction and depression are closely related. It appears that which came first is different for each individual. However, by the time addiction has set in, a dual diagnosis depression treatment program is also necessary because the two disorders feed off each other.

In some cases, rather than seeking depression treatment, a person may seek drugs or alcohol to ease the symptoms. After all, they reason, there is no reason they should feel this badly. The substance makes them feel better for a time. Over time, however, they build a tolerance to the drug, and it takes more and more of it to do the trick.

When Addiction Is the Trigger

Addiction itself can cause depression in an individual. Some drugs can cause changes in the brain, leading to mental instability, depression, and other conditions. In addition to the chemical changes, addiction puts an individual into situations that can heighten the depression. Relationships go sour, jobs get lost, and financial and legal trouble can all result. These issues increase depression. Since the brain has reached the point where it can no longer feel happy without help, imbibing in the substance of choice becomes even more likely. The circle continues spinning.

Moving Forward

The best way to break this endless cycle is to work with a dual diagnosis program. Then, both the depression and the addiction get treatment at the same time. As the body becomes free of the addicting substance, the brain begins to rewire itself and again starts producing the needed hormones. In the meantime, our team will provide a range of therapeutic options to offer natural coping mechanisms. The individual has the opportunity to start learning more beneficial ways of dealing with depression symptoms. At the same time, these methods eliminate having to turn to drugs or alcohol to feel better.

Later in treatment, the individual can begin making amends and getting their lives back with relationships and a job. These factors also help alleviate depression symptoms. The result is a new circle that is going in a positive direction.

Contact Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge

When you contact us at 844.442.8673, the staff here at Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge take the time to do a full mental health evaluation to see if they are suffering from both addiction and a mental health condition. We offer a range of service options, including:

We understand that you need to be healthy on all levels in order to thrive in your recovery. Don’t let depression or addiction have the upper hand any longer. Reach out to us now and see how we can help get you on track to a brighter future.