Depression and Addiction Treatment at Olympia House

Olympia House provides a comforting atmosphere for those with depression and addiction treatment that addresses the complex factor associated with the condition. When you or a family member are in the darkest places of substance use disorder, Olympia can provide a vital therapeutic framework which addresses depression as an underlying disorder. There are often subtle and delicate reasons why one has come to abuse drugs or alcohol, and we work to address these reasons through compassionate, evidence-based, and diverse treatment services with either a residential or outpatient program, all based from our beautiful Sonoma County location.

What is Depression?

Everyone has days that are hard. We can feel down for some time, but then after a few hours, days, or weeks, we rebound. We come back to our usual selves, and we are able to feel relaxed, satisfied and generally happy.

For people with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or simply depression, this is not the case. Depression is a serious mental disability and the condition may affect around 30 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). People who are diagnosed with depression when, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th Edition (DSM-IV), depression lasts for more than two weeks. It also may involve the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Change in appetite
  • Changes in sleep
  • Loss of energy
  • A sense of worthlessness
  • General irritability
  • A loss of interest in activities or hobbies
  • Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts
  • And more

Depression and addiction often go hand in hand, which is why they are considered to be one of the most common co-occurring disorders. It is understood that addiction can lead to depression or that depression can lead to addiction. Oftentimes a drug of abuse serves as an emotional and psychological band-aid which can help alleviate short-term symptoms, but never addresses the root of the problem.

Why do People with Depression Abuse Drugs and Alcohol?

The cause of addiction is not well understood. It was once thought that the disorder was primarily caused by an imbalance in brain chemistry, yet evidence now suggests that answer is not so simple. Multiple factors including brain chemistry, genetics, personality, relationships with friends and family, and one’s general environment can contribute to the development of the condition. Changes in the brain may occur alongside and because of all these reasons.

Since drugs of abuse tend to change the concentration of neurotransmitters in the brain, they can produce temporary feelings of happiness or euphoria. These feelings can cause an individual with depression to reuse drugs and alcohol in an attempt to dampen the symptoms of depression or use them as a coping mechanism.

Treatment for Substance Use Disorder with Depression at Olympia House

Substance use disorder is a treatable condition, and just because the disease may accompany any addiction, this does not change you or your family member’s ability to heal. Our mental health counselors have decades of experience in addressing how addiction and your recovery remain in the context of depression treatment. Our consulting physicians may either provide or work with your current doctors in coordinating evidence-based treatments such as Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Depression and addiction treatment, just like the conditions themselves, often go hand in hand. Olympia House offers specialized group therapies and mental health counseling for depression and other co-occurring disorders.

Healing and Recovery during Depression and Addiction Treatment

Science has demonstrated that healing from depression and addiction is possible. The human brain is a remarkable organ and as a therapeutic framework is introduced, the brain begins to change. It’s sometimes hard to imagine days where you or a loved one who is suffering from both depression and addiction can learn to live again. We are here to help you during depression and addiction treatment. We know how difficult and discouraging it is to undergo the process of finding help while fighting for your life. Don’t wait another minute to get in touch with a friendly Olympia staff member if you or a loved one is suffering. Call us: (888) 795-1965.