Treating Depression While in Sober Living

treating depressionIt is estimated that more than half of all patients who enter drug rehab are struggling with a mental health disorder, and depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health issues in the United States. For residents of sober living programs, managing the symptoms of depression is as important as controlling the cravings and triggers that arise, because for many patients, untreated depression is the cause of relapse.

If you are in recovery for addiction issues and also living with co-occurring mental health issues, it is imperative that you choose a sober living program that has the resources to assist you in the management of dual treatment plans designed to address both issues simultaneously.

Managing Depression Treatment

Treatment for depression often begins during inpatient treatment and residents must manage their ongoing mental health care while transitioning into independent living. This often means:

  • Meeting regularly with the prescribing physician if medications are a part of treatment to ensure that the dosage is correct and to address any issues that arise
  • Seeing a personal therapist weekly in order to troubleshoot day-to-day obstacles as they arise and to work through underlying trauma, abuse, and other issues that can contribute to depression
  • Engaging in a range of holistic treatments that decrease stress and improve mood (e.g., acupuncture, massage, acupressure and more)
  • Meeting with a nutritionist and workout partner and/or trainer to maintain optimum physical health, which in turn can fight depression

Maintain Focus on Recovery From Addiction

All the above measures can also aid in continuing progress in recovery from addiction as well, but it’s important to do more than just address depression in order to solidify the stance against relapse. In addition to the above treatment options, Dual Diagnosis patients in sober living are encouraged to:

  • Attend 12-step meetings
  • Go to family therapy sessions as needed
  • Go to group sessions that focus on positive interactions and coping skills in recovery
  • Address physical ailments related to addiction

Balance in Recovery

In addition to managing depression treatment and ongoing recovery from addiction, residents can round out their schedule during sober living by improving other areas in their lives as well. Access to resources for the following can also help to limit symptoms of depression and increase recovery efforts on all fronts:

  • Job and skills training to improve employability
  • Educational efforts to widen job prospects
  • Volunteering to improve self-esteem and give back to the community
  • Parenting classes to improve family relationships
  • Addressing legal issues as needed and keeping up with court-mandated requirements

Ask for Help

Even residents who are vigilant in attending to their mental health treatment during sober living can ultimately discover that it’s still difficult to keep up with all other aspects of life, especially when addiction is an issue. Balance is key, but so too is being able to ask for help when it is needed. This starts with being open and honest with oneself, taking a regular emotional inventory and sharing those findings with therapeutic staff. If relapse is a fear or concern, talking about those issues in group sessions and private therapy can help.

Learn more about the different treatment and therapeutic options for residents of sober living homes when you contact us at the phone number listed above and speak to an admissions coordinator about your recovery needs today.