Now that it is summer, many are looking forward to the sunshine and the change in routine. However, for those individuals who are dealing with depression and a substance use disorder, this season can bring about a unique set of challenges. If you or someone close to you is battling depression while also struggling with an addiction problem, it is essential that you seek professional help.
New Bridge Foundation® provides leading-edge addiction and behavioral health treatment for individuals experiencing a broad range of conditions, including depression. We offer men’s and women’s treatment, inpatient and outpatient rehab, and programs specifically for veterans and active-duty military personnel. Learn more about the specialized programs at New Bridge Foundation® by calling 866.772.8491 or using our easy online form to connect with one of our staff.
What Is Depression?
Depression is far more than just “feeling sad.” Although it is common, depression is a serious mood disorder that involves chemical imbalances in the brain. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Signs and symptoms may include the following:
- Persistent sadness or lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Difficulty sleeping, early waking, or oversleeping
- Appetite changes, weight loss, or weight gain
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Guilt and worthlessness
- Concentration issues and difficulty making decisions
- Suicidal thoughts
It’s important to remember that depression is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. It’s a medical condition that requires understanding and medical care.
Indoor and Outdoor Activities to Help with Depression
Engaging in summer hobbies to fight depression, or discovering new ones, can help manage symptoms of the condition.
Outdoor Activities to Help with Depression
Research suggests that outdoor activities can help improve mood and reduce symptoms of major depressive disorder. Being out in nature, for example, can lead to increased positive emotions while decreasing the negative emotions associated with depression. Additionally, outdoor physical activity has been linked to improved cognitive functioning, better mental health, and an increased ability to cope with stressors.
Examples of outdoor activities that can be helpful for depression include:
- Taking a walk in a park or natural setting
- Exercising outdoors, like biking, running, hiking, swimming, or playing sports
- Connecting with friends or family in nature
- Visiting a farmer’s market or going to an outdoor event
- Bird watching, playing with animals, or exploring at the beach
Indoor Activities to Help with Depression
There are also a number of indoor activities that can help improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression. Examples include:
- Painting, drawing, or writing
- Doing yoga or mindfulness exercises
- Listening to music or watching movies/TV shows
- Playing video games with friends online
- Cooking and baking with friends and family members
With support from New Bridge Foundation® and by engaging in activities that you find enjoyable, you can take the steps necessary to begin a life free of addictive substances while learning how to manage depression and live a healthier life.
Depression and Addiction
Depression and addiction often go hand in hand. When individuals are dealing with depression, they may turn to drugs or alcohol as a means of self-medicating their symptoms. Unfortunately, this can lead to substance abuse issues that further complicate the underlying mental health condition.
People who struggle with both depression and addiction have what is known as a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. The combination of these two conditions can be particularly challenging for individuals, making it necessary for them to receive specialized treatment from professionals who understand the complexity of their situation. Treatment typically involves counseling and learning and developing coping skills that help address both the mental health condition and any substance use disorders present simultaneously. With comprehensive care, people struggling with depression and addiction can learn how to manage their symptoms more effectively so they can live healthier lives free from substances like drugs or alcohol.
The experienced professionals at New Bridge Foundation® are here to help those suffering from substance abuse issues and mental health conditions. To get started on your path to recovery, contact us today at 866.772.8491 or use our online form to connect with one of our staff.
What to Expect in a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program
A dual diagnosis treatment program typically involves a combination of individual and group counseling, health and wellness activities, and lifestyle changes. Here’s what you can expect:
- Assessment – One of our trained professionals will assess your condition, discuss your symptoms, and create a personalized treatment plan.
- Counseling – You’ll participate in individual and group counseling sessions where you’ll learn coping strategies and work through any underlying issues contributing to your substance use disorder and depression.
- Medication management – If medication is part of your treatment plan, your healthcare provider will help you monitor its effectiveness and assist you in seeking adjustments as needed.
Everyone’s experience with depression and addiction is unique, and what works for one person might not work for another. It’s essential to stay patient and communicate openly with your treatment team throughout your recovery journey.
Call New Bridge Foundation® to Learn More
While managing depression and addiction can be challenging, remember that help is available. With over 50 years of experience, New Bridge Foundation® has the depth and professionalism to support your recovery. Voted one of the “Best Addiction Treatment Centers” in America three years in a row by Newsweek magazine, New Bridge Foundation® offers unparalleled and affordable professional addiction treatment services. Call 866.772.8491 today to learn more.