“We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).”

Depression is a crippling mental health illness that affects all aspects of a person’s life. When a person suffers from depression, he or she often declines invitations to social events, family gatherings, and special occasions with loved ones. Depression makes you disengage in things that once were fun, interesting, and enjoyable. Depression deteriorates relationships and distorts a person’s reality.

Depression is debilitating. It makes a person feel helpless, hopeless, and in despair. Many people who suffer from depression use alcohol as a way to escape painful feelings. Alcohol is a depressant and actually worsens symptoms of depression. Alcohol can also lead to severe physical and mental health problems such as brain damage, overdose, or early death.

People use alcohol as a relief from stress, anxiety, and depression. Over time, alcohol use can develop into an addiction. Alcohol feeds depression, and depression feeds alcohol consumption. Alcohol abuse disrupts sleep patterns, affects the brain and major organ functions, and takes priority over responsibilities and relationships. Alcohol addiction heightens depression, affects job performance, and can cause job termination due to tardiness, absences, and low productivity.

Treatment for alcohol addiction teaches you how to find healthy, sober activities, hobbies, or interests to participate in and establish a sense of self-worth, purpose, and mindfulness while sober. A treatment with a holistic healing approach focuses on treating the mind, body, and spirit to have a successful recovery.

Addiction and depression are treated as a dual diagnosis. One cannot be treated without the other for success in recovery. Addiction and depression are treatable. New, healthy alternatives to coping with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health conditions are offered in treatment.

Each person’s treatment is unique. Some people recover from depression in a few weeks or months with the appropriate therapy and medication. For others, depression is a life-long illness. Recovery from alcohol addiction is possible. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and depression, get help today.

Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in addiction treatment and is located in a serene, remote, lush-green, oxygen enriched environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy and offers yoga and meditation for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy, sober, sustainable relationships. Call us to get started: 409-331-2204