“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 1-800-273-8255.”

Depression is debilitating and paralyzing. Christmastime and the holidays can be extremely difficult for a person suffering with depression. During the holidays, many people get together with loved ones, attend parties, exchange gifts, and enjoy the festivities of the season. For a person battling depression, the holidays can be emotionally and mentally painful and lonely. Depression prevents a person from enjoying the things they once had fun doing. Relationships with loved ones are affected by depression. It leads to helplessness, hopelessness, and loneliness.

Depression is more than just being sad. It is crippling. Many people suffering from depression use drugs or alcohol as a way to escape the pain they are feeling. This can lead to substance abuse or addiction and cause many physical health problems such as brain damage, overdose, or early death. If you suffer from depression and addiction, get professional help to treat both conditions. A dual diagnosis must be treated simultaneously for recovery.

Depression disrupts sleep patterns, affects job performance, and can lead to tardiness or frequent absences from work and job loss. When a person is battling a mental health illness, such as depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress disorder, he or she might turn to drugs or alcohol to numb their feelings.

Recovery from depression is not the same as recovering from an injury. Every person’s recovery is different. The National Mental Health Association states that more than 80% of people who get treatment for depression say it helps.

It is important to continue self care after treatment. Nutrition is very important in recovery from depression. Developing a sensible eating plan will keep an individual feeling healthy and provide the proper nutrients. Keeping track of calories, eating lots of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and limiting fat, sugar, and caffeine will help in recovery.

Some people only face depression once in their lives and others encounter depression multiple times. Recovery from depression will allow you to feel as good as you once did. Things you had an interest in doing before will be fun again. Never use drugs or alcohol to cope with depression.

If you or a loved one is struggling with depression and addiction, get help today. Cypress Lakes Lodge offers dual diagnosis treatment. This will help you feel well again. There is hope in recovery.

Cypress Lakes Lodge offers treatment for addiction in a peaceful, remote, oxygen-rich environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy 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