October is National Depression Education Awareness Month
Depression can be a common issue for people in recovery, as they may be working through traumas or previous coping mechanisms, including substances. It's important to remember that depression is an actual medical condition and should be treated as such. In light of National Depression Education Awareness Month, here are some tips for dealing with depression while in recovery.
Talk to a Professional Therapist or Counselor
If you're feeling depressed, the first step is to talk to a professional. They can help you determine if you're experiencing depression and, if so, how to treat it. Dual-diagnosis treatment centers offer counseling and therapy services to help you work through your mental health struggle.
Find a Support Group or Sponsor
Another excellent resource for dealing with depression is finding a support group or sponsor. These people have been through what you're going through and can offer advice and support. Our team at Carolina Recovery Solutions has a fantastic alumni program that can connect you with a mentor in recovery.
Exercise and Eat a Healthy Diet
Depression can sometimes be caused by an imbalance in brain chemistry, which can be affected by things like diet and exercise. Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise can help to improve your mood.
Establish a Daily Routine
Another way to combat depression is to establish a daily routine. This can help to give you a sense of structure and purpose. Routines include going to meetings, therapy, or spending time with friends and family. Or it can simply be things like taking a walk every day or journaling.
Start a Journal
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you better understand them. It can also be a way to track your progress as you work through your depression. A journal is also an excellent way to communicate with your therapist or counselor, as it allows you to get your feelings down on paper at the moment.
Discuss Medication Options with Your Doctor
In some cases, medication may be necessary to treat depression. If you're considering pharmaceuticals as an option, discuss it with your doctor to see if adding them is right for your needs and recovery goals.
Talk to Someone Who Understands
Talking to someone who understands what you're going through is essential. Recovery can be a difficult and lonely process, but talking to someone who gets it can make all the difference. Carolina Recovery Solutions has a team of compassionate and understanding staff members who are here to support you.
Adopt a Pet
Pets can provide unconditional love and companionship, which can be helpful when dealing with depression. If you're considering adopting a pet, do your research to find an animal that would be a good fit for your lifestyle.
Understand That Sometimes a Little Effort is Good Enough
When dealing with depression, it can be challenging to muster up the energy to do anything. Understand that it's okay to take things one day at a time, and sometimes just getting out of bed and brushing your teeth is a victory. Give yourself credit for your effort, even when it doesn't seem like much.
Helping Individuals Overcome Mental Health and Substance Use Struggles
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please reach out for help. Carolina Recovery Solutions offers dual-diagnosis treatment for those struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about our program and how we can help you or a loved one on the road to recovery.