Healing Your Heart so You Can Find Your Happy 

Depression and addiction go hand in hand. It’s a vicious cycle where depression causes women to self-medicate leading to substance abuse and the chemical changes created by substance abuse also cause additional mental health issues. Young women struggling with the intense pain marked by depression will often use drugs or alcohol as a way to numb unbearable emotions. Unfortunately, this often leads to addiction that causes even more pain leaving her trapped and ultimately unable to stop.

Casa Capri can help you stop the cycle and find freedom from your pain for good. Our personalized addiction treatment programs will help you heal and give you the tools and support you need to find long-term sobriety and finally be truly happy. Hope is just a phone call away. Please don’t wait another day to begin your journey to wholehearted healing and a joyful life. Call now at 855-816-8826.

Addiction Treatment for Depression that Works 

No matter how dark things may seem, the accredited alcohol and drug rehab centers at Casa Capri are a beacon of hope for young women struggling with depression’s deep pain. We truly believe that everyone deserves to live a life filled with joy and love and this is exactly what we deliver to our clients. We’ve seen hundreds of miracles. Young women who walk through our door feeling hopeless and lost have been transformed into happy, healthy, vibrant women living lives they truly love.

Our passionate and deeply committed all-female staff combined with our cutting-edge assortment of over 28 holistic and therapeutic treatment modalities, are exactly the team and tools you’ll need for healing and happiness. Pick up the phone and give us a call at 855-816-8826. Our caring intake staff would love to chat with you, answer your questions and share how to treat depression and addiction so you can find the happy in your heart.

depression and addictionHelp for Women with Addiction and Depression

Hormone changes during puberty, menstruation or pregnancy can often lead to mood swings, melancholy, and apathy. While these effects are usually short-lived, depression is different. This severe medical condition can affect how you feel, think, sleep, and behave.

While depression can affect both genders, studies have shown that women are twice more likely than men to experience it. The reasons have to do with cultural norms, gender expectations, socioeconomic factors, and so on.

What Are the General Signs?

The problem with depression is that its signs are not always noticeable. Symptoms range from low self-esteem and fatigue to pervasive apathy and loss of appetite. People with depression often suffer from insomnia, and they feel sad, hopeless, helpless and worthless.

In women, depression can include some specific signs, such as:

  • Appetite loss or gain;
  • Difficulty making decisions or carrying out simple, daily tasks;
  • Sleep disorders;
  • Thoughts of suicide;
  • Physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment, such as headaches, chronic pain or digestive issues;

What Types of Depression Are There?

Harvard Medical School classifies depression as follows:


  • Major Depression One of the primary signs of major depression is that the person has lost interest in what is going on around them. Even the activities that they used to enjoy don’t interest them anymore. The symptoms include changes in appetite, fatigue and feeling worthless and even having suicidal thoughts in extreme cases.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder PDD is a long-time manifestation of sadness that has not yet reached the depths of major depression. Individuals with PDD are mostly functional, even though they may show signs of depression like changes in appetite, lack of energy and sadness.
  • Bipolar Disorder – Formerly known as the manic-depressive disease, bipolar disorder is a type of mental illness where a person goes from moments of depression (with the symptoms described above) to manic episodes: feelings of grandeur, thrill-seeking, aggrandizement, etc.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder This type of depression is a consequence of the shortening of the daytime light exposure during the cold season. As the natural daily rhythms of the body change, moods are also altered, mostly due to glitches in the functioning of chemical messengers, such as serotonin and melatonin.

Types of depressions specific to women:

  • Perinatal Depression Postpartum depression is a combination of minor or major depressive episodes that may occur during or after pregnancy (up to 12 months). This type of depression affects 1 in 7 women who gave birth and may have very serious effects on both the women and their families, including the infants.
  • PMDD This type of depression is, in fact, a severe form of the premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Its symptoms occur between ovulation and the start of menstruation and are similar to major depression.

What Are the Rates Among Females?

According to the World Health Organization, depression has a higher occurrence in women than in men. For instance, depressive disorders account for 41.9% of all neuropsychiatric conditions in women as compared to 29.3% in men.

Experts estimate that depression will become the second reason for disability worldwide by 2020. Similar percentages are valid for anxiety and somatic complaints. These three conditions alone affect one in three people worldwide.

Scientists have also noted that depression may be more persistent in women than in men, but more research is needed to understand the reasons.

What Are the Signs of Substance Abuse and Concurrent Depression?

Depression and bipolar disorder are the most frequent comorbidities associated with substance abuse. One of the prevailing theories explains that mood disorders like depression trigger drugs and alcohol abuse, as the patients try to improve their moods. Clinicians see this every day. Substances may alleviate the mood disorder symptoms at first, but then addiction sets in, aggravating the symptoms and altering the patient’s mood even more.

Signs of a combined substance abuse and depression issue or dual diagnosis include high tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, and remorse. They induce a down-spiraling effect that can only be treated as a complex disorder, not as two separate issues.

What Are the Best Methods for Treatment?

Depending on its type and associated comorbidities the patient has, a medical team will decide which of the available treatment or combination of treatments is the best. For instance, counseling and therapy may also require medication or even various brain stimulation therapies in cases of severe depression.

What Are the Risks of Suicide Among People with Depression?

According to the American Association of Suicidology, depression is the highest risk factor. If the patient doesn’t seek help, the lifetime risk of suicide may reach 15%. Studies also show that people with depression are 25 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population.

How Can You Help a Family Member with Depression?

The first and most important thing a person with depression needs is to see that those around them care about their condition. Sit down with them and ask how you can help; hold their hand and use reassuring words. Don’t’ judge or criticize, don’t tell them to “snap out of it,” because this is only accentuating their feeling of worthlessness. Psychiatrists warn that people with depression don’t appreciate the “tough love” approach as it makes them feel powerless and inferior. Try to understand that depression is an illness. If you don’t tell someone with cancer to get out of bed and look at the bright side of things, you shouldn’t do it with someone with depression either.

Nobody knows how to deal with depression from the onset, and this disorder may be challenging on the patient’s family, but it’s important to read as much as you can about it and understand depression symptoms, consequences, and triggers.

Family members must have patience and instill it in the patient as well. That way you can make them see that you’re taking their illness seriously and they will have someone to rely on during recovery.]


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