Depression is one of the most frequent co-occurring issues seen with individuals suffering from drug or alcohol dependency. It is very common for people who are struggling with depression to turn to drugs and alcohol for relief. Depressed individuals are often suffering from so much pain, hopelessness, and low self-esteem that drugs and alcohol serve as a temporary escape and a way to self-medicate. However, this repeated self-medicating causes a chemical dependency in the mind and body, eventually leading to a full blown addiction. Although the use of drugs and alcohol starts as a way to numb the pain, it actually ends up magnifying and aggravating the effects of depression, having the opposite intended outcome.
Typically, depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the body or brain that can be corrected with proper treatment. Many times depression is caused by low dopamine or serotonin levels, which are the “feel good” chemicals in the body. Unfortunately, many of the most commonly prescribed medications for depression/anxiety have addictive potential. At Passages Malibu, we believe in treating patients with depression using natural supplements rather than addictive prescription medications. Natural supplements for depression can actually rebuild the chemicals in your body that are lacking, as well as result in improved moods, energy levels and sleep patterns. At Passages Malibu, our program not only works for people who have depression, but anxiety, insomnia, and ADD as well.
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