Teens and Drug Rehab and Recovery: How Depression Plays a Role

Drug Rehab Centers:  Alcohol and Depression Medication

Treatment specialists in drug rehab centers understand the huge role depression plays in being treated.  Adjustment among addicts trying to recover is toughest when depression sets in, and the whole thing could lead to a relapse if not addressed – for alcohol and depression medication should not be mixed!

Rehab centers involved in treating addiction (medically and psychiatrically) look at depression as the root cause. Specialists involved in such programs typically give psychotropic or antidepressant medications to fix depression.  Medicating depression in no way cures it, but merely camouflages a common addiction symptom without doing anything about the real cause.  There is an existing drug problem already, and giving someone other drugs to take could make the recovery more difficult to achieve.

Drinking and Depression:  Is it an Issue in Recovery?

While a few addicts admit fighting depression en route to even bigger drug issues, these do not represent the majority of cases. An addict is the real deal if his depression is the result of leading a life filled with unending problems. They struggle with peer pressures, good grades, peer bullying, & issues at home or on the job.


Facts on Teenage Drinking: Challenges

Yes, life is rather tough for these young people, and it shows in their actions. Depression then becomes something that is usual for them to develop.  Thus, people receiving treatment in rehab centers may not derive benefit from being prescribed additional drugs.  An individual has little to gain from being given additional medications; it simply does not fix their life situation.

The depression addicts experience can also stem from their being super tired.  Chemicals are ingested daily, plus they probably sleep and eat at odd hours (if at all); so it is no big leap to a poor health picture.  When someone is out of shape, his energy ebbs and physically he moves rather slowly.  So giving more drugs  might not be the way to go in correcting this problem.  Physical health is so important; exercise gets the mental faculties working, and it is important to get plenty of rest along with good nutrition.

Anxiety, Depression & Alcohol

Placing addicts with depression on a series of medications is, of course, the easier choice of treatment. Yet there are issues to be considered when anxiety, depression, and alcohol are a factor.  Counselors in rehab centers who short cut this may be in the wrong – because while medications temporarily cheer addicts up, it tends to be a dead end.  It is almost effortless to medicate addicts; it is more difficult  to actually assist them in beating their current problems, and aiding them in developing healthier relationships, so they can lead better lives. *Note:  If counselors would focus on the necessary life skills, this could likely achieve more for the individual.

Addicts are unhappy from the start — because they dread having to face themselves, and account for their mistakes and irresponsible behavior. This makes recovery a real ordeal.  If an addict can complete the entire recovery process, a more well-rounded (and happier individual) will be the result.

Drugs of any kind are not likely to have the same outcome.  They merely conceal the addiction/depression briefly – which then returns again and again because nothing has truly changed, or been resolved.  It is not unusual to see depression becoming stronger, once the medication has worn off. The drugs mask whatever symptoms are giving the addict discomfort, and allow the drug abuse cycle to go on endlessly.

Drugs that are legal do not always mean they act differently on addicts, as their substance of choice. Rehab centers mouth off constantly on REHABILITATION and RECOVERY but can they do better by instructing patients on developing real life skills?

Personal Responsibility For Teens:  A Resource Also: Facts About Teenage Drinking and  Binge Drinking Effects

Drug and Alcohol Recovery:  5 Surefire Ways to Mess it Up and  Vitamins to Aid in Drug/Alcohol Recovery (Amazon)

Note:  If you go to the page on Bullying Among Teens check the Cyberbullies section too.

Useful Sites:  Addictionrecoveryguide.org AND  “Sober Since Seventeen” (See 3rd Link)  AND Drinking Teenagers: Videos

Teen Drinking & Driving:  Parents Are The Key –  Video from CDC.gov or  in  PDF  Format

Looking Forward:  Article on What to Bring to College

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It’s shameful just how easily doctors and treatment centers will place a teenager on drug medication. I experienced this first-hand. Please – as a parent, be really careful to LOOK Hard at a treatment center before committing your child to be there – even if it’s well-known, like Cleveland Clinic – and ALSO be sure to visit often, so you can “keep tabs” on what’s going on, & how your teen is being treated.

You’d be well advised to DO this.

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