As a Christian, you may wonder how it is possible for you to be depressed. With God by your side, you should not feel the helplessness and sense of isolation that you are feeling. You may doubt your relationship with Jesus, and even harbor thoughts of suicide. If such thoughts have driven you to use addictive substances, you may also feel enormous guilt and shame. Depression is a serious mental health problem that affects more than 15% of American adults, many of them Christians. The condition is a brain disorder involving the neural transmitters that regulate the brain’s mood centers. Genetics, biological changes in the brain, stress, trauma, and hormonal imbalances also play a role in the development of depression. The condition can interrupt your life, making it difficult to continue with ordinary activities like work, family interaction, and for Christians, maintaining a spiritual connection with God.
• Feelings of extreme sadness, grief, or helplessness
• Sleeping too much or too little
• Under- or overeating
• Anxiety, irritability & frustration
• Inability to concentrate or make decisions
• Loss of interest in day-to-day activities
• Extreme tiredness & unexplained pain
• Overuse of drugs or alcohol
• Fixation on past failures or thoughts of death
Depression is not an illness you can fix by yourself. Its diagnosis requires a thorough mental and physical health assessment by trained professionals. When drug and alcohol abuse co-occur with depression, it is necessary that both conditions be recognized and treated at the same time. For someone struggling with these circumstances, the first step is safe, comfortable detox. Only then, after the addictive substances have left the body, can an accurate diagnosis of depression be made and a treatment plan put in place.
Although depression is a serious medical condition, there are effective treatments for it. Non-habit forming medications are used to re-regulate brain chemicals. Individual psychological counseling and group therapy help patients identify irrational beliefs and unsupported emotional responses. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), grief counseling, and trauma therapy help to work through attitudes and thoughts that may trigger unhealthy behavior. Additionally, life skills training, good nutrition, physical exercise, and medication management give patients tools to cope with stress and stick with the treatment plan.
We use the power of prayer, therapeutic workshops, Christian fellowship, church services, evidence-based treatment practices, our treatment centers, and professionals to help you reconcile and restore broken relationships. Additionally, addiction treatment will consist of helping you reclaim your inner strength and dignity through a renewed faith in Jesus. Our substance abuse treatment is based on pillars of faith in a higher power, forgiveness, which has been proven to help individuals more effectively abstain from substance abuse.