Men’s Addiction and Depression Treatment
The word “depressed” doesn’t work for men. It signifies weakness, defeatism, shame and makes one less of a man if he is depressed. But when men lose their ability to function normally, be it at work, at home, in the bedroom, or at play, that’s exactly what they feel like – weak and a loser.
The disease of clinical depression is much more than a case of the “blues.” It is a bona-fide disease of the brain and affects one’s ability to feel normal, to focus, to be motivated, to sleep, to eat, to have sex and to have a healthy self-esteem. The disease produces many symptoms and one does not have to have all symptoms in order to be successfully diagnosed with depression.
Clinical depression lasts for several weeks, months and even years, perhaps even decades, whereas the “blues” normally lasts for only a few days.
Not all episodes of depression are the same, even with the same person. One episode may be characterized by feeling way down emotionally with daily bouts of weeping; another episode may be characterized by poor sleep, emotional numbness and/or an inability to complete a simple task or project.
Depression is caused by several factors, both physiological and environmental.
Physiological causes include an imbalance of neurotransmitters that affect how we feel. These include:
- Serotonin – contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness.
- Dopamine – what we feel when we experience pleasure.
- Norepinephrine – necessary for managing stress and anxiety.
Environmental factors include problems such as:
- Loss of a loved one
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Behavioral factors may contribute to depression, such as:
- Alcohol and/or drug abuse
- Breaking the law
What about when someone becomes hugely successful in his career and has it all– power, money, toys – yet feels hollow inside? While failure is often a factor in depression, successful people also suffer from depression.
The good news is that depression is treatable. Everyone’s brain is different and therefore one should not expect a “cure” within a specific amount of time. The medical team at Arrowhead Lodge Recovery will determine what treatment is needed and for how long.
- Pharmacological – these include antidepressants that support the proper balance of neurotransmitters within the brain; if indicated.
- Nutritional – what you eat is often how you feel! Find a nutritionist who can provide a diet that supports recovery.
- Exercise – The brain requires the oxygen and blood flow that only exercise can provide. It should be a regular practice, every day, if possible, to help mitigate symptoms of depression.
- Mindfulness Training– Mindfulness works to help one stay present where we are okay. When we dwell in the past or in the future is when we experience fear and anxiety.
- Meditation – Meditation helps restore normal brain functioning, something the ancients have known for ages, but that science is just recently begun to validate through research. Seek out a meditation class, get a book, download an audio file, podcast or look up and on-line meditation practice and start meditating today! Even if it’s only for a few seconds – do it!
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery’s addiction and depression treatment has helped many men with depression (or with one form or another of a depressive disorder) recover from the sense of emptiness, hopelessness, darkness and more. We combine effective pharmacological medications (when indicated) with evidence-based therapeutic interventions.
Our addiction and depression treatment program includes:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Individual and group therapy
- Mindfulness Training
- Exercise and fitness
- Community model
Questions? Contact Arrowhead Lodge Recovery 888-654-2800
Looking for a place close to the healing elements of nature and away from the hustle of city living?
Contact Arrowhead Lodge Recovery men’s addiction recovery center in Prescott, Arizona for more information – and to start your journey to Addiction Recovery.
Your confidentiality is assured when you contact us; speak personally and privately with Executive Director Dr. Kenneth Chance at (888) 654-2800.
If we cannot help you at our addiction rehab, we will refer you to an organization that can.