Depression is a significant complicating factor in recovery from substance use disorders. Nearly all substance abusers show significant depression in the first several weeks of recovery. In most cases, the depression quickly subsides. Others, however, suffer from serious bouts of depression throughout their recovery.
Fortunately, the recovery plans for addiction and depression are closely related. Many of the things that help people stay comfortably sober also help them manage their depression. This means that a recovery plan that meets the needs of both addiction and depression can be developed. If a person is already in recovery from addiction, this is good news. They already know and have practiced many of the recovery skills needed to manage depression. All they need to do is learn the few additional techniques that are outlined in this home study course.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this home study course, the participant will be able to:
- Identify substance induced depression, situation depression in sobriety, or co-occurring depressive illness.
- Explain risk and protective factors associated with depression and addiction.
- Explain the biopsychosocial model of depression and the self reinforcement cycle of depression and substance abuse.
- Utilize assessment tools and presenting problem analysis.
- Review treatment options, including, psychotherapy, medication management, cognitive therapy, and patient education.
- Teach clients effective management strategies to manage depression and avoid relapse.
- Develop a recovery plan for depression and relapse, including the importance of family and social support networks.