Alternative Depression Treatment Program

What Causes Depression?

The professionals at The Sanctuary at Sedona understand that depression can consume a life. It depletes your mental, emotional and physical energy; fills you with painful thoughts and feelings, and appears so inescapable at times that you wonder if life is even worth living. Depression can last for years or decades with seemingly no hope of change.

Depression is often attributed to a chemical imbalance in the brain. This is old science. New cutting edge scientific evidence proves depression is a symptom that results in a chemical imbalance in the brain. What causes depression is unresolved trauma and/or physical imbalances such as inflammation of the gut.

While medication can be helpful as a short-term intervention, it has unfortunately become a lifestyle for many. It is now estimated, for example, that 1-in-10 Americans take an anti-depressant. You are certainly not alone if you have heard the phrase, “You will be on medication for the rest of your life.” The problem, however, is that all medication has side effects and one must weigh the costs vs. the benefits of any medication taken. Also, the chronic use of medication for depression suggests that there is something wrong with the brain and the brain cannot come into balance on its own. Medication alone does not resolve the underlying causes of depression for everyone and that’s why our alternative treatment center for depression is here to help.

Is There a Link between Substance Use, Pharmaceuticals, and Depression

The experts at our holistic depression treatment center in Sedona, AZ know that research points to depression and addiction being strongly linked. They are common co-occurring conditions and many people have struggled for years with both. Each condition contributes to the severity of the other and when one is untreated, or only partially resolved, it can trigger a relapse of the other. Recent research tells us that the relationship between depression and addiction occurs on many levels. Some of these links include:

  • Depressed people are at high risk for using substances
  • Addicted people are at high risk for depression
  • Stress, especially chronic stress, appears to trigger both
  • The same specific brain functions become deficient in both conditions (memory, concentration, learning, mood regulation)
  • Depression and addiction decrease the brain’s natural ability to grow new cells (neurogenesis) needed for healthy functioning
  • Specific alterations in the brain’s structure are found in both addiction and depression (decreased size of the hippocampus responsible for stress and mood regulation, learning and memory; poor nerve cell growth and functioning)(2,3,4,5)
  • People who abuse alcohol are twice as likely to develop depression as those who do not.
  • Marijuana users are four times more likely to develop depression than non-users.
  • The longer opiates are used, the greater the occurrence of depression, with risk starting early in use and escalating quickly.
  • Stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine have well-known depressive effects between periods of use and in early abstinence because they deplete the brain’s natural mood elevating chemistry.

When it comes to fighting depression, prevent substance use and pharmaceutical use and enroll at our holistic depression treatment center in Sedona, AZ to start a program that works.

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Changing the Brain in Recovery

The Integrative Depression Recovery program we have developed and offer at our alternative treatment center for depression makes use of new research in neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to change. New nerve cell growth, neural connections, and neurological functioning can be strengthened to reverse the effects of depression and addiction. A holistic recovery plan that includes an array of methods such as nutrition, exercise, medication, counseling, meditation, and body work facilitate this healing.

Sustainable Recovery for Depression

The Sanctuary’s Integrative Depression Recovery program at our holistic depression treatment center in Sedona, AZ offers you a non 12 Step recovery program that addresses addiction and depression simultaneously. We work with you to heal the underlying causes of both conditions to improve the quality of your life through a full and sustainable recovery. We provide:

  • A Strong Clinical Component — our staff to client ratio is 1:1—virtually unheard of in addiction recovery. This gives you highly individualized care with far more clinical contact hours than the majority of addiction recovery centers provide. Additionally, individual sessions account for about 90% of your sessions and you will see two therapists per day.

  • Our Small Size – at our holistic depression treatment we work with no more than 7 clients at a time. This allows us to give you intensive and individualized attention in a highly private setting. It also evokes feelings of trust and connection to the staff and other clients, giving you the support and psychological safety you need to be successful. (Learn more about our setting in picturesque, Sedona, Arizona.)

  • Integrated, Holistic Approach – we have assembled a team of highly-skilled practitioners who are well respected in their fields. They have expertise in many disciplines including nutrition, bodywork, acupuncture, herbalism, Energy Medicine, Functional Medicine, psychology, and psychiatry. They work together to understand you and your needs holistically. They establish an ever-evolving treatment plan that is modified each and every day as you progress and your needs change.

  • Finding the Core Issues — our holistic depression treatment center helps you identify and address the underlying root causes of your alcohol addiction. These may be unresolved trauma; depression; anxiety; anger; codependency; or feelings of emptiness, betrayal, or abandonment, for example. We believe that addiction is not the ‘chronic, incurable, and relapsing disease’ that traditional recovery models have believed in. We also believe that addiction can be cured and that you can be fully recovered when the root causes of your addiction are healed.

  • A Sustainable Recovery — as you work through our alternative treatment program for depression, you learn techniques and skills that become a way of life so that you can sustain a full recovery. Relapse is no longer an issue when you heal at the deep level of root causes; you won’t need drugs to feel better anymore. You experience a fundamental shift in the neural pathways of the brain that brings about a deep and sustainable transformation. You become empowered, enlivened, and free of your addiction—feeling connected to others and the world again. With this fundamental and healing shift, passion, a sense of purpose, and meaning return. Employing the practices you learn with us, you can continue a full and sustainable recovery.

If you would like to talk with us more about our depression program and non 12 step methods, please contact The Sanctuary at Sedona, a holistic depression treatment center nestled in Sedona, AZ.

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