Rehab: For More Than Just Addiction
These days, addiction isn’t the only reason to attend a rehab facility. Often addiction results from self medication for other problems. Mood disorders, anxiety, trauma are all problems that cause many to seek drugs or alcohol in an attempt to relieve symptoms. Unfortunately alcohol and drugs never relieve symptoms, they only exacerbate real problems. Yet addiction is a problem that can only be treated if the initial problems are also addressed. There is little success in treating addiction without also treating the depression or anxiety that triggered the addiction.
More and more attention is being focused on emotional health. What used to be taboo to discuss and neatly swept under the rug so to speak, is now more openly discussed. However, many may still fear the stigma associated with emotional disorders. Rather than admit to struggling with depression and seeking healthy treatment options, many turn to alcohol and drugs. Awareness about emotional health may help to encourage healthy treatment options.
Over recent years much attention has been brought to the subject of postpartum depression by courageous celebrity women who have battled the disease. Brooke Shields has spoken openly in an attempt to help women understand the disease and feel comfortable seeking treatment. Hayden Panettiere announced in October that she too will seek treatment for postpartum depression. She has openly struggled with postpartum depression since the birth of her first child last year. Her character on Nashville is also battling a severe case of postpartum depression. Hopefully this too will bring awareness to the reality of the disease.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Courteney Cox are also celebrities that have openly struggled with postpartum depression and have spoken out for awareness and treatment. The more women that understand the reality of the disease and that they are not alone, the more chances that more women can be treated in a healthy and productive way without turning to alcohol and drugs.
In an interview with US magazine, Panettiere mentioned that she had been unaware of the vast spectrum that is postpartum depression. Many people may hear stories about mothers wanting to harm their children and think that they must experience the same symptoms for it to be postpartum depression. She said, “But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.” Education on the broad spectrum of what entails postpartum depression will help women recognize what is happening in their lives.
Many women experience postpartum depression after having a baby. Symptoms usually start within the first few weeks of having the baby, but can begin as many as six months after. These symptoms are more intense than just sadness and can persist. Without treatment, these symptoms can last for several months or longer. Symptoms include:
Difficulty bonding with baby
Withdrawing from family and friends
Loss of appetite
Sleeping too much
Reduced interest in hobbies
Feelings of worthlessness
Thoughts of suicide
Thoughts of harming baby
Every women will not experience the same symptoms in the same way. As Panettiere expressed, there is a broad spectrum of experience.
Where to Get Help
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important to get professional health. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor or call us at Origins of Hope. We understand that many women experience other conditions simultaneously with addiction, and we have the resources and training to help women overcome mood disorders, trauma and anxiety as well as addiction. Call us and discuss your treatment options today.
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