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What is Depression?

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders experienced by individuals today. Unfortunately, many of those who suffer from depression turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to relieve themselves of the negative thoughts and feelings that depression causes. While some of these substances may alter the mindset of the individual consuming them for a time, after the effects of the substance wear off, the individual will still feel the symptoms of their depression. After symptoms of depression return, individuals may continue to regularly abuse drugs or alcohol in order to alleviate these symptoms, often resulting in instances of addiction. Over time, drug or alcohol addiction can actually increase symptoms of depression, which can be detrimental. Entering into dual-diagnosis treatment is the best option an addicted person has to treat both their drug or alcohol dependence as well as their co-occurring mental health disorder. 

The Effects Of Depression On The Mind

Depression affects each and every person differently, though there are many common symptoms of the condition. Depression can be characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. Individuals who suffer from depression may feel that their life does not matter, and they typically lose interest in social and extracurricular activities they previously enjoyed. Those who have depression will often feel that they have no energy or are always tired, leading to an increase in sleep. Slowed movement is also a sign of depression, where a person behaves almost as though they are moving in slow motion. Depression can cause issues when it comes to decision-making, as well as difficulty concentrating or thinking. Changes in appetite are also sometimes connected to depression, with depressed individuals rapidly losing or gaining weight. Symptoms of depression are experienced over a number of weeks or months and can worsen over time, leading to suicidal thoughts or ideations. 

Getting Help With Depression and Substance Abuse

Dual-diagnosis treatment centers are fully equipped to help clients address both their addiction and any mental health disorders they may have, such as depression. Addiction treatment centers, like the one here at First Steps Recovery, are staffed by knowledgeable and experienced therapists and medical professionals who are dedicated to helping clients correctly address their mental health conditions and overcome their substance abuse issues. 

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From our certified therapists and nurses to our emotional support animal "Cooper", our entire team is dedicated to the health and success of our clients throughout our program and beyond.

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Variety of Co-Occurring Mental Health Treatments We Offer

We treat a variety of different substance abuse and mental health issues at our facilities. Whether you find yourself or a loved one addicted to substance abuse or struggling with mental health disorders, we’re fully equipped to provide you with the help you need.

ADHD, or ADD, is a common neurodevelopmental disorder with attention and impulse control difficulties that can lead to substance abuse. Treatment with therapy and medication is crucial.

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Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorder is a mental health condition characterized by excessive and persistent feelings of fear, worry, and apprehension that can significantly impact a person's daily life.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings, including episodes of mania (elevated mood and energy) and depression (low mood and loss of interest).

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Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent sadness, loss of interest, and other emotional and physical symptoms

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Eating Disorder

An eating disorder is a mental health condition characterized by abnormal eating habits. Getting help is important to address physical and psychological health risks, improve quality of life, and promote recovery.

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Personality Disorders

Personality disorder is a mental health condition characterized by unhealthy patterns of thinking, behaving, and relating to others. Getting help is crucial to improve relationships, coping skills, and overall well-being.

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PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)/Trauma disorder is a mental healtah condition resulting from experiencing or witnessing traumatic events. Getting help is important to process trauma, reduce symptoms, and improve overall quality of life.

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Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. Getting help is vital to manage symptoms, improve functioning, and enhance overall quality of life.

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Experiential Therapies & Evidence-Based Modalities in Fresno County

You’ll find we aren’t like typical addiction recovery programs here at First Steps Recovery. We have a variety of different therapies and on-site services that set us apart.

Clinical Therapies

Our detoxification program features 24-hour monitoring and professional guidance from licensed detox technicians.
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Experiential Therapies

A highly individualized treatment experience designed for lasting sobriety using evidence-bsed and holistic treatment options.
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Holistic Therapies

Our IOP offers individuals the ability to receive the high-quality, personalized level care of our rehab, but the flexibility to continue their daily lives.
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Aftercare Services

Individuals in the alumni program are invited to stay connected for meetings, events, and resources that are intended specifically for First Steps graduates.
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First Choice for Drug & Alcohol Detox in Fresno County

Learn why people choose to start their recovery at First Steps Recovery in Clovis, Fresno County.


My experience with First Steps and their entire team has not only helped me to gain sobriety but maintain it now for knots 18 months. The 24 or so days I spent there was the best thing that happened. My kids have their mom, the parents have their daughter but most importantly I have myself back!!

Dayatra L.

Amazing Experience

Amazing people. Super supportive and always there when you need them. My counselor, Amanda, makes it fun but also takes you to uncomfortable places in the best way. I recommend First Steps to anyone struggling with addiction.

Melissa B.

Above and Beyond

I attended First Steps outpatient program and was very happy with the help I received. I felt the staff genuinely cared about the health and well being of the people there. They went above and beyond to help me meet my goals and keep them.

Bruce G.

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First Steps Recovery is an in-network provider with most insurances! Regardless of where you live, our skilled and compassionate drug treatment counselors in Fresno can help you and your family get the help you need to get on the road to recovery.