Jan Taylor Aug 12, 17 Today, Major Depression Disorder (MDD), also called unipolar depression, affects more than 14 million Americans annually. Depression is now the leading cause of disability in the US, and mortality rate (suicide) for adults with untreated or under-treated depression is between 15-20%. Likewise, a 2013 report listed suicide as the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. Self medicating the feeling of depression with drugs and/or alcohol is the beginning of addiction. Unfortunately the casual drink to “escape” becomes a routine and as time passes it takes more to get that feeling of “escape”. At Bayshore Retreat we treat the whole person with our non-12step program. It’s important to get to the root of the addiction and address the depression issues that can be the catalyst. Our master level counseling and life skills coaching with only six (6) clients at a time make a difference in the results. Call any time, we’re here to help you or a loved one beat addiction and deal with depression in a healthy way.