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Depression and Addiction

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Depression and addiction

Depression is a very common disorder found in those dealing with substance abuse. While underlying depression may lead some to begin using drugs and alcohol in order to cope, these substances also trigger and magnify the effects of depression. Research shows that nearly 40% of individuals who are diagnosed with severe depression also have issues with drugs or alcohol. In order to achieve true and lasting recovery, you can not only treat the addiction; you must also treat the depression. Failure to do so will most likely result in relapse.

Substance addictions we treat

There are many forms of addiction and every individual is different. At BriteLife, we understand that a traditional, templated treatment approach will not work. Regardless of your substance-abuse situation, our staff develops customized plans using various methods to provide each client with the care, knowledge and tools they need to achieve long-term sobriety. We also diagnose and treat any co-occurring mental health disorders that may be present, as this is vital for truly overcoming substance abuse.

  • Alcoholism
  • Benzodiazepine
  • Meth
  • Crack
  • Opioids
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Prescription Drugs
Why it's important

A critical step in your recovery

Depression is a very common disorder found in those dealing with substance abuse. While underlying depression may lead some to begin using drugs and alcohol in order to cope, these substances also trigger and magnify the effects of depression. Research shows that nearly 40% of individuals who are diagnosed with severe depression also have issues with drugs or alcohol. In order to achieve true and lasting recovery, you can not only treat the addiction; you must also treat the depression. Failure to do so will most likely result in relapse.

Far too often, individuals with depression suffer in silence. The longer it goes on, the deeper they fall into the darkness. Out of desperation, many turn to drugs and alcohol. The temporary relief they get from these substances eventually leads to greater use and dependency.

There are warning signs associated with both addiction and depression, and it’s important to address these symptoms as quickly as possible to get the necessary help and achieve the best outcome possible.

If you or somebody you know is experiencing the following symptoms, they may be suffering from depression and should consider a treatment program like the one offered at BriteLife Recovery:

• Lack of interest in social activities or hobbies
• Loss or deterioration of personal relationships
• Isolation
• Change in sleeping patterns
• Irritability

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