Depression

WHAT IS IT?

Depression 

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.

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.


TREATMENT FOR CO-OCCURING DEPRESSION AND ADDICTION

People with mental health problems often turn to substances to self-medicate against depression symptoms. However, alcohol and drugs typically aggravate symptoms of depression and produce additional health issues. Like other co-occurring disorders, depression and substances create a vicious, downward cycle that is nearly impossible to stop without treatment. Only through a co-occurring disorder program can a person prevent the resurfacing of these conditions. For this reason, it is important that people find a co-occurring disorder program that focuses on both depression and substance use disorder so they can have the tools and support they need to discover a new life that is free from depression and addiction.

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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