Depression and Addiction

Studies have shown that those who suffer from a mental illness are significantly more likely to use drugs and alcohol to the point that it becomes a problem. Rates of depression are 3 to 4 times higher in the addicted population. If an individual is struggling with depression, he or she may find it easier to turn to drinking or using instead of seeking professional help. This can be dangerous as they are at a higher risk for developing a substance abuse problem. And if they already are depressed, alcohol and drugs will in fact exacerbate the depression. If you suspect that you may be struggling with depression and addiction, call 1-800-832-5250.

If you are still actively using, it can be difficult to determine if your depression is a result of your use or an underlying cause of your use.  Prolonged use of drugs has the potential to affect neurological changes in the brain resulting in a depressive state. It is necessary to remove the drugs from the equation in order to make a proper diagnosis. So many of the symptoms of addiction and depression overlap:

  • Disturbed sleep  (insomnia or sleeping all the time)
  • Constant fatigue/lack of energy
  • Feeling of worthlessness and shame
  • High risk behaviors
  • Suicidal Ideation

Risk factors for addiction parallel risk factors for depression. These may be social, environmental and genetic factors.

Dual Diagnosis treatment refers to the process of treating both the mental illness and the addiction concurrently. Getting support for both illnesses is part of a comprehensive treatment process. Individuals suffering from depression who attempt to work a program of recovery for their substance abuse issues but neglect to get help for their underlying issues will experience greater difficulty remaining sober and have higher relapse rates. If you decide to enter into a drug treatment program, you will work with a team of addictions specialists including board certified psychiatrists, licensed therapists and certified addictions counselors. Treatment consists of individual therapy sessions, clinical groups and, if necessary, medication. A multimodal approach is the best way to approach the treatment process and allows for the creation of an individualized recovery program.

There is a Solution is a treatment placement service. We work with a number of dual diagnosis treatment centers that specialize in treating addiction alongside psychiatric illness. Depending on the level of care you require, we can recommend the best facility for your needs. To learn more about how we can help you and your family, call 1-800-832-5250.