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. 

Drug and Alcohol Aftercare Programs

If you have been through a drug rehab program, you may be wondering what to do next. There are various aftercare options when it comes to drug and alcohol treatment. Getting sober is not one step but a series of steps you must continue to take to stay on the right path.

Upon completing an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, the following steps should be taken to help ensure that you stay focused on your sobriety:

Outpatient drug and alcohol treatment is ideal for someone who has previously completed a higher level of care. It generally includes clinical groups that address the underlying issues that are associated with addictive behavior and relapse prevention, as well as individual therapy sessions.

Sober living is strongly recommended for anyone who has completed drug and alcohol treatment at an inpatient facility. Addiction is insanity and chaos. Sober living allows men and women to regain a sense of structure and accountability. They provide a safe and supportive atmosphere that is geared towards recovery. For some, it is easier to do the right thing when they are surrounded by others who are doing the right thing.

  • Attend 12 Step Meetings

Attending daily 12 Step meetings is crucial when it comes to building a strong foundation in your recovery. 12 Step meetings provide an opportunity to connect with other addicts and alcoholics and build a strong sober support network. It is also a way to get involved in the recovery community. This includes service opportunities as well as the chance to participate in fun sober events, like AA and NA dances or barbeques.

  • Get a Sponsor

Finding sponsor is an another extremely important step in your recovery process. Drug and alcohol rehab facilities help you through the most vulnerable time in your sobriety. They prepare for the changes and adjustments that come with putting down drugs and alcohol. However, the work must continue once you leave treatment. Getting a sponsor and working the steps with him/her is what allows you to sustain your recovery.

There is a Solution is a treatment referral service that assists men and women struggling with drug and alcohol issues. We work with clients in need of various levels of care—detox, inpatient drug and alcohol rehab, partial hospitalization programs (PHP), intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), sober living and one-on-one drug counseling.

Don’t wait to get the help you need—call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.