Treating Depression and Substance Abuse

Depression and Substance Abuse 2017-09-19T13:57:22+00:00

recovering from addiction and depressionDepression is one of the most common mental health disorders in America today. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that roughly 40 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety or depression. However, the number could be greater because many individuals may not seek treatment for depression.

In addition to being one of the most common mental health disorders, depression is also one of the most misunderstood. At any given time, humans experience a range of emotions from happiness to sadness. Depression is not simply feeling sad; it’s experiencing a range of physical and mental symptoms that make it impossible to lead a normal and healthy life.

For those who suffer from depression, it’s also common to turn to drugs or alcohol to mask the symptoms. While this may seem to work, alcohol and drugs only increase the symptoms of depression and create an environment for substance abuse and addiction that requires professional treatment to get through.

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What are the Signs of Depression?

If you have a bad day now and then, it may not be depression. Depression is a mental disorder that is characterized by long periods of feeling despondent and dejected. Those who suffer from depression have difficulty enjoying regular activities. Some other symptoms of depression include:

  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much.
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Feeling of hopelessness.
  • Reduced energy.
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or activities.
  • Body pain or achiness.
  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • Restlessness and anxiety.

Experiencing these symptoms for an extended period of time often points to depression.

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How does Depression Lead to Substance Abuse?

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As a chronic illness, depression is likely to foster addictive behavior. This is especially true when you consider the symptoms of depression. Feeling despondent, hopeless, having trouble sleeping, and other symptoms are all often masked by the use of drugs or alcohol.

The issue with this is that once a person starts using drugs and alcohol to deal with depression, they become addicted and start relying on these substances on a regular basis. In reality, self-medicating with drugs and alcohol won’t help depression, they actually worsen the symptoms and cause individuals to enter a downward spiral where they try to use more substances to help.

Depression is also often a secondary illness to other issues such as bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, and more, which means those with depression are even more likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol and seek a substance abuse treatment program.

Types of Depression

When it comes to categorizing depression, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America recognizes three main types. These types all have similar symptoms and identifying signs. However, there are a few key differences that set them apart.

Bipolar

This is probably the most commonly known form of depression. Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of mania followed by periods of intense depression. Also described, as high-highs and low-lows, bipolar is a dangerous form of depression that can result in rash decision-making, inappropriate social behavior, and risky behavior. The shift between mania and depression can happen suddenly or gradually depending on the person.

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)

An individual suffering from PDD can often seem like a negative thinker or pessimistic person. PDD is less intense than other forms of depression, but it has a negative impact on a person’s life nonetheless. Those with PDD are easily irritated, over-critical and have low self-confidence and difficulty making decisions. In most cases, periods of PDD last about two years.

Major Depression

Major depression is diagnosed when a person is experiencing five or more symptoms of depression for a period of two weeks or longer. It’s not as simple as feeling sad for a day or two. Major depression makes it almost impossible to lead a normal life since activities such as work, school, or hobbies become unbearable. With each unique case, major depression is different. Some may experience it suddenly as a result of trauma or loss, while others will struggle with it for their entire lives.

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How to Spot Addiction?

The signs of alcohol addiction are very similar to the signs of depression. If you experience any of the following symptoms or you notice these symptoms in a loved one, it may be time to consider professional alcohol abuse rehab:

  • Thinking friends or loved ones won’t love the real you.
  • Engaging in risky behavior such as drinking and driving.
  • Getting into trouble with the law.
  • Hiding or lying about your drug or alcohol use.
  • Missing out on work or school because of drugs or alcohol.
  • Feeling withdrawal symptoms if you do not use drugs or alcohol for a period of time.

To learn more about addiction and how to spot it, contact us today.

How to Treat Depression and Substance Abuse

If you have a bad day now and then, it may not be depression. Depression is a mental disorder that is characterized by long periods of feeling despondent and dejected. Those who suffer from depression have difficulty enjoying regular activities. Some other symptoms of depression include:

  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much.
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
  • Feeling of hopelessness.
  • Reduced energy.
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or activities.
  • Body pain or achiness.
  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • Restlessness and anxiety.

Experiencing these symptoms for an extended period of time often points to depression.

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What to Expect from the Holistic Approach

At Beachway Therapy Center, we use a holistic approach to treatment that includes treating the mind, body, and soul of the client. Unique treatment plans and nutritional guidance help clients move past their depression and addiction issues. By addressing the underlying causes of addiction and depression, we can prepare clients for a successful and healthy sober life ahead.

Some of our most popular treatments include equine therapy, art and drama therapy, faith-based healing, nutritional counseling and more. We focus on the overall wellbeing of our clients by also encouraging participation in group therapy sessions and physical activity.

Once treatment is complete, our clients move into a personalized aftercare program that consists of steps and provisions to prevent relapse and ensure a successful transition back into the real world. We equip our clients with healthy ways to cope with triggers so they can lead happy and healthy lives.

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End the Cycle of Depression & Addiction with Rehab Treatment

Substance abuse and addiction only feed depression and vice versa. Put an end to the cycle today with compassionate and results-driven rehab treatment from professionals who are trained and experienced in handling dual diagnosis cases.

Whether you’re worried about a loved one or you simply want to get your life on track, the experts at Beachway Therapy Center can help. Call today to speak with one of our counselors

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