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Addiction and Depression

Addiction and Depression

What do you need to know about addiction and depression?

First, it is very common for someone with one mental health disorder have another one, otherwise known as a co-occurring disorder, and depression and substance abuse often go hand-in-hand.

Sometimes it’s a chicken-or-the-egg question in terms of which comes first, but if you exhibit symptoms like having a difficult time accomplishing your daily tasks due to your depression or addiction, or you use your substance abuse to “medicate” your depression, it’s time to seek help.

It is important to find a treatment program that specializes in co-occurring disorders and that will treat them both at the same time.

Since both are negative coping mechanisms, treating one without addressing the other can cause you to swap one poor coping skill for the other. Addressing both issues simultaneously gives you the best chance for a lasting recovery, but it is important to anticipate that you will engage in some sort of treatment or therapy for a long time as you learn a new way to live.

The need for drug rehab due to a dual issue with both alcohol and/or drug addiction and depression is exceedingly common. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 53 percent of people addicted to a substance other than alcohol also had a co-occurring mental health disorder and 37 percent of alcoholics seeking treatment required care for a mental health issue as well.

Do you or does someone you love need treatment for addiction and depression?

We can help you find an the best private inpatient or outpatient drug rehab that can help you heal. Call today to begin – and end – your search for high-end drug addiction treatment.

How Do You Know if You Need Drug Rehab for Addiction and Depression?

One of the hardest things to do is to take an objective look at yourself, especially when it comes to accurately determining where you are in the evolution of your use of addictive drugs. Here are a few questions to ask yourself that may help you decide whether or not you need drug rehab for addiction and depression:

  • Have your family and friends expressed concern about your use of alcohol or drugs or the changes they’ve seen in your habits due to your depression?
  • Does depression or addiction stop you from doing things you want to do – either on a day-to-day basis or on a larger scale?
  • Have you ever tried to stop using your drug of choice or “pull yourself out” of your depression but been unable to do so?
  • Do you feel suicidal?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, drug rehab can help you begin the healing process. If you are having suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately.

Signs of Depression

You can struggle with mild, moderate or severe depression and the symptoms of each will vary, as will their intensity. Some of the most common include:

  • Intense fatigue
  • Physical issues like muscle aches or headaches
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Eating too much or not at all
  • Irritability
  • Disinterest in anything


In many cases, depression is the primary or underlying disorder. Patients who are uncomfortable with feelings of sadness or have a lack of interest in socializing may turn to alcohol or drugs in order to “medicate” those feelings. Does it work? Not really. Though the initial effects of the drugs may feel positive, the ultimate addiction, increased tolerance, and physical health issues end up worsening the symptoms of depression.

Signs of Addiction

Every drug will have different signs of use and chronic abuse or addiction, but in general, those who are struggling with drug dependence will exhibit:

  • Financial problems
  • Health problems
  • Inability to keep up with commitments at home, school or work
  • Frequent interpersonal issues with close family members and friends
  • Issues with lying and stealing

Dual Diagnosis Rehab

The existence of both an addiction to drugs or alcohol and a mental health disorder like depression usually requires treatment that respects the strength of both issues and incorporates treatment for both simultaneously – dual diagnosis rehab does just that. According to the National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, the mental health disorder often comes before substance abuse, but in some cases, mental health issues can be the result of chronic, long-term drug abuse. Either way, treating the symptoms of both at the same time will reduce relapse and encourage long-term recovery.

Would you like to find a dual diagnosis rehab that can help you heal? Call now to get started.

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