Depression and Drug Addiction
Every living being will have normal periods of feeling blue. Sadness, lack of motivation and fatigue may be experienced. Sometimes, the result of a life event such as the death of a family member or friend, the discovery of a health problem, financial difficulties or loss of a job bring on a period of depression. Such life events are intense and can be physically and emotionally stressful. Difficulties pursuing normal daily routines with vigor can be expected. In such cases, depression is an acceptable, expected response.
However, when these uncomfortable feelings become debilitating and interfere with one’s ability to function on any level, a person needs interventions. The feelings reflecting severe states of depression (see mood disorders) include but are not limited to:
- Lack of drive
- Lack of appetite
- Feelings of shame
- Low self-esteem
- Inability to sleep
- Persistent aches and pains
- Suicidal thoughts
Studies illustrate the interconnectedness between depression and substance abuse. According to a recent study (Substance Abuse and Depression) published in the American Psychological Association Journal (2013): The incidents of depression among women suffering from substance abuse and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) were 19% versus the national average of 8% (those with just MDD and no substance abuse). The incidents of MDD and substance abuse among men were also higher than the national average but not as high as that percentage among women.
Sometimes the onset of depression results from drug and alcohol abuse. Successful recovery from depression and substance abuse requires addressing the core issues and both conditions must be treated simultaneously. Treatment Alternatives regularly helps individuals suffering from substance abuse and depressive disorders recover. We are able to assist from the first step, a medical detox, all the way through every phase of treatment and offer structured monitored sober living houses when needed.
You can recover, and you can live a life free of substance abuse and the darkness of depression.