Addiction and DepressionHeal from Addiction While Treating Depression
It’s Time to Feel Better
You may feel like you’re all alone, but you’re not. More than 30% of people with mood disorders, including depression, also experience substance use disorders. Whether you or a loved one started drinking alcohol or using drugs to deal with depression symptoms or substance use is causing depression, it’s time to feel better.It’s time to:
- Detox from alcohol or drugs in a safe environment where you’re as comfortable as possible
- Discover and heal from the cause of depression and its symptoms
- Begin healing your mind and body, so you feel better mentally and physically
- Learn how to cope with stressors and avoid triggers to continue sobriety
- Stop living under the dark cloud of depression and regain control of your life
- Live authentically and with purpose
If you’re experiencing addiction and depression, it’s time to seek professional help. Shadow Mountain Recovery can help you stop substance use and heal your mental health.
Experiencing Addiction and Depression
When you have addiction and depression simultaneously, it’s called a “co-occurring disorder.” The term means that two mental health issues are happening at the same time. Co-occurring disorders are quite common, with an estimated one in nine people experiencing them. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the world, which means it often co-occurs. Experts estimate that about a third of the people with depression also have a substance use disorder.
Depression and addiction are prevalent together. People with depression might use alcohol or other substances to self-medicate — to cope with the symptoms. This substance use provides temporary relief, but since it doesn’t last, the person feels drawn to repeat the behavior. They begin needing increasingly more of the substance to get the same results. That’s how addiction forms. Soon, they start having negative consequences of substance use and try to stop but find they can’t.
It’s also common for people with addiction to experience depression. Using substances can trigger loneliness, sadness, and hopelessness, which are emotions associated with depression.
Other symptoms of depression include:
- Loss of interest in usually enjoyable activities
- Insomnia or oversleeping
- Extreme sadness
- Energy loss
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Excessive crying
- Social isolation
If left untreated, depression won’t go away. It can ruin relationships, result in financial issues, and cause problems functioning day-to-day. People with depression also are at higher risk of suicide. But depression and addiction are treatable. In many cases, detox treatment may be the first step.
Detoxification and Depression Treatment at Shadow Mountain Recovery
At Shadow Mountain Recovery, we understand that everyone’s path to addiction and depression is slightly different, and what it takes to heal will vary. That’s why we provide individualized treatment plans to address your unique situation and symptoms.
Your treatment likely will start with detoxification to remove harmful substances from your body in a safe, controlled space. If necessary, medical detox can provide the proper supervision by professionals, medication assistance when dealing with withdrawal symptoms, and a safe place free from temptations.
As you free your body of substances, you begin working with a mental health professional to treat depression. Depression is treated with a combination of talk therapy, antidepressants, and therapy through experiences like yoga or journaling. The best way to treat depression typically is a combination of approaches. One of our trained mental health professionals will help you determine what will work best for you, and your team will guide you through treatment, helping you discover the root causes of your depression and how to alleviate symptoms.
Start Recovery Now
Shadow Mountain Recovery Centers provide safe, effective treatment for people with co-occurring disorders, including addiction and depression. Our programs pair compassionate mental health professionals with the research-based treatments and safe environment necessary for recovery.
If you’re ready to commit to recovery and healing, we’re here to help. We accept most major insurances because we never want finances to get in the way of you getting the treatment you deserve. Our admissions specialists are ready to walk you through the process to start your treatment.