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The Link Between Drug Addiction and Depression
Drug addiction and depression are both considered mental illnesses. Drugs change the way chemicals in the brain work. Depression changes how your brain functions. Together, they may make you a different person from the person you used to know.
Substance abuse is common for people suffering from depression. Substance abuse is a way to self-medicate symptoms of despair and anger. Some individuals may look to cocaine, heroin or prescription pills like OxyContin to mask the depression. The drug use, in turn, can lead to deeper depression. The depression can spiral, causing you to take more pills or take them more often.
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The First Steps to Stoping Drug Addiction and Depression
The first steps to finding a solution to your addiction is to identify the underlying issues. Aid in Recovery may be able to help. For possible clarification on depression, please answer the following questions:
• Do you hate your life?
• Do you wish you could be or do something else?
• Do you struggle to find joy in your everyday life?
• Do you sleep too much or too little?
• Do you lack energy for everyday tasks?
• Do you feel a lot of anger or anxiety, irritability or sadness?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be suffering from depression.
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Getting Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Drug Abuse and Depression
If you think you may be suffering from depression and drug addiction, seeking help is the first step to recovery and regaining control of your life. Medical and clinical professionals have a term for people who have both depression and an addiction or substance abuse disorder. It is called a Dual Diagnosis; which can be a combination of mental disorders (like depression) and addiction (like drugs, alcohol.)
One key to a successful recovery is treating both the depression and the drug addiction at the same time. Network drug rehab centers use an individualized, evidence-based treatment program that is developed based on individual levels of drug use and depression. Not everyone is the same, and treatment should not be either. Staff look at each person’s unique history and create an addiction treatment program that meets your specific needs.
One call to our addiction toll free line to discuss your situation, and we will take care of the rest. Our team of representatives will call and work with your insurance company for you. We can find the treatment options at the lowest cost to you. Then we will assist in finding right dual diagnosis treatment center for you.
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What Causes Depression
Depression can relate to a chemical imbalance within the brain, which often results in feelings of lethargy, sadness, and hopelessness. The timing of events is almost impossible to discern which came first – the depression or the substance abuse as the one may lead to the other.
Using drugs to escape the depression can lead to a deeper depression and continued drug use.
What can be Done to Address Depression
If you think you may be suffering from depression, the best course of action is to see a medical professional for a proper diagnosis. For mild depression or states of anxiety, a simple prescription of anti-depressants can help to restore serotonin flow to the brain, thereby improving mood disorders and restore brain function to normal. By rectifying the chemical imbalance in the brain, both depression and substance abuse problems can be treated at the same time.
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Accepting that there is a problem is the hardest part. During your treatment, you may learn the triggers of your depression and tools you can use to manage your emotions before it becomes overwhelming.
If you think a friend or family member may be depressed or abusing drugs, remember that this is a mental illness over which they have no control. It is important to be supportive and offer to help to get them into a treatment program.
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