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The Link Between Drug Addiction and Depression
Drug addiction and depression are both mental illnesses. Drugs change the way your brain works. Depression changes how your brain functions. Together, they make you a different person.
Substance abuse is common for people suffering from depression. It is a way to self-medicate away the symptoms of despair. Some people look to cocaine, heroin or prescription pills like OxyContin and 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. Before you know it you out of control. You want to stop but you cannot.
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The First Step to Stop Your Drug Addiction and Depression
The first step to finding a solution to your problems is identifying the problem. We can help you there. Many people use illegal drugs and prescription medication to feel better, cheer them up and to have fun. But there is a proven link between drug use and depression. According to some up to 1 in 10 Americans is suffering from depression. You may think – whoa, I’m not depressed! But ask yourself:
• 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
Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed 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. Doctors have a term for people who have both depression and an addiction to drugs, or any substance. It is called a Dual Diagnosis; which can be a combination of any mental disorder (like depression) and addiction (like drugs, alcohol or even gambling.)
The key to a successful recovery is treating both the depression and the drug addiction at the same time. Our drug rehab centers use an individualized, evidence-based treatment program that is developed just for your level of drug use and depression. Not everyone is the same, and your treatment should not be either. We look at each person’s unique history and create an addiction treatment program that best fits your needs.
One call to our addiction hotline to discuss your situation, and we will take care of the rest. Our team of insurance specialists will call and work with your insurance company for you. We will find the best treatment options at the lowest cost to you. Then we will make all of the plans for you to get into the best dual diagnosis treatment center for you.
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What Causes Depression
Depression originates in the brain. It is a chemical imbalance, which often results in feelings of lethargy, sadness, and hopelessness. It is almost impossible to discern which came first – the depression or the substance abuse as the one often leads to the other.
Using drugs to escape the depression almost always leads to deeper depression and more drug use. You need to stop the cycle now.
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 balance in the brain, both depression and substance abuse problems are treated.
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Depression is manageable and responds very well to medication. Accepting that there is a problem is the hardest part. During your treatment, you will learn the triggers of your depression and tools you can use to manage it 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.