Not to be confused with normal sadness, major depression, or “clinical” depression is a relatively common, but sometimes serious disorder in one’s state of mood. Depression leads to persistent feelings of sadness and aloneness. Symptoms of depression also include sleep and appetite disturbances, irritability, thought processes (how you think), and fluctuations in the emotional state. A patient with “clinical” depression will also likely experience feelings of guilt and hopelessness, a general lack of energy, poor concentration, and will possibly experience somatic (physical) complaints such as aches and pains.
Depression is a common mental health disorder experienced by those suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism, as well as anxiety. When a substance abuse or alcoholic also suffers from a mental disorder, they are considered to have a dual diagnosis disorder. Dual diagnosis disorders are also called co-occurring disorders, or co-existing disorders.
It is important to determine whether the depression or the substance abuse occurred first. Knowing this will help guide the prescribed treatment. If one is suffering from pre-existing depression, therapy in conjunction with antidepressant medications is highly recommended. If the depression is solely related to life-circumstances created by the substance use, drug and alcohol treatment will improve self-worth and self-esteem, and create more positive life circumstances. However, antidepressants may still be prescribed to assist with the recovery.
Patients who receive psychiatric services for depression, in conjunction with drug and alcohol rehab, typically have a better chance of short and long-term recovery. The psychiatrist will oftentimes prescribe antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, Paxil, Luvox, Wellbutrin, etc. The antidepressants affect neurotransmitters in the brain, increasing the production or release of neurotransmitters that may be decreased in states of depression. Antidepressants don’t work immediately, and require strict adherence to produce optimal effects.
It is highly important that substance abusers who have signs of depression be treated in a drug and alcohol treatment facility that offers dual diagnosis treatment. Because depression can manifest in a variety of ways and create a variety of symptoms, it is important that the facility have a psychiatrist on staff and employs licensed therapists.
At Behavioral Wellness and Recovery, our staff are uniquely experienced in providing both mental health and substance abuse treatment. Each patient will undergo an assessment to screen for depression and other mental disorders. Simultaneously treating addiction and mental health disorders will lead to a more rapid drug addiction and alcoholism recovery and facilitate the alleviation of mental health symptoms.
To learn more about our drug and alcohol rehab program and our mental health and psychiatric services, you may call us 24/7 at 800-683-4457. Your information will always remain confidential.
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