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.
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.
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