Many people know they suffer addiction and need help through a quality rehab program. However, many of these individuals suffering in the cycle of addiction don’t realize that depression fuels their substance abuse and the continuing fight against sobriety they face each day. Specifically, depression plays a major role in addiction for people just like you. When you seek lasting recovery, you need depression treatment along with rehab for drug or alcohol addiction.
The Chicken and the Egg of Addiction
We all remember the riddle of, “What comes first, the chicken or the egg?” This age-old, unanswerable question also applies to addiction and depression. It’s hard to know which condition comes first under a dual diagnosis of the two problems. The bigger issue is whether treatment includes help for both problems at once.
Some people suffer depression and start abusing drugs or alcohol as self-medication. They want to feel better and at first, substance abuse provides a temporary high. If you suffer depression, the high feeling from these substances makes you continue using to continue feeling better. This starts and fuels addiction.
While you feel your mood boosted in early substance abuse, that’s almost like a trick alcohol or drugs play on you. In reality, these substances only make your symptoms worse. For some people without depression before substance abuse, drugs and alcohol bring mental illness into their lives.
There are multiple reasons why depression develops from drug or alcohol abuse. These include depression as a symptom of the crash after your high, caused by poor health of active addiction, economic problems and relationship problems. As your addiction causes your world to crumble around you, depression sets in. If you already suffer depression, it makes it worse.
A Continuing Cycle Until You Stop
Alcohol and depression go hand-in-hand. In addition, they take away your inhibitions while slowing your central nervous system. Specific ways substances contribute to depression include:
- Poor sleep
- Angry, agitated feelings
- Physical illness
- Worsening symptoms of depression
- Higher risk for suicide
As you can see, depression is dangerous. A fine line exists between depression and suicide. Feeling burdened by addiction and its endless, exhausting cycle of drug seeking and drug use make you feel overwhelmed. Long periods of frustration, sadness and exhaustion lead to riskier thoughts and actions.
In fact, mental health professionals report that suicide rates increase with substance abuse. This happens because the substances dull your logic while amplifying the problems in front of you.
Crest View Recovery Center Provides Depression Treatment You Need
Having both depression and addiction means you need treatment specifically for these co-occurring conditions. This addiction and depression treatment is available at Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, North Carolina. At CVRC, you live in gender-specific housing among peers in addiction treatment.
The co-occurring condition treatment at Crest View Recovery Center includes:
- Rehab treatment
- Intensive outpatient treatment
- Men’s and women’s rehab
- Addiction therapy
- Alumni programs
At Crest View Recovery Center you live and grow among your peers, not isolating yourself as you do in addiction. Reality therapy gives you the self-esteem you need for lasting recovery using life skills from rehab.
At CVRC, you also experience holistic methods for wellness and life improvement. These approaches include meditation, acupuncture, yoga, nutritional counseling, and recreational therapy.
Your overwhelming struggle with drugs, alcohol, and depression ends at Crest View Recovery Center. You learn to work past your challenges and shape a better life at CVRC. Call us at 866-327-2505 to learn more about our programs and depression treatment options.