Alcoholism and Depression

When you are suffering from alcoholism and depression, you need to treat not only the addiction but also the underlying cause. Drinking is a central part of the social lives of many people. In fact, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 86% of people over 18 have reported drinking alcohol. 

Alcoholism and Depression - Woman sitting in front of her couch with her arms on her coffee table with one hand up to her forehead and the other holding a glass of white wine. She is looking directly at the camera with a depressed look in her eyes.Many people turn to alcohol to mask a deeper-rooted problem. For some people, that problem may be depression, which is a widespread condition in today’s society – especially for people in the 18-25 range, where rates of depressive episodes approached 11% over the past year. 

If you are using alcohol to treat symptoms of depression, the following are some things you might want to consider. 

Binge Drinking and Depression

Everyone feels depressed every once in a while, but for some, the symptoms of depression can be debilitating. They can include a persistently sad or anxious mood, feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, loss of interest in hobbies, decreased energy, and sleeping issues. These problems can in turn increase risks of chronic illness and even suicide.

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Treatment for Dual Diagnosis Disorders

Many people turn to alcohol to self-medicate, as a way of temporarily relieving the symptoms of depression. The high one might feel from being intoxicated can make them forget about their depression and replace those feelings with more uplifting emotions.

Dual diagnosis disorders, where a mental health condition of any kind, such as a diagnosable depressive disorder, happen along with an alcohol use disorder, at the same time. At the time, it can make sense to someone suffering from depression to turn to alcohol to get through the darkest of times.

However, the truth is, alcohol can actually make episodes of depression more severe. It can increase the negative thought processes and the likelihood of self-destructive behavior.

Alcoholism and Depression: Getting Help

Those suffering from alcoholism and depression can get help by using a dual diagnosis approach. A dual diagnosis addresses, not just the alcoholism, but also the underlying problem behind the alcoholism – whether it’s depression, stress or any other sort of behavioral or psychological problem.

Using this method, patients not only overcome the need to use alcohol but are also less likely to relapse due to problems that may arise down the line that triggers destructive behavior. An effective dual diagnosis and treatment approach helps to break the cycle by addressing underlying causes for addictive behavior.

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If you are suffering from alcoholism, whether it is brought on by depression, or any other underlying cause, please reach out to get help today. If left untreated, alcoholism and depression can worsen and become a truly life-threatening situation. If you suspect you or a loved one may have reached a crisis point, please reach out for help with your situation now.

Beyond quality of life suffering, the physical risks of alcohol use disorders pose a serious risk to long-term health and well-being. Please consider reaching out to begin your own journey of recovery, and beginning to address both alcohol use and depression. The process of reaching out for help with sobriety can be difficult, but the results will be well worth it!

Resources for Alcoholism and Depression

The whole mission of Find Addiction Rehabs is to have recovery representatives standing by to get you the help you need 24/7. They can provide you with an individualized plan and get you started on the road to recovery immediately.

Find out what you need to do to take the steps towards breaking the vicious cycle of letting depression and alcohol run your life. Don’t hesitate to call our compassionate, dedicated team today to speak further with them about alcohol and depression, addictive disorders of any kind, and how to find treatment resources.