Dual Diagnosis: Treating Addiction and Depression
Addiction is a growing threat that destroys lives and causes a range of problems nobody can ignore. If we want to address the issue and find a lasting solution, it’s vital to look under the surface to uncover the root of each person’s addiction and depression is commonly found to be an underlying issue.
Rather than being the source of the problem, addiction is often the symptom of mental health disorders that people don’t even know they have. Treating addiction without addressing possible mental health disorders won’t do much good for anyone over the long run. As you review the following guide, you will learn about this topic and how the right approach can work wonders for people combating addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Why a Dual Diagnosis Is Vital
A lot of rehabilitation centers only focus on helping people overcome addiction to alcohol or other substances, but that method won’t give their patients the best possible results. People who have undetected mental health issues will likely return to their bad habits once they complete the treatment process, nullifying any progress they might have made along the way.
By treating the problems that hide beneath the surface, we can remove the contributing factors of addiction and enhance a person’s odds of making a full recovery. If you or someone you know is dealing with addiction and the problems that come with it, learning about potential disorders and how to handle them is a smart call, and we can help.
Battling Depression and Addiction
This section explores the connection between addiction and depression, and you will soon understand why they often happen together. A depressed person can feel sad and hopeless without being influenced by external factors, and some depressed people can’t seem to improve their mood no matter how hard they try. If you are feeling depressed, you can lose interest in activities you once enjoyed and not know what you can do to make it past the roadblock.
In the worst cases, depression can drive a person to suicide if nobody spots the warning signs in time to prevent it. Without giving it much thought, people often turn to drugs or alcohol to combat their depression. Although this path eases the pain and offers a short-term solution to the suffering, it makes the situation much worse down the road.
Addiction and Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a condition that causes people to move between manic and depressive states, and each episode can last for up to several months. Manic states come with increased energy, an upbeat mood and a distorted sense of reality. People experiencing a manic state can feel invincible and won’t always consider the long-term results of their actions.
Feeling as though nothing can harm them can increase their odds of using and becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol. Those who go through the depressive state can feel lost, confused and hopeless. They often turn to substance abuse to mask the pain and deal with the fallout of their poor choices. According to some sources, 56 percent of people with bipolar disorder will battle addiction at some point.
Addiction and Schizophrenia
To get the full picture of the most common mood disorders that affect addiction, we are now going to look at schizophrenia and the impact it can have on those who suffer from it. Inability to separate reality from fantasy is the hallmark of schizophrenia, and those with the condition find it all but impossible to maintain a social life and steady job. Anxiety, anger and paranoia are among the symptoms a person can expect to see when interacting with someone who has this disorder. People with schizophrenia can feel compelled to use drugs or alcohol, and more than half of the people with the condition also experience addiction.
Our Approach to Co-Occurring Disorders
At this point, you are likely asking why you should choose us or how our approach is different from the way other treatment centers handle addiction, which is a good question. At SpringBoard Recovery, we understand that each person has a unique set of challenges to overcome. Once we understand the person and what approach will offer the best possible results, we will decide which combination of programs and therapies are suitable.
If you or someone you know is currently facing an addiction, you don’t have much time to waste because not treating the addiction now will make it much harder to overcome the issue in the future. When you come to us for support and guidance, we will do what it takes to meet your needs and put your fears to rest. If you are ready to turn addiction into a thing of the past, pick up your phone and give us a call.
- American Psychiatric Association: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/addiction/what-is-addiction
- PsychGuides: https://www.psychguides.com/depression/and-addiction/
- Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323465
- Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/
- Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/addiction/risk-factors
- PSYCOM: https://www.psycom.net/depression-substance-abuse
- Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/depression
- National Institute of Mental Health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/
- National Institute of Mental Health: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/