There is a very close relationship between depression and substance abuse in adults. The two conditions usually occur together in an extremely high percentage of individuals. There are a number of different ways that this occurs. Substance abuse can cause depression and depression can cause substance abuse. For those struggling with substance abuse-related depression, our rehab center can help.
Dealing with Substance Abuse and Depression
Substance abuse may cause depression because there are a number of drugs that people use and abuse, and these can directly affect the brain and cause depression. For example, marijuana slows down brain functions and diminishes cognitive abilities and can cause depression in a significant number of individuals. Alcohol can do the same thing. Cocaine tends to elevate people’s moods, but when drug users come off it, they often experience a crash into depression. And there is a long list of other frequent drugs of abuse that also can lead to depression, either during the time when the individual is intoxicated with the drug or during the withdrawal phase.
On the other hand, depression can also lead to substance abuse. More and more individuals with depression are now attempting to self-medicate. They have difficulty either accepting that they’re depressed or recognizing that what they’re experiencing is depression and can be treated with medication or psychotherapy. So many people turn to substances, whether it’s alcohol or other drugs, to actually change how they feel. In some cases, they are able to change how they feel momentarily, but in the long run, they create worse problems for themselves, as the drug of abuse often adds to the depression over the course of days, weeks, or months.
Anxiety is also part of, or can be, a trigger for depression. Recognizing the problem is part of getting better, but there are just some paths you cannot travel alone, and recovery is one of them. Seeking long-term rehab for depression will not only put the power to get better in your hands, but you will also have a loving and caring environment to support you. Rehab centers for depression will help you get to the root of the problem so you will have the knowledge and strength to deal with your addiction for the long term.
If you or a loved one is looking for treatment for any type of substance abuse or depression, our rehab center and staff will receive you and address any of your concerns. We are committed to getting you or your loved one the help they need.
For most people suffering from depression, other rehab centers will fail to recognize the root cause of the problem. The River Source is one of the few holistic rehab centers in the country that can help pinpoint the actual triggers and reasons behind your depression and offer tailored treatments to help you overcome them. All you need is to take the first step and contact us today.