Those who struggle with substance use and depression face many risks to both physical and mental health if they don’t seek treatment. With proper treatment, it is possible to recover, rebuild a future of confidence and health, and develop a sense of pride while doing so. If you are struggling with depression right now, it is hard to see a way forward. However, at the Willows at Red Oak, we provide the tools and resources to help you find your way forward for long-term improvement. To learn more about our treatment options for addiction and mental health conditions, please reach out to the Willows at Red Oak today at 855.773.0614.
How Does Substance Use and Depression Happen Together?
A person engaging in substance abuse may be doing so to self-medicate against depression. In other cases, the use of substances like alcohol and drugs can lead to the development of major depression. In either case, the combination of a mental health condition and addiction is common but requires a specific diagnosis and treatment plan.
Self-medicating is a common cause of alcohol or drug abuse. A person with major depression faces countless symptoms each day, from negative thoughts to a lack of energy. They may reach towards drugs or alcohol as a way to make those negative symptoms and thoughts go away. This may help for a short period, but most people find themselves needing to use more of these substances to get the same relief. Over time, it just does not work, but addiction and dependence have formed.
Symptoms of Substance Use and Depression
Recognizing the presence of both conditions is not always straightforward. For some people, one disorder can hide the other, making it hard even for some therapists to see what’s happening. Some of the most common signs of these conditions include:
- Using drugs as a way to stop thinking about the past
- Using substances as a way to deal with stress
- Feeling sadness, hopelessness, or helplessness when not using substances
- Feeling compelled to use drugs or alcohol, such as thinking about it often
- Hiding how much you are using but feeling that no one understands
Many people also feel a dependence on the substance, which includes pain or withdrawal symptoms along with cravings when they do not use them.
If you feel these symptoms, it may be critical to seek out help right away. Those who have major depression are at high risk for suicide or self-harm. Taking action now to get help is vital.
How Can We Treat Substance Use and Depression?
At the Willows at Red Oak, we treat drug and alcohol addiction, along with major depression, through a process called dual diagnosis treatment. Simply, it is the process of treating both conditions at the same time. Doing this allows for a person to gain sobriety but also support for mental health disorders. We may also use medications to help with this process. However, the core success plan for most people with both conditions is to use psychotherapy to manage their condition effectively.
Get Treatment at the Willows at Red Oak
At the Willows at Red Oak, our team of clinicians is ready to help you with dual diagnosis treatment. We offer a range of treatment options for women on the right path towards healing and recovery from substance use and depression. Some of our programs include:
- Holistic healing services
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Addiction therapy services
- Partial hospitalization program
- Full aftercare program
- 12 step program access
Treatment for substance abuse and depression is possible at the Willows at Red Oak. Our compassionate staff can provide comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment in a comfortable, modern location. The key is to invest in your health today. Call the Willows at Red Oak at 855.773.0614 or connect with our team online for the support you need today.