Treatment for Alcohol and Depression
It is not uncommon for individuals to go to rehab for alcohol and depression, especially since the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that a third of all those suffering from depression also have an alcohol addiction. Alcoholism and depression have many shared symptoms, including loss of interest in once-enjoyable activities, an inability to concentrate, difficulty sleeping and overwhelming sadness.
Much like the chicken and the egg, it’s not clear what comes first, alcoholism or depression. Some people turn to alcohol to cope with a difficult event in their life, such as the death of a loved one or a hard breakup, and begin numbing their depression with too many drinks. Others don’t begin feeling depressed until they’re in the throes of their alcohol addiction, when they begin to feel powerless over the bottle.
How To Recover?
But drinking alcohol only serves to make depression worse. Studies have shown that those who abuse alcohol are more likely to have severe bouts of depression, and they’re also more likely to have suicidal thoughts.
Whether you are coping with depression by drinking or depressed because you are an alcoholic, it’s important to get treatment for alcohol abuse and depression. Finding a facility that can address both is critical to repairing your mind, body and spirit.
One of the Premier Rehab Centers for Alcohol and Depression
Alcohol Rehab offers a dual diagnosis program that includes treatment for alcohol, depression and other underlying mental health issues. Our staff understands the links between alcohol and depression, and has guided many to recovery. In fact, since our staff is comprised of recovered alcoholics, we have a unique first-person understanding of the challenges our clients face in detox and getting treatment for depression. They provide the compassion and empathy that help our clients achieve real, long lasting recovery.