It is common to joke about taking a drink to relieve the emotions of a situation. For people with depression, alcohol becomes a crutch used to find relief from their dark thoughts. The combination of alcohol and depression can cause you to engage in self-destructive behavior harmful to others and yourself. Alcohol tends to worsen the symptoms of depression, even if you feel a brief respite after the first drink.
What is Alcohol Use Disorder?
People with severe drinking problems are said to have an alcohol use disorder. AUD manifests itself through the compulsive consumption of alcohol, a lack of control over how much you consume, and feeling negative whenever you are not drinking.
There are nearly six million people in the U.S. who suffer from an alcohol use disorder. Those with the condition typically exhibit the following symptoms:
- An inability to limit their alcohol intake
- Giving up on or avoiding work or school responsibilities to drink
- Neglecting relationships because of excessive alcohol use
- Failing in attempts to cut back on drinking
- Building a growing tolerance to alcohol
- Feeling withdrawal symptoms whenever you abstain from alcohol
The symptoms of alcohol use vary in severity from person to person. Some people can function without issue at work or school, while others completely fall apart.
What is Depression?
Depression is a mental disorder that affects the way people feel, think, and act. It causes feelings of sadness and a lack of interest in hobbies and activities you previously enjoyed. Depression differs from normal reactions of grief. People with depression experience the effects for long periods without relief.
Some common symptoms of depression include:
- Problems with sleeping
- Changes in appetite
- A loss of energy
- Feelings of fatigue
- Engaging in physical actions like pacing or hand-wringing
- Slowed movement or speech
- Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
- An inability to concentrate or make decisions
- Persistent thoughts of suicide
It is important that patients see a medical professional to confirm a diagnosis of depression. It can mimic the effects of other medical conditions like brain tumors or thyroid problems. A doctor can rule out any other causes of your depression. They may also recognize any ties between your depression and alcohol abuse.
Can You Treat Alcohol and Depression Issues Simultaneously?
People suffering from an alcohol use disorder and depression are said to have a dual diagnosis. Therapists used to treat the symptoms of depression and alcohol addiction separately. That left patients struggling to deal with the continuing effects of their depression after receiving treatment for their issues with alcohol.
Phoenix Rising offers a dual diagnosis program for those who have alcohol and depression as co-occurring disorders. Our team of specialists understand the synergy that exists between alcohol and depression. Addressing one means taking care of the other problem. Doing so at the same time leads to a higher chance of breaking the cycle and achieving long-term recovery.
Clients get the chance to reside at our Palm Springs ranch location. The remoteness puts you more in tune with nature while removing you from the toxic influences of your old environment. Phoenix Rising allows stays of 90 days or longer at our inpatient treatment program. That allows you to heal at your own pace, increasing the chances of a successful transition to sober living outside the program.
Receive Alcohol and Depression Treatment at Phoenix Rising
Phoenix Rising offers programs and treatments for other conditions besides alcohol and depression. Some services we offer include:
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment
- Residential Treatment Program
- Partial Parallax Solution Program
- Sober Living Homes
- Aftercare Rehab Program
You do not have to continue managing the symptoms of depression and alcohol abuse alone. Contact us today at 855.232.8211 to start taking control of your physical and mental well-being.