There is a significant link between depression and alcohol. While drinking alcohol is very common in day-to-day life, many people using it are doing so to hide depression or other mental health issues. In other cases, you may already have a diagnosis of depression, and you’re using alcohol as a way to deal with the feelings you have. At Tides Edge Detox, we empower you to break the cycle with comprehensive treatment for both depression and alcohol. Combining alcohol detox and addiction therapy provides relief from both disorders.
What’s the Connection Between Depression and Alcohol?
Depression is a type of mental health disorder with serious implications for overall health and wellbeing. It’s recognized as a constant state of being sad, feeling helpless, and experiencing hopelessness. Depression impacts every part of your life, including relationships. It can also increase the risk of suicide in some people.
Many people with depression find themselves facing a need to manage it with or without professional guidance. They often turn to alcohol as a way to do that, to self-medicate. While alcohol is a depressant itself, it can help to take your mind off your worries. It helps to minimize the symptoms you feel with your mental health disorder.
For some people, alcohol or drug use can create depression itself. If you didn’t feel this way until you started abusing alcohol, you may have been predisposed towards this type of mental health disorder. The alcohol simply makes it more prevalent.
Whichever way Depression and alcohol abuse began, they both contribute to a worsening of the other disorder.
How Can You Treat Both Conditions?
If you have depression and alcohol use disorders, it’s very important to seek out treatment that focuses on both aspects. Treating the depression without the alcohol use disorder leaves you at risk, as does treating the alcohol addiction without treating your mental health disorder. This link between both conditions is called a co-occurring disorder. For it, we use dual diagnosis treatment. It focuses on treating both conditions at the same time, giving you the best tools and resources to heal.
You may need this type of treatment if you have symptoms such as:
- Cravings for alcohol
- Constant sadness even if you are unsure why
- Erratic sleep (sleeping too much or too little) or insomnia
- Fatigue that’s unexplained
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself or others
- An inability to stop drinking or returning after vowing to stop
- Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
What Can You Expect from Depression and Alcohol Treatment?
At Tides Edge Detox, we offer treatment for depression and alcohol. This includes a range of treatment options, including medical detox programs, to help you break the dependency on alcohol. We then offer evidence-based therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy to help you learn how to control your thoughts. Because we offer medical support, we help to improve the chemical imbalance depression creates in a safe manner.
We also offer holistic treatment, including yoga therapy programs and group support programs. You’ll get one-on-one treatment from your addiction counselor as well. All of this together can empower your health and recovery for mind and body.
There’s Help Available to You at Tides Edge Detox
You can’t manage depression and alcohol abuse alone. You don’t need to either. At Tides Edge Detox, we offer a comprehensive treatment plan designed to help you take back your life from mental health disorders. If you’re struggling now, our team is here to listen to you and provide you with support from detox through therapy. Contact us to get immediate help when you call 866.723.3127 today.