Physical and Behavioral Liabilities of Addiction and Depression
Alcohol's physiological impact on the central nervous system mirrors symptoms of depression such as lethargy, irritability, and an inability to concentrate or focus. This means that clients who suffer from depression-related alcoholism and addiction feel the same symptoms whether they're sober or intoxicated. By taking a dual diagnosis approach to client care and treating each condition simultaneously, we're able to alleviate the physical, mental, and emotional burdens our clients face.
Recognizing the Need for Alcohol and Depression Treatment
Because the symptoms of addiction and depression are often similar, it can be difficult to distinguish one from the other if the client has started drinking or using mind-altering substances.
Some behavioral indicators that an individual is suffering from depression include:
- Erratic changes in mood or disposition
- Constant preoccupation with drinking or using substances
- Legal problems related to addiction
- Loss of interest in relationships or professional endeavors
- Thoughts of suicide
- Other signs include weight gain, irritability and general disinterest in activities that were once enjoyed.
Our Specialized Treatment Program
After assessment and detox, clients are designed a customized care plan which include medication for depression, in-depth group and individual counseling, and an individualized array of alternative treatment methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT evidenced-based), Mindfulness, 12 step models, Motivational Interviewing (MI evidence-based), Trauma-informed modalities, meditation, and systemic family therapies. This program offers clients specific treatment for depression so that they no longer feel the need to self-medicate with alcohol or other substances.
The combination of depression and other substances can be deadly. The road to recovery, peace, and safety can start right now. Contact us any time -day or night - at New Paradigm Recovery.