Alcohol's Effect on Depression

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Depression is a debilitating mental health condition that affects all aspects of a person’s life. An individual who suffers with depression often declines invitations to social events, family gatherings, and holiday parties with loved ones. Depression makes a person disengage in things that were fun, interesting, and enjoyable. It also interferes with relationships and distorts a person’s worldview.
Depression clouds a person’s perspective. Many people with depression use alcohol as a way to cope. Alcohol is a depressant and actually worsens symptoms of depression. Alcohol abuse causes physical and mental health problems such as brain damage, overdose, or early death.
People use alcohol as a relief from stress, anxiety, and depression but over time, a person can develop an addiction to alcohol. Alcohol feeds depression, and depression feeds alcohol consumption. Alcohol abuse disrupts sleep patterns, affects the brain and major organ functions, and takes priority over responsibilities and relationships. Alcohol addiction heightens depression, affects job performance, and can cause job termination due to tardiness, absences, and low productivity.
Treatment teaches a person how to find healthy sober activities, hobbies, or interests to participate in and establish a sense of self-worth, purpose, and mindfulness while sober. A treatment with a holistic approach focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit for recovery.
Alcohol addiction and depression are treated as a dual diagnosis in rehab. People with a dual diagnosis must get treatment for addiction and mental health illnesses, such as depression for recovery. Addiction and depression are treatable. Healthy alternatives to cope with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health conditions are offered in treatment.
Each person’s treatment is unique. Some people recover from depression in a few weeks or months with the appropriate therapy and medication. For others, depression is a lifelong illness. Recovery from addiction is possible. If you or a loved one is suffering from depression and addiction, get help today.

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