While people often use the word “depressed” to describe feeling temporarily bummed out or sad, in reality, depression is a diagnosable mood disorder that can cause overwhelming and lasting feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness. Depression can range anywhere between mild and severe, and while everyone has bad days, if your symptoms and low feelings last for multiple days or weeks or impact your job or relationships, you might be suffering from clinical depression. At Oceanfront Recovery, we want to ensure that your recovery process encompasses both your addiction and depression, which is why we tailor your treatment program to address your specific individual needs.

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What is Depression?


Clinical depression can show up in several ways, from one depressive episode to recurring bouts; from seasonal to bipolar to post-partum. When doctors diagnose depression, they look for the following symptoms:

  • Feeling depressed most of the time
  • Feelings of tiredness or lack of energy
  • Feeling guilty, worthless or hopeless
  • Difficulty staying focused, making decisions or remembering details
  • Changes in sleep – either too much or too little
  • Weight changes – loss or gain
  • Appetite changes
  • Little to no interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Thoughts of suicide or death
  • Feelings of restlessness and irritability

If you are experiencing five or more of the above symptoms, and have been for two weeks or longer, you have the definition of clinical depression.

Depression can also manifest itself through physical symptoms, including back or joint pain, headaches, digestive issues and even sluggish speech and movement. The reason behind this is that serotonin and norepinephrine – the brain chemicals that are linked to depression – affect both pain and mood.

Addiction and Depression


For many people, their depression may have driven them towards substance abuse, while for others, their addiction may have affected their mental health. Many of the symptoms of depression are also signs of addiction, which makes it vital that you receive the appropriate care and treatment for both disorders. At Oceanfront Recovery, our staff of experienced professionals will create a treatment plan personalized to your needs, treating your depression and addiction concurrently and helping you to find the root of your addiction so that your treatment is effective and successful.

Depression is a common issue among addicts, as people to try and self-medicate with alcohol or drugs because the temporary high is an escape from the feelings of sadness or worthlessness. However, it’s a slippery slope into addiction, as not only will you need more and more of the substance to feel “happy” again, but the more you consume, the more your body becomes dependent on that substance and the harder the crash after the effects wear off.

It is estimated that one-third of people who suffer from depression also have a problem with alcohol or drug addiction. It makes sense, because substance use can reduce feelings of emotional and physical pain and make you feel happy and euphoric. But not only can self-medication lead to addiction, but it can make your depression even worse because of the long-term effects of alcohol or drugs on your brain chemistry.

Reach out today!


If you or a loved one are suffering from both depression and addiction, Oceanfront Recovery is here to help. Contact us today at 877.279.1777 and speak confidentially to one of our experienced intake specialists. Let us help you to get on the road to mental and physical health, free from addiction.

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