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Depression and Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction rarely emerges in a vacuum. Often, substance use disorders (SUD) are accompanied by a host of risk factors and comorbidities that serve to trigger and/or sustain and exacerbate the addiction. 

Among the most significant of these risk factors and the most common of these comorbidities is depression. It’s estimated, for example, that almost half of all people with SUD also have a co-occurring mental health disorder, such as depression. In addition, there is substantive evidence that substance misuse can trigger or worsen depression and related mental health conditions.

In essence, depression and dependency often work together, the one feeding off of and amplifying the other. This means that you simply cannot pursue real and lasting recovery if you don’t also acknowledge and address the depression that may be contributing to your addiction.

Recognizing the Signs of Depression

One of the most devastating aspects of depression is that it can not only be quite difficult to identify, but it can also be highly resistant to treatment. After all, seeking treatment, whether for addiction or for depression, is in itself an act of hope. But when you are depressed, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to feel hopeful about much of anything at all.

When you don’t have hope, it’s also quite unlikely that you’re going to have motivation, particularly when it comes to the motivation to undertake a mission as difficult as the mission of getting clean.

Nevertheless, learning to identify the signs of depression is often the first step in getting help. That first step may be not only a step toward rediscovering your joy but also a step toward regaining your sobriety. 

Often, however, depression doesn’t look the way we expect it to look. It rarely manifests as sadness or despair. Rather, depression often shows up as a loss of interest in the things you once loved and enjoyed. It is often a kind of emotional numbness and apathy that can be every bit as painful as despair–if not more so.

How Bayshore Can Help

At Bayshore, we recognize that you can’t expect or experience true recovery until you address the underlying issues that have given rise to or are exacerbating the addiction. This is why our multidisciplinary team at Bayshore is committed to providing personalized, evidence-based, whole-person care.

Bayshore’s team of caring professionals includes on-site medical and mental healthcare providers with expertise in the treatment of depressive disorders and co-occurring addiction and depression. We are fully licensed and accredited and have been certified by the Joint Commission and LegitScript to provide pharmacological therapies for the treatment of mental health disorders, including depressive disorders, as appropriate.

In addition, our on-site counselors are proud to offer a range of psychotherapeutic treatment options, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), for clients experiencing co-occurring depression and dependency.

Likewise, in honor of our commitment to whole-person care, our highly specialized team of wellness experts offers education and training in behavior modification and cognitive change. This includes courses in yoga, art and music therapy, holistic medicine, nutrition, and meditation and mindfulness. Each of these is designed to add another tool to your life optimization toolbox, helping you to construct a lifestyle that supports your peace, happiness, joy, and sobriety while freeing you from the cruel grasp of addiction and co-occurring depression.


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