People find themselves in emotional battles every day; stress to pay the bills, the occasional fight between friends or family, fighting addictions to substances and habits, and struggling to so much as get out of bed and enjoy life with depression.

It might come as a surprise, however, that addiction and depression can connect quite closely and can even cause one other. Those who find themselves struggling with addictions may fall into depression, and those who deal with depression may fall into an addiction to cope with their troubles.

What are the signs of these two psychological illnesses, and how do they relate? What can be done to overcome them? There are various common traits to look for.

Defining Depression and Addiction

Depression and addictions are both mental health issues that align together in terms of symptoms and often causally related; however, they are not the same by any means.

Depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, is a common but serious mood disorder that affects how you think about, feel about, and handle daily activities—including eating, sleeping or working.

Some look over depression as merely being sad, but in order to qualify as depression, symptoms need to have persisted for over two weeks. Depression also tends to vary—with constant low moods for major depressive disorder and extended ups and downs for chronic depression.

On the other hand, an addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder distinguished by compulsive drug seeking and continued use despite the potential consequences, which can cause ongoing changes in the brain. This can include mood changes or even transform into depression.

The Symptoms

It may come as a surprise that symptoms of depression and addiction tend to connect and align, though there are a couple of symptoms that distinguish them.

Those who deal with depression may have feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, weight loss or weight gain, loss of energy and sleep, suicidal thoughts, and difficulty with decision-making. Addictions can create feelings of nausea and shakiness, lead to withdrawal when kept away from certain drugs, create feelings of neglect, risky behavior, keeping secrets, and continued use of drugs despite the health issues they may cause.

The feelings of sickness, withdrawal, and secrecy that come with addiction, however, may lead into depression, and the feelings of helplessness and suicidal thoughts from depression can drive someone to an addiction to cope. But there are also symptoms shared between the two: irritability, mood swings, headaches, difficulties with concentration and memory, and general feelings of sadness and negativity.

Any person dealing with depression or an addiction should keep note of such signs in order to avoid the chaos of falling into both traps.

Treating Depression and Addiction

The important fact to note regarding the treatment of both depression and addiction is that one cannot be prioritized over the other. Both conditions must be treated simultaneously because of how closely linked they are and how they may feed into each other.

Patients of addiction should consider help through therapy while seeking medication from a psychologist to help treat depression. If the addict in question is susceptible to addiction through medical drugs, their medical treatment should be prescribed and monitored accordingly.

Depression and How it Feeds Into Addiction

If you or a loved one struggle with the hardships of addiction and toils of depression, consider seeking a local treatment & rehab program in Tennessee. You may also consider looking into Discovery Place’s own programs, such as the 30 Day Residential Addiction Recovery Program or the Long Term Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Program in Burns, Tennessee. Call us today for a free consultation at 1-800-725-0922.

Testimonials

  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
    Alumni
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
    Alumni
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
    Alumni
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
    Alumni
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
    Alumni
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham
    Alumni

    Thinking About Rehab?

    Learn More About Our Alternative Residential Recovery Programs

    Alternative Drug & Alcohol Treatment Rehab
    Talk to someone about your options

    Talk to someone about your options