Fast Facts About Depression and Substance Use

Exploring the Link Between Mental Wellness and Addiction

October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month, which is why our team at Tranquil Shores wanted to take some time to share some fast facts about depression and addiction.

We hope that by sharing this information, we can help break the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction and encourage more people to seek treatment. Always remember, you are never alone.

Did You Know…? Fast Facts to Understand

  • Nearly one in three adults will experience an episode of major depression in their lifetime.

  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

  • Over 27 million adults in the United States have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year.

  • Depression affects people of all ages but is most common among adults aged 18-25.

  • Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression.

  • Depression is one of the most common co-occurring disorders among people with substance use disorders.

  • Many people with substance use disorders also suffer from depression.

  • People who suffer from both depression and addiction are more likely to experience more severe symptoms and have a more challenging time recovering than those who only suffer from one condition.

What is Depression?

Depression is a mental disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It can interfere with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy activities you once enjoyed. Depression affects how you think, feel, and behave. It can lead to physical problems such as insomnia, fatigue, and pain.

Does Depression Cause Addiction? Or Does Addiction Cause Depression?

This question is a bit like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg. In reality, both conditions can likely cause and worsen each other. For example, someone who is depressed may turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate their symptoms. Alternatively, someone with a substance use disorder may develop depression due to addiction.

It’s also important to remember that addiction and depression are both medical conditions that require treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with either condition, we encourage you to reach out for help.

What Other Conditions Often Coexist with Depression?

Depression often co-occurs with other mental health disorders, such as anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s also common for people with depression to suffer from physical health problems, such as chronic pain, heart disease, and diabetes.

This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to seek professional help if you’re struggling with depression. A qualified mental health professional can help you address all the different aspects of your condition and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

What is Dual-Diagnosis Treatment?

If you or someone you know is struggling with both depression and addiction, it’s essential to seek treatment from a facility that specializes in dual-diagnosis treatment. What does this mean?

Dual-diagnosis treatment facilities are equipped to treat mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders simultaneously. This is important because treating one condition without the other is often less effective than treating both simultaneously.

A qualified team of doctors, nurses, and therapists will work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses both your depression and your addiction. This customized approach is often the most successful way to treat co-occurring disorders.

Tranquil Shores is Here to Help

It is important to remember that you are not alone. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, addiction, or both, please reach out for help. Our team at Tranquil Shores is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about our dual-diagnosis treatment program and how we can assist in your recovery journey.

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