Are you looking for a dual diagnosis treatment center in Tampa, FL? BoardPrep Recovery Center® is ready to help you get and stay sober. We recognize that you might need more than just addiction treatment. Alcohol addiction and depression often come as a package deal. People dealing with depression and alcohol addiction have a dual diagnosis.
Having both alcohol addiction and depression can make the world seem hopeless. They entwine themselves in a person’s life. Treating one or the other is often impossible because of this link.
A Possible Genetic Connection
Scientists have discovered a possible genetic connection between depression and alcohol addiction. A study on twins with both issues has unearthed a gene abnormality linking the conditions. This finding could help prevent both in the future. Until then, rehab facilities like BoardPrep Recovery Center® will gladly help those suffering from depression and alcohol addiction.
Which Came First Between Depression and Alcohol Addiction?
It’s like the chicken and the egg — we don’t know which came first. For many people, depression led them to use alcohol as a coping mechanism. Young people especially alleviate their depression with alcohol use. Society sends the message that drinking to unwind from your problems is normal.
At first, drinking may reduce stress, but addiction creates a vicious cycle that fuels depression. Financial and family problems arise, making life more difficult, and adding to their misery. Alcohol can also cause depression chemically. Because it is a depressant, alcohol changes the chemicals in your brain. The chemicals affected by alcohol also control your emotions. Alcohol alters these chemicals and also counteracts the effects of anti-depressants.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs
Dual diagnosis treatment programs must address both issues. Firstly, you will probably need to visit our alcohol detox center. Detox helps medical professionals understand whether addiction causes your depression or not. Once the alcohol has left your system, your mood should brighten. Alcohol’s depressant effects on your brain chemistry should be absent. Despite having a sunnier disposition, you may seem to feel more depressed as a result of withdrawal.
If the depression does not subside after detox, a therapist can prescribe you medication to balance your brain chemistry. Once you find the dosage you need, you’ll be ready to continue your recovery. Most people with a dual diagnosis of alcohol addiction and depression continue with individual therapy after rehab. In addition, group therapy and peer support give you the help you need to stay sober.
BoardPrep Recovery Center® Offers Hope
You don’t have to allow alcohol addiction and depression to rule your life. We are here to help you realize how bright a future without depression and alcohol addiction can be. Start down the road to sobriety today by calling 866.796.4720.