There are more than 14,000 addiction treatment centers in the U.S. today, but many struggling with substance dependency don’t get the help they need. One reason is the perception that drug abuse treatment is out of budget for most Americans. While there was a time when rehab was limited to the rich and famous, changes in health insurance rules have made drug abuse treatment available to many more in need of support.
Many addicts in America today also suffer from major depressive disorders. Battling depression and addiction can seem like an insurmountable task – how can you know if what you’re feeling is a result of your addiction or caused by your depression? What happens if you suddenly feel depressed during your recovery?
Let’s take a look at what exactly depression is, how it relates to your addiction, and what you can do to cope with depression on the road to recovery.
Watching a loved one struggle with addiction can be an overwhelming experience, where you often feel powerless to help them or provide the support that you know will be impactful as they navigate through the process.
The best way to find out how you can support your loved one is to understand the common stages of addiction recovery. Once you have a better handle on how an addict transitions through each stage, you’ll be able to find places where you can help.
As medical professionals do more research into the causes of addiction, they continue to draw a line between the effects of trauma (like depression and PTSD) and personal histories of childhood trauma and the development of addiction later in life. The connection between trauma and addiction is a strong one, and should not be treated as separate entities when working out a successful treatment plan.
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