According to the Mental Health institute, the depression disorder is the most frequent in America today. One third of all people who are suffering from depression have also drug or alcohol abuse issues because they just cannot cope with the depression, so they start using those substances and eventually become addicted to them.
A combination of addiction and depression
A combination of addiction and depression can be a very complicated situation for professionals to handle. One of the major problems in these situations is that many drugs and alcohol beverages can create symptoms that appear to be similar to those of a depressed person. So the big question is whether the addiction caused the depression or the depression cause the addiction to emerge?
Even though there is clearly a connection between alcohol/drug abuse and depression, they do not always precede one another. However, in many cases the person becomes depressed first and then he starts using the alcohol/drug substances in order to try and get rid of his/her depression without an external medical help. Eventually this substance use leads to an addiction. It doesn’t really matter whether the depression or the addiction develop first, because in the cases where both present in the patient’s body, they should be treated simultaneously to lead the patient to full recovery.
The most important thing in these cases is to find a professional that has a good experience and understanding in the area of drug and alcohol addiction treatments.