Millions of Americans suffer from depression and anxiety every year. If you’re one of them, you know how it feels. You constantly fear the worst, and no matter what happens, your sadness never seems to lift. Drug and alcohol abuse can make the problem so much worse. If you’re one of the many who don’t get help for a mental health issue, especially when it’s tied into substance abuse, that can change starting today.
The Connection Between Addiction, Depression and Anxiety
People who struggle with overwhelming worries, negative thoughts and persistent sadness often don’t get the treatment they need. Instead, many of them turn to drug and alcohol abuse as a way to self-medicate. This comes with many risks, including making the mental health disorder worse.
Depression and anxiety are distinct conditions, but they share some characteristics. While depression is characterized by constant blue moods and lethargy, anxiety sufferers are often tense and restless. However, these conditions can overlap. A person can simultaneously have depression and anxiety.
When a person drinks heavily or abuses drugs in an effort to escape his negative feelings, those emotions don’t go away. Instead, the mental condition becomes more complex now that substance abuse is also occurring. As drug dependency deepens, negative thoughts do as well.
This often turns into a vicious cycle of drug abuse and deteriorating mental health.
Effective Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
It’s usually unclear whether someone had depression and anxiety or a substance use disorder first. What is clear is that one condition impacts the other. People with mental illnesses are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, often leading to co-occurring disorders.
People with addiction issues may suffer from bipolar or panic disorder, or a range of other conditions. This makes rehab more complex. Skilled professionals understand the need for dual diagnosis treatment in these cases. Without it, a person will only make minimal progress toward wellness.
In an effective rehab program, people receive treatment for both disorders at the same time. This simultaneous approach is important. Otherwise, someone who’s treated for depression — but not addiction — will very likely fall into depression again as her drug abuse continues.
Luxury Treatment in the Hollywood Hills
Getting proper treatment is key for treating depression and anxiety, alongside addiction. The Hills Treatment Center provides that treatment, and much more, in our luxurious Los Angeles setting.
We offer a full continuum of care in our secluded, private rehab facility. Clients from L.A., California, and other coastal locales also appreciate our pet-friendly center and accommodating atmosphere.
The treatment programs we offer include:
The treatment you or a loved one needs is available. Our compassionate team is ready to help you start the path to recovery. Contact us today at 866-323-4665 if you want to be the healthy, happy person you and your family deserves.