Acknowledging Depression Can Save Your Life

Acknowledging depression means getting treatment for it along with addiction. Too often people think that addiction is what’s causing their depression. The myth goes, “Fix the addiction and you fix the depression,” but things don’t work out that way at all. Depression and addiction, as well as any other mental illness, can exist concurrently, each aggravating the other. Dual diagnosis treatment is ideal for treating such situations, but people don’t always want to think of themselves as being depressed. Some think it’s any easy excuse for their addiction; some feel like it’s loading on more and more. Addiction and mental illness still carry stigma. Both are scary and conjure nightmares about being out of control. Well, if you’re suffering from addiction, you’re out of control. Your life has, to quote, become unmanageable. Getting back on track means dealing with depression at the same time you’re working your program.

People who are beginning to get clean and are no longer sunk in denial about addiction can still be thoroughly in denial about depression. Even when they’re presented with the facts about the staggeringly high number of addicts who abuse substances to self-medicate depressive symptoms, they still don’t feel like they’re one of “those” folks. Sometimes–fortunately not always–people endure a relapse or two before they understand that a mental illness is dogging their steps just as much as addiction ever did. Thus, to get in recovery and stay there, acknowledging depression is the way to go.

A few tips:

  • Pride kills. A lot of people find less stigma in addiction, compared to mental illness. So what? Ditch ego before ego kills you.
  • Make sure any treatment facility you look at is able to treat dual-diagnosis. Addiction is complex. Depression and all psychological disorders are likewise staggeringly complicated. It might seem sensible to tackle one at a time, but that’s a sure way to relapse. Depression and addiction have to be addressed and incorporated into a comprehensive treatment and recovery plan.
  • Addiction calls for professional help. So does depression. You can make things much easier on yourself by seeing a treatment specialist who is licensed to deal with both disorders. As there is a program for addiction recovery, there are many ways to work a recovery plan for depression. It takes the assistance of a professional to guide you in building your recovery plans.
  • Depression and addiction share many overlapping symptoms. Learn to address your overall functioning.

Separate happiness or contentment, or even simple relief from pain from conditions.  We put too many conditions on happiness. We also sometimes feel guilty when we’re not miserable. Drop conditions. Take happiness anytime it comes!