Alcohol Rehab: Depression and Alcoholism Treatment

“I wish I wouldn’t wake up tomorrow.” “There is nothing in my life worth anything anymore.” “I simply can’t enjoy all the things I used to love so much. I can’t enjoy anything.” “I’m exhausted all the time and can barely get out of bed.” “I can’t sleep and when I do, it is so fitful I never feel rested.”

If any of these statements sound familiar, you may be one of the tens of millions of people suffering from clinical depression. Usually described as feeling sad and not knowing why, or feeling afraid and not knowing what you are afraid of, clinical depression is so difficult to work with, it feels hopeless.

Major depression is so severe that it is the second most common symptom (after back pain) for people receiving SSI or SSD for long-term disability. It is so debilitating that people are unable to work, care for their families or even themselves. Statistics show that depression and alcoholism are inter-related, with 30-50% of alcoholics suffering from depression.

What is Depression?

Approximately 5% of people with major depression are suffering from what is called endogenous depression. This is considered to be genetic and it suggests that the person lacks one of the significant neurotransmitters in their brain (such as dopamine, serotonin or nor-epinephrine) so the brain does not respond adequately to stimuli, the pleasure centers are not stimulated and as a result they feel depressed. People suffering from endogenous depression likely will be on anti-depressants indefinitely because it is an existing chemical imbalance.

The remaining 95% suffer from situational depression; that is, the depression is a result of events in their lives. Depression is also higher in those individuals who struggle with alcohol abuse or alcoholism. For these people, depression is curable and relief is possible. This is what our center focuses on.

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Facts About Depression & Alcoholism

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Signs of Depression that may be combined with Alcoholism

  • Sleeping Disturbance
  • Eating Disturbance
  • Decreased Energy
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide

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Depression and Alcoholism leads to Higher Risk of Suicide

Signs of depression combined with alcohol can lead to a higher risk of suicide. Feelings of unending despair, listlessness, decreased ability to concentrate and impaired judgment all reveal major depression. People who additionally use alcohol for relief or struggle with alcoholism only contribute to cycles of depression. Studies show that alcohol and/or drugs are involved in high number of suicides. If an individual already struggles with depression, using alcohol or drugs only increases the dangerous possibility of suicide.

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SouthCoast Recovery Treats Alcoholism and Depression

There are not many places available that treat and cure depression at a reasonable financial level. Typically depressed people feel depressed and hopeless, become suicidal or nearly so and are then sent to a hospital. Hospitals in general are not set up for the treatment of depression but rather relief of the symptoms. Most patients are medicated until they are unable to think about suicide (or anything else for that matter) and then released, possibly with a prescription for anti-depressants and the name of a therapist. This service costs thousands of dollars per day but doesn’t really treat depression – only masks it.

At SouthCoast Recovery our goal is to treat and cure depression, not with a medication regime but with therapy to get rid of the anger and hurt in order to help you move toward a life of happiness and fulfillment. This is done in group and individual sessions in a protected setting (not locked down) where cure of depression is the goal. The treatment is longer than in a psychiatric hospital (usually 30-90 days) but you leave relieved from depression rather than with a handful of anti-depressants to mask the symptoms. SouthCoast Recovery focuses on the problem – depression – rather than medicating you into a tolerable state. For more information on our depression and alcoholism program at SouthCoast Recovery, call us today.

Call us at 1-866-847-4506 – professional assistance is available 24/7.

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