Depression and Addiction: Understanding the Correlation

The relationship between depression and addiction is complex. For many people with an existing addiction, developing depression as a side effect of substance abuse is very common. Similarly, if you’re struggling under the weight of depression, it can increase your likeliness of turning to drugs and alcohol to ease your pain.

This vicious cycle often complicates the journey to recovery, as not everyone understands the connection between mental health issues and addiction. As many as 20 percent of those with mental health issues are also affected by substance abuse

The experienced medical team at Mindful Urgent Care understands how this cycle can impact your life. They offer customized care to successfully break that cycle.

Where the connection lies

Using alcohol or drugs is a choice some make to deal with the pressures of life and overcome depression. However, using illicit substances can actually trigger symptoms of depression and other mental health issues, even if you haven’t experienced them before.

Drugs and alcohol may make you feel better in the moment, but they can actually cause more damage in the long run. Substance abuse can heighten symptoms of depression and increase your risk of self-harm and accidents. Your physical health also suffers, as drugs and alcohol can weaken your immune system, increasing your risk of illnesses and chronic diseases that will only add to your struggle.

When you have untreated depression, you may turn to alcohol or drugs to alleviate your anxiety rather than seek medical help. But even occasional use of these substances can quickly escalate into a full-blown addiction when your mental health issues continue to get worse.

Why the connection matters

When you’re ready to start your journey to recovery, it’s important to consider how depression and addiction are connected. Treating just one or the other condition may hinder your chances of a successful recovery. 

Look for comprehensive help from a qualified provider, like Ram Pardeshi, MD, and the skilled Mindful Urgent Care staff, who can treat addiction and underlying depression or other mental health issues simultaneously.

Getting the right diagnosis

The symptoms of depression and substance dependence are often very similar, making it difficult for you to tell which problem is affecting you most.

The skilled team at Mindful Urgent Care is specially trained to identify how best to treat both your substance abuse issues and depression symptoms based on your specific needs and the root cause of your issue. They’ll break down a treatment plan into steps so you aren’t overwhelmed by tackling both problems at once.

There is always hope, and with the guidance of Dr. Pardeshi, you can find recovery through behavior therapy, supervised medication therapy, and other methods customized to you individually. 

You can overcome depression and addiction with the right help. Schedule a consultation online now or call Mindful Urgent Care today. 

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