Depression and Addiction in Arizona

Depression is one of the most ubiquitous and crippling health challenges of the modern age. According to the National Network of Depression Centers, it’s the leading cause of disability among American adults — approximately one in five citizens will experience depression at some point in life. Less than half of these people ever get treatment, however, which leads to as many suicide deaths each year as breast cancer deaths. 

Many people suffering from depression try to “tough it out,” downplaying their symptoms because they can’t determine a reason for feeling the way they feel. After a period of persistent depression, an individual may turn to drugs or alcohol for relief. This self-medicating habit might work temporarily to alleviate the symptoms of depression, but after some time coping this way, it can lead to a vicious cycle of depression and substance abuse that calls for the help of a mental health professional.

Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center specializes in treating depression and substance abuse as well as other dual diagnosis disorders in Prescott and Scottsdale, Arizona. No matter how deep you feel your addictive habits may run, our compassionate therapists and medical practitioners can empower you to break this seemingly impossible cycle. It’s never too late to get help. Learn about how to identify these co-occurring disorders in yourself or a family member so you can know when to turn to us for assistance.


Understanding the Symptoms of Depression

In order to prevent yourself or a loved one from developing a depression-related addiction, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of this chronic illness. When diagnosed early, a person can get treatment before the depression gets worse and leads to a secondary disorder. 

Perhaps the most difficult symptom of depression is the inexplicable dejectedness that makes it difficult to find the motivation to get out of bed each morning. Everyone has days like this now and again, but legitimate mood disorders are not typically the result of a specific event — not even a tragedy or a life-altering event like a death or the loss of a job. While these events may cause temporary depression, those with lasting chronic depression might feel hopeless and down every day for weeks, months, or even years at a time for no obvious reason. 

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, Fifth Edition explains that depression cannot be diagnosed until five or more of the following symptoms have appeared every day for at least two weeks independently of a pre-existing medical condition or substance abuse problem:

  • Changes in weight
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of pleasure in hobbies
  • Social isolation
  • Hopeless and mood swings
  • General sadness and anxiety
  • Body aches and pains
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts



The Connection of Depression and Substance Abuse

These debilitating symptoms are highly conducive to addictive habits. American Addiction Centers reports that an alarming 33% (or one in three) people with depression develop a substance abuse disorder. For some, it might seem logical to use drugs or alcohol to temporarily cover up suicidal thoughts and hopelessness. Over time, however, this sequence of events becomes destructive to a person’s well-being as they begin to develop a dependence on drugs or alcohol and end up making their depression even worse than it was before. 


Recognizing Addiction in Yourself and Others

Maybe you’ve already reached the point of using addictive substances to mask your depressive symptoms, but you’re not sure if it has become a full-fledged addiction yet or not. It might be hard to distinguish the symptoms of addiction from those of depression, as they are very similar, but some of the most common distinguishing signs of a substance abuse problem include:

  • Hiding your addiction from friends and family 
  • Worrying that your loved ones won’t accept you anymore
  • Displaying uncharacteristic or risky behavior while under the influence
  • Underperforming at work or school or not showing up at all
  • Experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal when attempting to quit

If any of these describe your situation, you should contact our addiction recovery center in Arizona as soon as possible.


Simultaneous Treatment for Depression and Addiction

A dual diagnosis like depression and substance abuse requires a specialized approach. Rehabilitation centers that only treat the addiction without addressing the mental health component that originally spurred the addiction fail to treat the extent of the disorder. 

Dual diagnosis recovery centers, like Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center, are trained to handle these multifaceted disorders in their entirety. We have the psychiatric training to oversee a medical detox, a personalized counseling plan, and an aftercare program. We offer fully integrated and customized treatment programs that aim to achieve the goals outlined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

  • To help patients better understand their depression;
  • To teach and empower patients to make the changes necessary for healing;
  • To equip patients with the coping skills needed to change thoughts and behaviors; and
  • To help patients pinpoint their triggers and handle them in a healthy way.


A Holistic Approach to Treating Depression and Substance Abuse

In order to best achieve these goals and promote lifelong healing, Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center takes a holistic approach to depression and addiction treatment in conjunction with traditional methods of therapy and medicine. This approach ensures that all facets of both disorders are addressed through one all-inclusive form of therapy. 

In holistic healing, the entire human — his or her spiritual, emotional, environmental, and physical being — is treated in a noninvasive, cost-effective, and natural way. This method requires patients to be proactive and make changes to their lifestyle, which reduces their chances of relapse in the future. Instead of relying primarily on prescription drugs as a temporary fix for the side-effects of depression and withdrawal, our holistic treatment balances the mind, body, and soul and modifies behaviors through individual and group therapy. 

This is not to say that we don’t embrace the benefits of medication; we believe that medication is a critical component of dual diagnosis treatment, and many of our patients have benefited from antidepressants and other non-addictive prescription drugs. It takes a lot of trial and error to find the right medication for each person, but our supportive staff is here for you along the way.


Take Back Control of Your Life. Find Help Near You in Arizona.

If you’ve been needlessly suffering from the effects of a dual diagnosis, it’s not too late to break the cycle. Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center is here to help you work through your depression and addiction in a safe and supportive healing environment. Call us at (877) 777-5150 to learn more about our treatment options and find out how you can get your life back on track. We’re proud to serve patients all over Scottsdale and Prescott, Arizona.