Alcoholism and Depression Treatment at Morningside RecoveryEveryone deals with depression at some point in their life. When things go south, it’s common for people to get down on themselves and most of the time, these feelings eventually go away. Unfortunately, some people turn to alcohol to alleviate their symptoms. Understanding the link between alcoholism and depression can prevent someone you love from falling victim to the grasp of addiction.

In some cases, depression persists for weeks, months or even years at a time. When this occurs, these are common signs of major depression, a mental illness characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in many things that one used to enjoy. This form of depression can lead to a wide range of emotional, psychological and physical problems that eventually take over their entire life.

What is the Connection Between Depression and Alcohol Abuse?

There’s a strong correlation between alcoholism and depression. When someone is dealing with both of these, they can seem impossible to deal with. Some may ask which one comes first, but the truth is that either one is possible.

Oftentimes, patients will drink compulsively to cope with their constant feelings of sadness of hopelessness. The pain they feel at times is so great that the only way they feel that they can cope with it is to drink and do drugs. In many cases, patients struggling with alcoholism also suffer from depression and don’t truly realize just how much the two fuel each other.

Most often, some patients will experience some symptoms of depression during their addictions and even when they get sober. While this is perfectly normal for most recovering addicts, there are many who do struggle with a legitimate co-occurring mental illness like major depression and may require some additional psychiatric help.

“Morningside has one of the most comprehensive dual diagnosis programs I’ve ever seen. We are also problem-focused rather than symptom-focused, which is unlike the majority of treatment models. So for these cases, we know that the priority is unpacking the depression, so that we can then successfully manage the moods and emotional stressors behind a client’s alcoholism.” – Dr. Grasso

Treating Alcoholism and Depression at Morningside Recovery

At Morningside Recovery, we specialize in dual diagnosis treatment, which treats patients struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders like depression. It places equal focus on the addiction and mental health treatment of the individual and ensures that both sides of the patient’s condition are addressed. The complex relationship between alcoholism and depression requires help from specialists who can properly assess the severity of one’s condition and take the appropriate actions needed to treat them.

While many signs of depression are seen in patients who struggle with addiction or who are in early recovery, these depressive feelings may persist and it’s important that these patients get the help they need.

Morningside Recovery has a clinical team of specialists who treat not only addiction, but its underlying causes as well. All of our therapists are well educated at the Master’s or Doctorate level and have extensive knowledge of the psychological issues that influence addiction. In conjunction with specialized therapists, clients will also receive in-depth psychiatric care to ensure that they receive any medication that’s necessary to treat their condition.

We also offer various traditional and alternative therapy options that give clients a variety of options they can gain insight from as well as the individual attention they need. For instance, many individuals benefit from beginning treatment at our alcohol detox center in Orange County.

Furthermore, we provide various programs that are tailored to meet the individual needs of each client in a real-world model program. This program operates with high levels of supervision in a communal setting. This allows us to provide adequate support to our clients while supervising them in a real-world context. This gives them a little more freedom than other treatment centers and helps them to transition smoothly into sober living after they complete treatment.

Our therapy services offer a variety of mental health treatment options for clients. Some of these programs include:

If you’re ready to take the next step in your addiction recovery journey with our residential detox programs in Orange County, call Morningside Recovery today at 855-416-8202.