Winter Blues? Sad? Struggling with Addiction?

Hibiscus flower at drug rehab

Struggling with Addiction this Winter? It’s dark in the morning and dark in the afternoon. The holidays are over and spring is way off in the far too-distant future. It’s cold. This is the season when depression sets in deep. As if compulsive drug use, drug addiction, drinking alcohol and alcoholism aren’t difficult enough, this time of year makes struggling with addiction extra unbearable. Winter blues (or seasonal affective disorder, SAD), pill taking, depression, alcoholic drinking and addiction often go hand in hand. This is also an especially trying time for anyone in recovery to be prone to relapse. Dark and cold days give way to long and icy nights. For anyone recovering or suffering from alcoholism or other addiction, this time of year is fraught with the temptation to try to escape with drugs and alcohol. If this sounds familiar…

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Addiction & Anxiety & Depression: Co-Occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorder

Co-occurring Disorders – What does this mean? The term co-occurring disorder replaces the terms dual disorder and dual diagnosis. This refers to an individual who has a co-existing mental illness and a substance-use disorder. Working in the addiction field, we hear the term co-occurring disorder often. We believe that addiction manifests in many ways. We also believe there is one basic body, mind, and spirit holistic solution. Mental illness is broad in scope. It ranges from acute psychosis to multiple personality disorder. Agoraphobia, transient anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD are included. There is no one cure or treatment for all diseases. Similarly, there is no one cure or treatment for all ‘mental disorders’. We have found that most people with alcoholism or addiction, also suffer from some form of co-occuring disorders or mental health issue. Most common are anxiety and/or depression. To a varying degree,…

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The Surprising Link Between Depression and Drug Addiction

The Surprising Link Between Depression and Drug Addiction

The Surprising Link Between Depression and Drug Addiction What is the real connection between drug addiction and depression? You might not know it, but there is a lot of evidence that ties together the incidences of both drug addiction (including alcoholism) and the various kinds of clinical depression. Depression (including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder) predispose someone toward a higher rate of drug addiction or abuse—or alcoholism. The link can be further confusing since addiction to alcohol and many other depressant drugs can also cause depression. But the good news is that a positive-minded program of drug treatment at a rehab center can help you to overcome addiction, and journey toward recovery. Click here to learn more about how addiction impacts your health in other ways. Often Addiction Comes from Wanting to Numb Pain Have you ever thought about losing…

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