Treatment for Addicts with Clinical Depression

Substance abuse is not itself a disease; rather, it is a symptom of the disease of addiction. Often, addiction is precipitated by other mental illnesses. Clinical depression is a common trigger for addiction – the use of substances is often an attempt by the individual to self-medicate. This leads to a vicious cycle as both diseases feed into each other, a cycle that can only be broken by treating both conditions simultaneously. What, then, do you have to keep in mind when seeking treatment as an addicted person suffering from clinical depression?

It is important to be open and honest with the staff when entering treatment. Communicate about any feelings of hopelessness, trouble sleeping, anxiety, or any other symptoms you experience while receiving treatment. If you are suffering from clinical depression, it is just as important to treat your depression as it is your substance abuse. This situation is known as dual-diagnosis, and it is imperative that both illnesses receive care and treatment. Leaving your depression unchecked can easily result in a relapse upon exiting the treatment center.

Medication is the primary tool used by psychologists to treat clinical depression when it accompanies substance abuse. Take advantage of this opportunity to establish a medication regimen that addresses your depression completely before leaving the controlled environment of treatment and returning to your life outside. Listen to your doctor’s instructions when it comes to medication dosages and frequency of administration. Deviating from your doctor’s prescribed plan will only make it harder for you and your doctor to determine what medication program works best for you.

Clinical depression is a daily struggle for people across the United States. It can often lead to substance abuse and addiction, as you try to alleviate the mental anguish you are experiencing using the only tools familiar to you. It is possible to achieve sobriety as a person suffering from depression, as long as you remain committed to your treatment program and communicate openly with the clinical staff about any symptoms you are experiencing. Evolutions Treatment Center is able to help those addicts with dual diagnoses. Call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and let us help you rid yourself of the burden of substance abuse.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or