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Alcohol Rehab Addiction Treatment and Depression

Alcohol rehab, Heritage Home is well informed and recognizes that alcoholism is prevalent among all ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. We also understand that a large percentage of individuals with an alcohol addiction also may have a problem with depression.

“Depression is much more than simple unhappiness. Clinical depression, sometimes called major depression, is a "mood disorder" that is a significant mental health problem.”- defined by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Depression can become a serious problem especially if it is untreated. According to Health Canada and Statistics Canada, approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives and around 1% will experience bipolar disorder. There is also a possibility that a number of them are either misdiagnosed or do not seek proper treatment.

Alcohol and depression are a common combination that often can have devastating effects when not treated. Also it can become complicated to care for each of these conditions.

Alcohol Addiction and Depression: A Hazardous Combination

One of the major problems for those that suffer from an alcohol addiction and depression is that they may worsen each condition. People who suffer from chronic depression may be likely to abuse alcohol to help self-medicate their symptoms. Alcohol is a depressant. When someone suffers from depression and abuses alcohol they are in fact worsening their depressive symptoms.

Alcohol Rehab and Depression

People who enter into an alcohol rehab program while suffering from depression simultaneously are at higher risk of relapse and possible suicide. Their condition is referred to as either dual diagnosis, co-occurring or concurrent disorder and requires integrated care that is not always available at most treatment centers.

Alcohol Rehab-What Makes a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center Different?

The needs of someone who suffers from concurrent depression and alcohol addiction are different from those that only suffer from one condition (not both at the same time). With our team of dedicated addiction counsellors, psychotherapists, staff psychiatrist, physician and nurse, Heritage Home is able to work closely together to address every aspect of the client’s dual diagnosis that is required to make certain that he/she receives suitable treatment.

Basically with integrated care our medical team helps the individual client cope with their depression, while our addiction counsellors, psychotherapists and support staff will work on the addiction component. These two must be treated immediately to make sure that all areas are being addressed properly.

This is a challenge because there can be an overlap between the symptoms for each of the conditions – and each tends to worsen the other.

Some symptoms that overlap among alcoholism and depression consist of:

  • Withdrawal from activities you’ve once enjoyed, friends and family
  • Irritability and sudden mood swings
  • Thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself
  • Excessive sleep or insomnia

Heritage Home Foundation is a residential alcohol rehab addiction treatment center located in Godmanchester, Quebec. The clinical team at Heritage works closely with clients that have concurrent disorders or dual diagnosis and provides the highest quality of integrated care. Contact Heritage Home at 1-877-777-4386 for additional information.