When someone with depression also has an addiction to alcohol or drugs, they’re said to have a dual diagnosis. Some recovery professionals use the term “co-occurring disorders” to describe a diagnosis of addiction and depression in the same person. Since there’s such a strong link between depression and substance abuse, it’s important for people with co-occurring depression and co-occurring addiction to get comprehensive treatment from professionals who understand the difficulty of treating more than one mental health condition at the same time.
Signs of Substance Use Disorder
Like many mental health conditions, substance use disorder causes a wide variety of symptoms. Many of these symptoms are behavioural in nature, including the following:
- Showing up late to work or school
- Sudden changes in hygiene
- Secretive behaviour
- Legal problems stemming from alcohol or drug use
- Financial instability
- Problems getting along with others
Addiction also causes many emotional changes, especially when a user takes two or more substances at the same time. They may get into frequent arguments, display a high level of irritability, make excuses for their poor behaviour, blame other people for their drinking or drug use, behave in an obnoxious manner or demonstrate little to no interest in their usual activities. Physical signs of addiction include pale skin, sudden weight loss, dilated pupils, red eyes and excessive sniffling that can’t be explained by allergies or an illness.
Treatment for Addiction and Mental Illness
People with co-occurring disorders need specialised substance abuse treatment delivered by experienced mental health professionals. No two individuals are exactly the same, so a successful treatment plan is typically customised according to each patient’s unique physical, emotional and social needs. In some cases, treatment is more effective if it begins with medical detoxification, which provides an opportunity to eliminate harmful substances from the body under the supervision of licensed professionals who can prescribe medications to make withdrawal symptoms more manageable.
Addiction and Depression Treatment in a Peaceful Setting
If you have depression and an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you don’t have to let your mental health conditions control your life. Seeking addiction treatment is the first step to improving your mental health and reaching your full potential. Whether you have an opioid addiction or a history of cocaine abuse, the experienced staff members at Clinic Les Alpes are ready to help you recover. Call (877) 630-4284 to schedule an assessment. Clinic Les Alpes offers stunning views of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps, giving you a peaceful place to rest and recover from your dual diagnosis.