It is often the case that both substance abuse and depression can evolve from small issues into much larger ones. It may be necessary to take a step back and consider how things have changed in the past six months or more and see whether or not issues have become increasingly more significant to determine whether or not it is time to take action.
Some of the signs of depression include:
- Ongoing sadness or anxiety
- Low energy
- Unhealthy sleep patterns (e.g., sleeping too much or too little)
- Unhealthy eating patterns (e.g., eating too much or too little)
- Chronic fatigue
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Lack of interest in hobbies
- An inability to take pleasure in things
- Lower libido
- Feelings of helplessness, guilt, or worthlessness
- Decreased ability to make decisions, focus, or remember things
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
Signs of substance abuse and addiction include:
- Increased isolation from friends and family
- Experiencing issues at work and at home (e.g., often late to work or unable to manage commitments at home)
- Experiencing financial issues (e.g., never enough money to pay bills)
- Experiencing legal issues (e.g., arrest for driving under the influence, buying or selling drugs, etc.)
- Possession of drugs and/or paraphernalia
- Often complaining of feeling ill or tired
- Extreme mood swings from highly interactive and feeling good to irritable and aloof
Ultimately, if someone is drinking and using drugs and unable to stop on his own despite multiple attempts and if he struggles with depression despite his best intentions to create positive change in his life, it’s time to seek treatment at a program that has the resources to address both disorders simultaneously.
If you or a loved one has been dealing with an addiction of any nature or if you need help getting through to an addict, contact us today. We can provide you with quality treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Don’t wait. Call now.