If you drink because you’re feeling down, you might be exacerbating your problem. According to the Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions, people suffering from alcohol use disorder, or AUD, are four times more likely to experience depression than people who don’t drink. Alcohol is a depressant. Consequently, when you drink it, depression may worsen. Depression and alcohol are closely linked, and either one can cause the other. However, help is available for dual diagnoses such as these, and AspenRidge Recovery, in Fort Collins, CO is only a phone call away.
Why Do People Drink When They’re Sad or Stressed?
Alcohol affects your brain by releasing chemicals called endorphins. These are the “feel good” chemicals that rush through your nerve endings and make you feel buzzed. It’s a good feeling initially, with loss of inhibition and fading away of stress. You’re able to forget your problems for a short period and just focus on having fun.
Unfortunately, good feelings like these can be addictive, especially for people who have trouble relaxing and handling stress. They may cause you to drink too much alcohol or too frequently, in turn leading to an alcohol use disorder. In situations such as these, it’s the depression that causes the AUD. But sometimes, things happen in reverse order.
Why Does Alcohol Sometimes Make Me Feel Worse?
Alcohol is, by definition, a depressant. It slows your brain activity and central nervous system. For this reason, doctors sometimes prescribe depressants as sedatives and tranquilizers to treat anxiety. The side effects of these drugs can make it difficult to function normally and may include:
- Memory loss
- Poor concentration
If you ingest alcohol daily, in large amounts, side effects such as these may become routine, making you feel depressed and abnormal. You may find it hard to get through a shift of work or a day of school. You may find it difficult to function when you get home in the evening. It may be difficult to perform the chores necessary to live a high quality of life, such as cleaning your home or caring for your hygiene. In this instance, it is alcohol use that causes the symptoms of depression.
Help for Depression and Alcohol
Someone who suffers from both depression and alcohol use disorder need a dual diagnosis for treatment to be effective. A dual diagnosis treats both the addiction and any co-occurring disorders that happen simultaneously. Common conditions that occur alongside substance use disorder include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, panic, and bipolar disorders, but there are many more.
If you or someone you love is struggling, AspenRidge Recovery in Fort Collins, CO, can help.
Recover From Depression and Alcohol at AspenRidge
AspenRidge Recovery offers a 90-day treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction in Fort Collins, CO. Situated on a private, serene campus surrounded by the glorious Rocky Mountains, AspenRidge Recovery provides resort-level care for clients who battle substance use disorder, trauma, depression, and more. Our home-like atmosphere and kind and experienced staff make AspenRidge a number-one choice for clients in Fort Collins and Lakewood, Colorado.
If you’re stuck in a destructive loop caused by depression and alcohol, and you’re ready to reach out and claim recovery. Our knowledgeable representatives will take your call, answer your questions, and help get you started on your road to recovery. We offer a variety of therapies and resources that are sure to work for you, including:
- Neurofeedback therapy
- Life skills training
- Partial hospitalization
- Sober living facilities
- Solid aftercare resources
AspenRidge Recovery will help you reclaim your life and find the future you deserve. Call 866.957.6941. Shake off the bonds of substance use disorder, past trauma, and other mental health issues when you choose AspenRidge Recovery.