The relationship between depression and substance abuse often demands that sufferers receive dual diagnosis treatment. These conditions present at the same time due to a myriad of reasons. Depression can cause those who suffer from it to seek relief in drugs or alcohol. They may find that when they drink, smoke, or inject a particular substance, it can dull the uncomfortable feelings that depression produces. The longer they go without seeking appropriate treatment for their depression, the more likely that they will develop a chemical dependency problem as well. In some cases, a substance abuse problem can precede the onset of depression. The consumption of both depressants and stimulants can trigger the beginning of depression, as those who use them can experience significant emotional shifts while high or during withdrawal.
Las Encinas Hospital takes a comprehensive approach to substance abuse. Our Pasadena center offers dual diagnosis treatment that simultaneously addresses issues of chemical dependence and mental illness. Call us today at (888) 348-2165 to schedule a consultation with a substance abuse counselor.