Connection between Depression, Addiction and Physical Health

Mental or psychological disorders such as depression are often directly related to substance abuse and physical health issues. Treatment of one of these may need to involve the treatment of the others as well.

Psychological Disorders and Addiction

The high brought on by drug or alcohol abuse directly impacts the reward center of the brain. This is the part of the brain that manages psychological functions that drive most human behavior. Psychological disorders such as depression are felt by this same part of the brain. Drugs and alcohol block the symptoms of depression, anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorders or other psychological dysfunction for a short time. The part of the brain that craves the psychological relief of substance abuse is much more powerful than rational thought. This is why people with depression or other psychological struggles are at a significantly higher risk for developing an addiction than people who are emotionally healthy. The majority of addicts suffer from at least one co-occurring mental health issue.

The Deterioration of Physical Health Due to Addiction

Ongoing substance abuse causes physical damage to the following areas of health:

  • Respiratory
  • Neurological
  • Cognitive
  • Cardiac
  • Circulatory
  • Vascular
  • Immunological
  • Muscular

Ongoing substance abuse also causes a person to forgo previously important activities and to change their overall behavior. This can result in a negative impact on overall health due to the following:

  • Risky sexual activity
  • Accidental injury or death
  • Loss of interest in healthy diet and exercise
  • Self-destructive behavior such as cutting or suicide attempts
  • Overdose

Integrated Treatment Options and Lasting Addiction Recovery
The most successful contemporary treatment facilities offer fully integrated treatment of the physical and psychological effects of addiction as well as the treatment of any and all co-occurring psychological disorders. This is best accomplished through proven therapeutic techniques such as the following:

  • Personal counseling of various types
  • Dual Diagnosis treatment of all co-occurring diagnoses
  • Support group meetings
  • Introduction to healthy coping and relaxation techniques
  • Meditation, yoga, acupuncture and other new-age or experimental tools
  • Activities that build physical health and strength
  • Healthy diet
  • Preparation for a healthy life after treatment

These comprehensive rehab programs offer patients physical and mental healing in a comfortable and restful environment that allows total focus on recovery.

Find Comprehensive Help for Co-Occurring Issues Today

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, addiction or other related issues, please call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night. Our counselors can help you connect the dots between your substance abuse and the underlying depression you wrestle with. We can connect you with the best treatment programs for your specific needs. Now is the right time to get help. Pick up the phone and call.