Handling Depression and Feelings of Loneliness
Depression can take over your world and your entire emotional wellbeing. Feelings of being lonely, isolated and hopeless can sneak in as depression worsens. Without getting support you are likely to find yourself in a vicious cycle of depression, loneliness and even addiction, as you compensate for your negative feelings with drugs and alcohol. Even if you are depressed, lonely and addicted, help is available.
Getting Depression Help
There is a misconception about depression, as many people mistakenly believe that feeling a little down or a little blue is similar to depression. However depression is more than a mental issue. Depression affects every aspect of life, and this means that depression treatment help has to include several forms of therapy. Treatment for depression may include the following:
- Prescription medications such as antidepressants and antianxiety drugs may help with chemical imbalances that can be contributing to the depression
- Counseling sessions can help break the depression cycle and determine what may have triggered the depression in the first place
- When a person is depressed and addicted, treatment may need to include detox and addiction rehab
Entering into an integrated treatment program that offers help for depression and addiction provides treatment for you as a whole. Some programs simply treat the addiction or the depression individually, but this will not provide lasting recovery for either issue.
Depressed, Lonely and Addicted
Loneliness and addiction often accompany depression. As people become more depressed, they often withdraw from social and family situations which can contribute to their loneliness. Friends and family members often don’t know how to help someone who is displaying the signs of severe depression and addiction and may withdraw out of confusion or misunderstanding. Abusing alcohol and taking drugs often occurs when a person is attempting to self-medicate an emotional or mental trauma that may be contributing to depression. This can lead a depressed person to drink when alone. Having a drink when depressed is never advisable, as alcohol acts as a system depressant and further contributes to the depression.
Getting Depression Help
When you feel like giving up, feel hopeless or find yourself taking a drink when alone, it is time to reach out for help. Call our toll-free depression helpline and talk with one of our compassionate counselors. They can offer workable solutions for those who are depressed, lonely and addicted. We are here 24 hours a day to provide you with the help that you need and in any capacity that we can. Please give us a call and help us to get your life back on track. Depression and addiction do not need to control your life; let us show you how to combat them both.