Depression and Addiction

How Depression Leads to Substance Abuse in New Jersey

Many people don’t understand why people turn to drugs or alcohol. In New Jersey, the opioid epidemic has been claiming thousands of lives each year according to the Department of Health. Aside from opioids, there are also hundreds of deaths attributed to the abuse of substances like cocaine, meth, alcohol, and benzodiazepines. With so many lives being ruined by addiction, it makes one wonder why people turn to these substances in the first place. The fact of the matter is that one of the leading causes of substance abuse is mental illness, and one of the most prevalent forms of mental illness is depression.

Depression in New Jersey

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that approximately 15.7 million adults in the United States suffer from depression each year. Although depression is extremely common, there are still a lot of misconceptions about what depression actually is. Depression is still a highly stigmatized mental illness because many people believe that it’s something that a person can just snap out of. This is even more true in the United States where the quality of life is much better than in some countries that are stricken by poverty and disease. Unfortunately, when it comes to depression, your financial and social status don’t matter as much as you think. 

Depression can stem from a variety of different factors, including genetics. If depression runs in your family, you’re at more of a risk of developing it due to certain genes being associated with this mental illness. Depression can also be episodic, which means that it’s the result of life circumstances. If you’ve recently lost a loved one, a relationship, a job or have experienced another hardship, you may experience a depressive episode that can last for months. Sadly, because of the stigma around depression, many people don’t seek treatment.

Self-Medicating Depression with Alcohol and Drugs

Many people in New Jersey are fully aware of the risks of drinking and using drugs, but when you’re depressed, these seem like the only way out. You may be like thousands of others in New Jersey who drink or use drugs as a way to cope with your depression, but you may have found that these substances only work for a short period of time. Drugs and alcohol give you a short-lived dopamine boost that makes you feel a little better, but you become more depressed as you come down. And for those who begin abusing substances regularly, you begin to have problems at work and at home, which result in more feelings of depression.

Addiction and Depression Treatment in New Jersey

If you live in New Jersey and have developed an addiction as a result of self-medicating your depression, allow Enlightened Solutions to help. We’re a drug and alcohol treatment facility that specializes in dual diagnosis treatment. This means that not only do we help you overcome your addiction, but we can also help with treating your depression. Through various forms of medical and holistic treatment, you’ll find that you can beat your depression without having to pick up a drink or a drug. This will give you a new freedom, and you’ll see that there’s an incredible life waiting for you. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at 833-233-7336.

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