There is a link between alcoholism and depression. Suicide and self-harm are more common among people, who have alcohol problems, compared to those who do not. Sometimes binge drink or drinking too much can make people depressed; other times people with alcohol problems tend to drink when they are depressed and anxious. Either way, alcohol alters brain chemistry and this increases the likelihood of depression. Also, when you are a consummate alcoholic, you will find life depressing, as you will be getting into fights with loved ones, having problems at work and dealing with sexual problems and memory issues.
Both alcoholism and depression require treatment if you want to overcome them. Here are some dos and don’ts that our substance abuse facility feels can help you survive both problems.
- Do seek treatment for your alcoholism and depression. Usually, it is best to treat the alcoholism first and then focus on your depression.
- Do take your medications as prescribed by your therapist.
- Don’t give in to the temptation to drink. Instead divert your attention to something you enjoy doing until the feeling disappears.
- Do join a group to help you cope with your feelings. Alcoholism and depression can make you feel lonely and alienated from the world.
- Don’t get angry with your loved ones or push them away when they show concern for you. It is equally frustrating for them to see you like this.
- Do be honest with your therapist and psychiatrist about what you are feeling. It will help you a lot.
- Do be honest to yourself about your alcohol problem and depression. Both can be successfully treated with proper intervention. But you need to take the first step.
- Do take up hobbies to divert your mind when you get the urge to drink. Physical activities, such as jogging, swimming and cycling, will release endorphins, which will have a positive effect on your state of mind.
- Don’t wallow in self-pity.
- Do set small goals that you can achieve. This will keep you motivated and help you overcome adversities during your recovery programs.
Alcoholism and depression are treatable with proper counseling and treatment. If you are suffering from one or both problems, don’t wait to seek treatment. Contact us today to let us help you help yourself.