Depression and anxiety are very serious mental illnesses and also two of the leading causes of addiction. You may have started to have the symptoms of mental illness and not known what to do about them. Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol is often the easiest way to feel better, but then it becomes a problem. You may also be one of the people who became addicted to the medications you\u2019ve taken for mental illness.\r\nUnderstanding Depression and Anxiety\r\nAnxiety is something that\u2019s completely normal and happens to everyone, but some individuals have a different experience of these issues. It\u2019s important to understand that anxiety is part of our survival instincts that help us steer clear of danger. When a danger is present, the part of the brain called the amygdala reacts as our fight, flight or freeze response. Some of the symptoms that occur when this response happens can include:\r\n\r\n \tMuch faster thought process\r\n \tSweating\r\n \tIncreased heart rate\r\n \tLarge pupils\r\n \tAdrenaline\r\n\r\nThis part of the brain is supposed to deactivate once the danger or threat is gone, but it\u2019s different with an anxiety disorder. Those with an anxiety disorder have this part of the brain triggered when the threat isn\u2019t really a threat. There are also issues when this part of the brain doesn\u2019t deactivate when the danger is gone. Others with a Generalized Anxiety Disorder have anxiety triggered sporadically for no clear reason.\r\n\r\nMuch like anxiety, depression is a normal symptom, but it\u2019s having debilitating sadness to an extreme extent that causes problems. There are chemicals in our brain that are supposed to help us feel joy and optimism. These chemicals are lowered when something makes us sad, but eventually, they elevate in healthy individuals, causing the sensation of joy again. Those with depression have a brain that has difficulties creating the chemicals that let us feel joy.\r\nHow Depression and Anxiety Lead to Addiction\r\nThe symptoms of depression and anxiety can form at any point in a person\u2019s life, but it often happens to young people. During teen brain development, you are at a much higher risk of these symptoms beginning to form. Without knowing what\u2019s happening or who to turn to, the brain\u2019s response is to seek out pleasure. Alcohol or drugs may have been your way of feeling happy when depressed or feeling peaceful when anxious.\r\n\r\nThe problem is that humans, much like other living creatures, form habits through reward-based learning. From the moment your brain makes the connection that alcohol or drugs make you feel better, it\u2019s risky. The brain logs this memory to give you the idea to do that again the next time you experience depression and anxiety. Repeating this habit eventually leads you to be on autopilot, immediately turning to drugs or alcohol.\r\nOvercoming Depression and Anxiety in Drug Treatment\r\nBeaches Recovery specializes in dual diagnosis treatment because we understand the links between mental illness and addiction. Alcohol and anxiety often go hand-in-hand as well as substances used for depression. Our goal isn\u2019t just to teach you how to overcome your addiction but how to manage your mental illness in healthy ways. We use different therapeutic techniques to help you become the driver of your own mind.\r\n\r\nWe understand that without treating your mental illness, recovery is going to be an extremely difficult journey. Depression and alcohol don't mix, though many suffering with an alcohol addiction fail to realize this. Through individual and group therapy, you\u2019ll receive suggestions on how to cope with mental illness. We\u2019ve helped many people who are just like you go on to live much healthier and happier lives. With our help, you\u2019ll be able to begin healing yourself and the relationships with those around you.\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t hesitate to call us today at 8666050532 so we can get you started on a path to sober living where your addiction and mental illness are in remission.