For many, mood and mental health disorders are gateways to addiction. Nowhere is this truer than with depression. In fact, for millions of Americans, depression and alcohol go hand-in-hand. If you are struggling with both depression and addiction, this article is for you. We\u2019ll go over how these two issues exacerbate each other and what you can do to get help.\r\nDepression and Addiction \u2013 Partners in Crime\r\nWe all have bad days at one point or another. It might be a bad review at work, a sick child or loved one who\u2019s causing you worry, money troubles, or any number of other things. Most of the time, these issues are resolvable, and these down periods eventually end.\r\n\r\nBut for some, \u201cdown periods\u201d last longer than normal. Those who struggle with chronic depression may find that they miss work because they literally can\u2019t bring themselves to get out of bed in the morning. They may stop going to work or school altogether and sleep all day, staying awake at night, unable to fall asleep.\r\n\r\nThese periods of depression last for weeks, months, or even years with some individuals. And over time, the troubled thoughts, feelings, and emotions can lead to substance abuse. This, soon, turns into substance addiction.\r\n\r\nLikewise, the opposite evolution can occur. Certain drugs like alcohol have been known to spur depression when they are abused. No matter the exact order of these mental disorders, depression and addiction are surely \u201cpartners in crime.\u201d And when someone struggles with depression and addiction, this is what we call a dual diagnosis.\r\nWhat Is a Dual Diagnosis?\r\nDual diagnosis is the diagnosis of both an addiction and a mood or mental health disorder like depression. When a client receives a dual diagnosis at our recovery center, Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, FL, we have special therapies that can help them find solace and sobriety in treatment. These therapies include:\r\n\r\n \tAnger management\r\n \tDialectical behavioral therapy or DBT\r\n \tCognitive behavioral therapy or CBT\r\n \tFamily therapy\r\n \tPTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder therapy\r\n \tGroup therapy\r\n\r\nThe focus of this dual diagnosis treatment is to treat both the depression and the addiction. It is essential that each of these issues is treated individually instead of simply focusing on the addiction itself or the depression itself. However, for many decades, this was the way that treatment centers cared for dual diagnosis patients.\r\nSeeking Professional Help for Depression and Addiction\r\nAt Beaches Recovery, we do our best to screen for dual diagnosis when patients arrive. We examine whether depression or any other mood or mental health disorder is present when we intake a client for addiction treatment services. Our programs are specifically designed for you or your loved one\u2019s individual needs. We never abide by a one-size-fits-all model of treatment.\r\n\r\nIf you are struggling with both addiction and depression or know someone who is, call Beaches Recovery today at <a href='tel:8666050532'>866.605.0532</a> to learn more about our programs. We look forward to working with you on your journey to recovery.