Dual Diagnosis

Depression and addiction

Clinical depression is defined as “a depression so severe as to be considered abnormal, either because of no obvious environmental causes, or because the reaction to unfortunate life circumstances is more intense or prolonged than would generally be expected.” Mayoclinic.org states the signs and symptoms may include:

• Depressed mood, such as feeling sad, empty or tearful (in children and teens, depressed mood can appear as constant irritability).
• Significant reduced interest or feeling no pleasure in all or most activities.
• Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite (in children, failure to gain weight is expected).
• Insomnia or increased desire to sleep.
• Either restlessness or slowed behavior that can be observed by others.
• Fatigue or loss of energy.
• Feelings or worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt.
• Trouble making decisions, or trouble thinking or concentrating.
• Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or a suicide attempt.

Depression is a silent killer because of the stigma surrounding it. Most people think that pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, and getting on with your life can defeat depression. For the clinically depressed person, this is not so easy. Clinical depression will interfere with work, school, hobbies, and relationships, and the fact that it does interfere with the most important things in life only fuels the depression and feelings of hopelessness.

In today’s world of over-prescribing medications, too much negative television consumption and comparing ourselves to others on social media, often coming up short, it is difficult to pin point whether someone has clinical depression or not. This task becomes even more difficult when you throw alcoholism or addiction in the mix. When alcoholism or addiction is present, it becomes a question or what came first, the depression or the addiction.

Alcohol is a depressant; therefore over a period of time of heavy drinking, depression will occur, to varying degrees. And with addiction to anything, more often than not, the person will do things while drinking or using that will create enormous amounts of guilt and shame, which lead to more drinking and using. This shame and guilt and the vicious cycle of it, can most definitely create depression.

More often than not, the depressed addict will go see a doctor, but not be fully honest about their situation, and will get medication to help with the depression. In this case the depression is not the main issue; it’s the addiction. Then there is the truly clinically depressed person who struggles 24-7 year round. Confused and saddened by their predicament, they will turn to alcohol and drugs to try and solve their depression. The depression gets a little better but is never fully gone which then perpetuates the cycle of drinking and using to solve the issue of depression, when actually more help is needed.

Good treatment centers will discern which type of depression is present in the client and act accordingly, and will help create a pathway to which each type will be able to find long lasting recovery.

Drug Withdrawal

Drug Detox Withdrawal Symptoms can vary. Depending on the class of drug involved, the withdrawal symptoms can vary in severity, duration and intensity. Contributing factors to individual drug withdrawal symptoms include:

The length of drug or alcohol addiction.
Any combination of drugs abused with or without alcohol.
The extent of drug dependency at the time treatment is entered.
All co-occurring mental or emotional disorders.

That said, there are common withdrawal symptoms that frequently occur regardless of the user’s drug of choice. Some of the most common are the following:

  • Serious mood disturbances, including extreme mood swings, agitation and intense irritability. These issues alone can make the detox process daunting and impossible without professional emotional support.
  • Physical discomfort including intense flu-like symptoms such as chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating and tremors. Without appropriate medical intervention these can become extreme and could be potentially life threatening.
  • Sleep disruptions and disturbances that make rest impossible, despite exhaustion and physical fatigue.
  • Insatiable drug craving, specifically the drug of choice, creating strong desires and impulses to use, stoping withdrawal symptoms. This can be insurmountable for users, and most will not be able to continue on their own.

Each drug and drug family has substance specific symptoms. Opioids, including heroin, cause extreme joint and muscle pain, as well as abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting as they clear the body. Alcohol withdrawal can cause mood altering anxiety, nervousness and agitation, along with fast heart rate, seizures and disorientation. With stimulant withdrawal, including cocaine and crystal meth, depression, hallucinations, paranoia are common.

What is the safest way to Detox?

The Recovery Center Network is the best link to medically sound, detox safe facilities in Orange County, CA. We have our client’s safety and wellbeing in mind when we refer specific medical detoxification centers. Have questions about how it works? No problem. Our support staff can answer any question and address any concern you may have before entering a detox program.

While it is rare, life threatening withdrawal symptoms can occur, and serious health issues that require urgent medical attention can result. The impatient detox programs we work closely with provide exceptional 24 hour medical care and monitoring.

Types of Detox available through The Recovery Center Network

It is important to note that depending on different variables, not all detox programs are advisable for all clients. We work with each client to provide appropriate detox programs within our extensive network.

Inpatient Detox Programs

Whether clients are at a high risk of relapse, need urgent medical care for drug or alcohol abuse or simply desire a structured, secure detox setting, The Recovery Network Center can help. Many of the Inpatient Detox facilities we work with have packages that include 24/7 inpatient detox treatment coupled with residential sober living and outpatient treatment plans for long term clean living.

Clients who come to us seeking drug detoxification from the following substances will be referred to inpatient detox for maximum success and safety:

Opioid Detox including detox from Heroin, Oxycodone, Percocet, Hydrocodone and Methadone.
Alcohol Detox
Benzodiazepines including Valium, Xanax and Ativan.

We specialize in connecting clients with drug, alcohol and opiate detox centers adept in reducing symptoms of withdrawal. Giving clients peace of mind during this otherwise painful process must remain a top priority. While the level of withdrawal intensity each individual client faces during drug detox will vary, the level of quality clinical and comprehensive care will remain constant. The Recovery Center Network proudly provides an extensive network of highly successful opiate detox and alcohol detox programs to clients from all over the country.

There a literally dozens of detox facilities located in Orange County, but The Recovery Center Network only works with programs adhering to the highest standards. We know that the one common factor in delay of treatment for drug addiction is the fear of detox. All clients deserve access to the best detoxification programs available, giving them the option to seek lifelong sobriety through drug rehabilitation and recovery services.