Substance abuse is common among people who are battling depression as they turn to relieve feelings of sadness, worthlessness and loneliness with drugs or alcohol. With alcohol acting as a central nervous system depressant, the use of this drug tends to trigger depression symptoms like lethargy, sadness and hopelessness. However, many depressed individuals reach for drugs however, creating a vicious cycle.
According to the World Health Organization, 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide and 20 percent also have a substance use disorder. Some physical symptoms of depression may include: physical exhaustion, unwanted weight loss or gain, or low energy and sleepiness. If left untreated, can negatively affect one’s personal relationships, career, and long-term mental and physical health. Untreated depression can lead to obesity, diabetes, or malnutrition. It can also lead to heart disease, compromise your immune system, and potentially increase your chances of death from disease or suicide.
Signs of depression may include:
- Loss of energy
- Mood swings
- Feeling sluggish, mentally and physically
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Weight gain or loss
- Reckless behavior
- Overwhelming sense of hopelessness and despair
- Thoughts of suicide
- Body aches and pains
- Inability to concentrate
JourneyPure Serenity Network knows the importance of good mental health and that treating the addiction alone will not result in long-term recovery. If you or a loved one are suffering with depression and are abusing substances to numb the pain, we can help. Call today to learn more.