Alcohol and Depression Rehab
How Dual Diagnosis Treatment Works
- What alcohol & depression rehab entails
- The most common types of depression
- The symptoms of depression
- The link between alcohol and depression
- How alcohol affects depression
- When to seek professional help
- Alcohol abuse and depression facts
- How treatment for alcohol and depression works
- Outpatient vs inpatient rehab
- Why choose inpatient rehab
- Benefits of inpatient rehab
- Alcohol and depression rehab options
What is alcohol and depression rehab?
What is depression?
Gaining a better understaning of depression, and of its different types, can be the first step in getting help and feeling better. The most common types of depression are:
Symptoms of depression
- Problems sleeping, such as sleeping too much or too little
- Inability to feel joy and loss of interest
- Suicidal thoughts and death
- Inability to think, concentrate, or make decisions
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Feeling hopeless, worthless, and guilty
- Low energy and physical fatigue
- Feeling sad and depressed
- Purposeless physical activity and slowed movements
The link between alcohol and depression
Heavy consumption of alcohol alters the brain’s neural chemistry, changing the balance of dopamine and serotonin. Differing levels of these two chemicals can cause highs and lows, triggering depression or the need to drink. For this reason, an integrated dual diagnosis rehab programme that addresses both issues is the most effective way to achieve long-term sobriety.
How does alcohol affect depression?
When to seek alcohol and depression treatment
- Increased quantity and frequency of drinking
- Inability to cut back on alcohol use
- Spending a lot of time drinking and recovering from the after-effects
- Persistent desire to drink; you cannot think of anything else
- Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms once the effects of alcohol wear off
- Inability to fulfil work, school, family, and social responsibilities
- Having relationship problems with friends and loved ones
- Social withdrawal and loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Engaging in dangerous behaviours while or after drinking
- Continuing to drink despite negative emotional and/or physical impacts
- Increased tolerance to the effects of alcohol
How rehab treats alcohol abuse and depression
Alcohol detox and withdrawal
Medication for depression
- Atypical antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)
- Other medications or combinations of antidepressants
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): A widely used form of evidence-based treatment, CBT is a conversational method that helps clients break free from negative thought patterns, and put themselves in a more positive frame of mind.
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): DBT integrates several related themes of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation, as a means of bringing the client to a healthier and more balanced state of being.
- Assertive Community Therapy (ACT): ACT helps clients deal constructively and positively with their emotions. Rather than trying to fight one’s feelings, ACT lets people understanding them as an important part of being human.
- Contingency Management (CM): CM uses positive reinforcement to reward constructive behaviour during the course of treatment, as a way of motivating progress toward abstinence.
Ongoing recovery plan
alcohol abuse and depression facts
- The risk of developing alcohol addiction or depression is higher for those with a family history of either condition
- Over half the people who go to rehab for alcohol addiction, suicide ideation was reported among persons with depression
- Alcohol consumption can interfere with an accurate diagnosis of depression
- Young people who suffer from depression are twice as likely to start drinking alcohol than their non-depressed peers
- Alcohol is known to trigger depressive episodes that are more severe and frequent than non-alcohol-related depression
Outpatient vs inpatient rehab
Inpatient rehab for alcohol abuse and depression
Benefits of inpatient rehab
- Access to medications: such as antidepressants, mood stabilisers and antipsychotic agents to ease withdrawal and mental health symptoms
- Psychological treatments: such as dynamic psychotherapy, behavioural psychotherapy, or cognitive psychotherapy may be provided individually, as part of a group, or as a family/couple session
- Removal from distractions: your typical stressors and triggers of daily life will be eliminated completely
- A range of resources: that provide support for your psychological, medical, physical, and psychosocial needs are available – all in the same location
- Integrated treatment plans: that encompass detoxification, addiction, and mental health needs
- Relapse prevention tools: you will learn coping skills and strategies to deal with everyday life triggers and prevent relapse
- Identifying the root cause: you will have a chance to explore the relationship between your alcohol use and depression, while developing personal recovery goals
- Bonding experience: there is a strong peer support offering social interaction and connection among clients in inpatient rehab
Alcohol and depression rehab options in Thailand
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- “What Is Depression?” Edited by Ranna Parekh, Psychiatry, The American Psychiatric Association (APA), www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression.
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2014). Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help (NIH Publication No.14-7974). The National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/treatment-alcohol-problems-finding-and-getting-help
- “Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 26 June 2019, www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-use-disorder-comparison-between-dsm.