Depression is a serious, life-threatening, chronic illness. Depression combined with addiction is especially debilitating. Without treating depression in an addicted person, the depression becomes a major contributor to a lack of recovery, relapse and possibly suicide. Without treating addiction in a depressed person, the addiction becomes a major contributor to a lack of recovery, relapse and possible suicide. Ironically, both depression and addiction are treatable illnesses.
Dr. Black offers an easily understood explanation of the interaction of depression and addiction; presents examples of the combination of the two illnesses and utilizes quotes from those who have suffered from depression, among them Bill Wilson (co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous) and Abraham Lincoln.
Key Points Covered
- Interaction of depression and addiction
- Causes of depression: biochemical imbalance, negative view of the world, incomplete grief
- Recovery: abstinence from addictive substances and behaviors
- Use of anti-depressants and discussion around the addicts concerns of the use of medication
- Therapy and recovery practices