dual treatment

Getting blue as you go high on drugs

by The Anti Depression Team on

Substance abuse is closely-linked to depression. This is because most substances, alcohol included, depress the nervous system after a chemical-induced high. It is believed that chemical abuse of the brain is the main cause of substance abusers feeling depressed.

It is also argued that depressed individuals are likely to self-medicate with alcohol and other substances, including overdosing on prescription drugs. In cases where both substance abuse and depression are suspected and present, it is recommended that analysis should be carried out on whether substance abuse was a result of being depressed. Such a case would warrant that dual treatment to treat both substance abuse as well as depression be administered.