November 1, 2014

Minimizing Substance Abuse Can Help Ease a Depressive State

Vices has always been thought of as a bad influence to one’s health and true enough with the fact that it can even worsen health and mental illnesses.   Research shows that depression often occurs and may be a factor when one is  addicted to drugs or consuming too much alcohol too often.   By giving up or reducing the intake of drugs or alcohol it may help reduce depressive symptoms.

People who have problems with substance misuse often have other mental health challenges. Depression is a commonly co-occurring psychological condition among individuals with substance use problems.

Although it has yet to be determined if substance use precedes depressive reoccurrence or depressive symptoms precede substance relapse, it is well known that these co-occurring conditions (COD) are more treatment resistant and result in poorer outcomes than having one condition alone.

Research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective approach for reducing depressive symptoms. Therefore, Sarah B. Hunter of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, theorized that addressing depressive symptoms as part of a substance use treatment plan could minimize negative moods, which would reduce the need for negative coping strategies such as substance use.

Compared the outcome to that of 159 individuals receiving usual care. The team assessed the participants at treatment conclusion, 3 months and 6 months posttreatment….More at Reducing Substance Use by Reducing Depression « PDResources

While more research is needed it doesn’t seem like a real stretch to assume that giving up drugs and alcohol or reducing the intake of these will be of benefit.

Here is a video that would help you out in getting rid of such depression. This session corrects a hemispheric asymmetry that is common in clinically depressed individuals.