Alcohol Overdose and Depression

Alcohol Overdose and Depression

Depression is a dangerous and complicated psychological disorder that brings with it a high risk of self-destructive behavior. Substance abuse is common among depressed individuals, as they subconsciously attempt to medicate their symptoms. However no amount of drugs or alcohol will help create lasting change. The addition of a life-controlling and deadly alcohol addiction to a depressed individual’s life may be more than he or she can handle.

How Alcoholism Develops

Excessive consumption of alcohol causes spikes in the brain chemical dopamine. Dopamine blocks physical and emotional pain for a time and provides a short-lived euphoria that is incredibly addictive to the depressed brain. As the abuse of alcohol continues a tolerance develops. This means that the user will require more alcohol to feel the effect he or she desires. A drink or two may provide relief at first, but in time depressed individuals will need much greater amounts of alcohol. This search for relief drives many people to consume more alcohol than their body can metabolize. This is how overdose occurs, and the results can include the following:

  • Coma
  • Organ failure
  • Lasting brain damage
  • Neurological damage
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Psychological breakdown
  • Death

The best hope for lasting recovery comes from caring professional treatment in a facility that understands the importance of treating all aspects of depression and alcohol addiction.

Rehabilitation Can Help with Depression and Alcoholism

The most effective rehab programs use an approach called Dual Diagnosis treatment. This allows for the diagnosis and treatment of any underlying mental disorders such as depression and the co-occurring alcohol addiction. Each individual is treated as a unique patient and given a customized treatment plan that involves a wide range of therapies. Some of the most successful and common therapeutic techniques include the following:

  • Individual counseling
  • Medically supervised detox services
  • Support group meetings
  • Spiritual care
  • Alternative treatments like yoga, meditation and acupuncture
  • Preparation for life after treatment
  • Ongoing support

If left untreated, depression will lead to the inability to enjoy any aspect of life. Depression does not cure itself. Similarly alcohol addiction is a progressive disease that will only lead to greater negative impacts on mental and physical health. You are not alone, and professionals and peers alike are here to support you and help you find lasting health and happiness.

Find Help for Depression and Alcohol Abuse before an Overdose Occurs

Our helpline is open 24 hours a day. Call now and let one of our caring counselors answer any questions you have about depression, alcohol abuse or treatment options. All calls and phone services are free, and we can even answer insurance-related questions. You have nothing to lose by calling. You can rediscover what you once loved about living. Call today.