Depression is one of the symptoms of excessive alcohol drinking and may be one of the withdrawal symptoms when you decide to stop drinking. Symptoms of alcohol use are mainly physical but if the person has depression, mentally that can weigh on their conscious. There are some important things to know about alcohol depression treatment programs and their effectiveness.
Psychological symptoms of depression can feel like a heavy anchor tied to your ankle and discourage you from taking action to get the help you need for your alcohol problem. However, taking anti-depressant pharmaceuticals has the potential of overuse, so that could be creating a new problem. Anti-depressants may simply be unnecessary because once you have completed alcohol detox, if necessary, your depression may disappear.
It's important to understand that depression doesn't cause us to drink. However, we commonly use it as an excuse to explain why we choose to drink. Therefore, it isn't necessary to overcome depression before successfully overcoming alcohol misuse. The two should be looked at separately.
Your doctor may suggest that you seek detox assistance before you begin an alcohol rehab program. Not everyone needs detox. That will depend on how often you drink alcohol, how much you consume, and how many years you've been drinking. If you need detox, the best method is intravenous (IV) medical detox, which is administered by a physician. With IV detox, the doctor can make any necessary adjustments to the medication needed to keep you comfortable during the process. It is also one of the safest forms of detox.
A potential alcohol depression treatment programs is a 12 step program. Twelve step programs are based on the belief that alcoholism is a disease, that alcoholics will always be alcohol addicts, that they can never drink again, that if they consume any alcohol whatsoever they will experience a "loss of control," that they are helpless against alcohol, that they must submit their will to God or a Higher Power, that they must always be on guard against relapses, and that they will need alcohol help to prevent drinking for the rest of their lives.
Many people are depressed by the beliefs and requirements of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other 12 step programs. The idea of being powerless, the victim of a chronic disease, never being able to have even a sip of alcohol for the rest of their lives, having to attend seemingly endless depressing group meetings, and similar life-long requirements are too depressing for most people. There have also been a number of suicides in connection with 12 steps. People felt too guilty or ashamed of themselves to carry on any longer.
Some people prefer a natural or holistic approach. Yoga, vitamin therapy, exercise therapy, equine or horse therapy, music therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture are all techniques commonly used in holistic alcohol depression treatment programs. These techniques might be helpful in reducing emotional depression. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that even a single one of the techniques commonly used in holistic programs is at all effective in helping people become sober.