The Challenges of Depression and Staying Sober

There is often a relationship between challenges in staying sober and depression. Substance use disorder can lead to depression, and depression can make it harder to stay sober.

In some cases, people may use drugs or alcohol as a way of self-medicating for their depression, which can make the problem worse.

It’s important for individuals with a substance use disorder and depression to receive treatment for both conditions in order to have the best chance of sustained recovery.

Also, getting sober from alcohol can sometimes trigger depression in those who haven’t had issues with depression in the past. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and when a person stops using it, the body may react by becoming overly excited which can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, and insomnia. Additionally, the individual may also experience emotional changes, including depression, as they adjust to life without alcohol. However, these symptoms are usually temporary and can be treated with the help of therapy and/or medication.

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