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The Role Of Depression In Alcohol And Drug Abuse 4 19 10

  1. 1. The Role of Depression in Alcohol and Drug Use Kelsey B. Gillingham April 19, 2010 Argosy University Psy494: Substance Abuse Treatment in the Criminal Justice System Instructor: Dr. Adria Adams
  2. 2. Cold Hard Facts <ul><li>Depression and alcohol abuse often go hand in hand. </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol is a depressant and people with depression should not drink alcohol (Russell, 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>Drinking alcohol lowers your serotonin and norepinephrine levels, which are one of the major causes of depression (Russell, 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>“ Stress, or drugs such as alcohol or cocaine, can activate a gene that is linked to depression and other mental problems (Russell, 2007).” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Common Signs & Symptoms of Depression <ul><li>Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of interest in daily activities </li></ul><ul><li>Appetite or weight changes </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep changes </li></ul><ul><li>Irritability or restlessness </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of energy </li></ul><ul><li>Self-loathing </li></ul><ul><li>Concentration problems </li></ul><ul><li>Unexplained aches and pains </li></ul><ul><li>(Smith, Saisan, Segal, & Segal, 2009).” </li></ul>
  4. 4. What’s Really Going On? <ul><li>“ You regularly drink too much including (including ‘binge drinking’) which makes you feel depressed (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2010).” </li></ul><ul><li>“ You drink to relieve anxiety or depression (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2010).” </li></ul>
  5. 5. What’s Really Going On? Cont. <ul><li>You most likely drinking to avoid emotional or physical pain, to cope with the symptoms of a mental illness, to cope with personal or professional issues, to avoid living in reality, etc. Feelings, emotions, and other stressful triggers left un-dealt with can lead to depression (Argosy University, 2010) </li></ul>
  6. 6. What You Can Do to Avoid It <ul><li>Learn to identify the stressful triggers in your life that may cause you to drink or use drugs and obtain counseling to address such underlying issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Make healthy life-style changes that incorporate life coping and stress relaxation skills and choosing sobriety (Smith, Saisan, Segal, & Segal, 2009). </li></ul>
  7. 7. What You Can Do to Avoid It Cont. <ul><li>Utilize your support system and resources – family, friends, counselors, and other people in your life are there for you, even when you think they’re not. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Most Importantly ... <ul><li>Remember, you are not alone! </li></ul>
  9. 9. References <ul><li>Russell, June (2007). What You Need to Know About Alcohol and Depression: Alcohol and Suicide Facts. Retrieved on April 19, 2010 from http://depression.about.com/od/drugsalcohol/a/alcoholanddep_2.htm . </li></ul><ul><li>Royal College of Psychiatrists (2010). Alcohol and Depression. Retrieved on April 19, 2010 from http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfoforall/problems/alcoholanddrugs/alcoholdepression.aspx . </li></ul><ul><li>Smith, M., Saison, J., Segal, R. and Segal, J. (2009). Understanding Depression: Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Help. Helpguide.org. Retrieved on April 19, 2010 from http://helpguide.org/mental/depression_signs_types_diagnosis_treatment.htm . </li></ul><ul><li>Argosy University (2010). Treating Dually Diagnosed Offenders. Module Seven. Retrieved on April 19, 2010 from www.myeclassonline.com . </li></ul>

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