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Is Depression the Root of Opium Abuse?

Is Depression the Root of Opium Abuse?

Addiction may mask the signs of depression

Addiction is often a symptom of an underlying issue. These issues can go unnoticed or untreated due to the fact the addiction has masked its signs. If depression continues to worsen and a user continues to use to mask his depression, it is likely he will face an overdose. Although treatment is offered for co-occurring depression and addiction, not all facilities are equipped to treat both in the same facility.

How Can Untreated Depression Cause Drug Abuse

Untreated depression can cause additional emotional and physical issues when one continues to ignore it.  Included in the following are some examples of how untreated depression can lead to drug abuse:

  • Self-medication
  • Coping mechanism
  • Alleviate symptoms

With the vast amount of information available in today’s society, people can easily find different methods of self-medication. Individuals may look towards herbal remedies or may steer towards drug abuse for symptom relief. Once an individual goes towards this latter path, he may find himself deep into addiction. Some individuals may use drugs as a coping mechanism, which allows them to get past their moments of depression. Eventually, instead of using on occasion an individual will begin to increase their use until they find themselves addicted to the substance. More than likely, an individual will begin to use to help alleviate his symptoms and enable himself to relax in certain environments and situations.

Treatment Options for Depression and Opium Abuse

Treatment options for co-occurring depression and addiction can be difficult to find.  Included in the following are some examples of the available treatment options:

  • Inpatient treatment
  • Residential treatment
  • Group homes

Inpatient treatment allows opium users to withdrawal in as little pain as possible while remaining under the constant supervision of medical personnel. Furthermore, inpatient treatment starts to teach addicts the foundation of sobriety and gives them the tools and resources to continue with treatment. Most inpatient treatment facilities are not equipped to treat both mental issues and addiction under the same roof. In most cases, addiction would be treated first and then the addict would need to seek another facility to treat the depression. Unlike inpatient treatment, residential treatment can be used for long-term care and more facilities are equipped with the staff and knowledge to treat co-occurring depression and addiction under the same roof. Group homes are most beneficial after the above treatments have been completed. Group homes can help ease an individual back into society without the pressure of living completely independently until he or she is ready.

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