Alcohol and Depression

Depression is a very serious medical condition that causes feelings of sadness, listlessness, and unhappiness. Alcohol has a complex relationship with depression, as depression is a contributing factor to alcoholism and alcohol is a contributing factor to depression.

Start the road to recovery

(877) 746-0480

Call Now

Treatment Center Locator

Keystone Treatment Center

Canton, SD

Multiple Levels of Care

855-417-3666

JourneyPure – Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

(844) 899-9541

Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center

Williamsburg, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-6578

Enlightened Solutions

Egg Harbor City, NJ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-408-7163

Beachside Rehab

Fort Pierce, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-452-3049

Wilmington Treatment Center

Wilmington, NC

Multiple Levels of Care

877-257-1203

Park Royal Hospital

Fort Myers, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-763-3294

White Deer Run

Allenwood, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-638-3697

Silver Lining Recovery

Huntington Beach, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-940-0031

Recovery Unplugged – Austin Detox

Austin, TX

Detox

855-958-1650

Northbound Treatment Services

Irvine, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

877-918-9085

Recovery Unplugged Austin Treatment Center

Austin, TX

Full Spectrum of Care

844-291-5968

Denver Recovery Center

Denver, CO

Multiple Levels of Care

855-729-4891

The Camp Recovery Center

Scotts Valley, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-282-5771

Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital

Tukwila, WA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-419-6205

Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers

Virginia Beach, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-982-0704

Huntington Creek Recovery Center

Shickshinny, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-892-1288

The Poseidon Method

Mykonos, Greece

Full Spectrum of Care

202-370-7462

Harbor Oaks Hospital

New Balitmore, MI

Inpatient

866-468-6148

Pocono Mountain Recovery Center

Henryville, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-589-1547

Monument – Online Treatment

, CA

Telehealth

Northlake Behavioral Health System

Baton Rouge, LA

Full Spectrum of Care

1-866-647-1447

Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab

Calistoga, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-766-4576

Life Center of Galax

Galax, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-428-7940

Southeast Addiction Center

Atlanta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-614-6174

Recovery Unplugged Nashville

Nashville, TN

Full Spectrum of Care

877-463-0080

Sierra Tucson

Tucson, AZ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-889-6553

Oceanside Malibu

Malibu, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

866-275-3956

SUWS of the Carolinas

Old Fort, NC

Residential

844-811-2644

Cornerstone Healing Center

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-931-1105

The Recovery Team

Lake Park, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-999-2545

United Recovery Project

Hollywood, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

877-586-7043

The Haven Detox

West Palm Beach, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-409-5866

Options Behavioral Health Hospital

Indianapolis, IN

Multiple Levels of Care

844-530-2836

Mount Regis Center

Salem, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-539-2026

Newport Institute – Northern California

Sunol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

Amethyst Recovery

Port St. Lucie, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-965-6726

Twelve Oaks Recovery Center

Navarre, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-885-1218

Pacific Grove Hospital

Riverside, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-801-1534

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Westcoast

Beverly Hills, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital

Norcross, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-337-9509

Pinnacle Peak Recovery

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-8937

Delta Med Center

Memphis, TN

Outpatient

877-235-0382

The Refuge, A Healing Place

Ocklawaha, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-990-1029

Recovery First Treatment Center – Hollywood

Hollywood, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-603-7860

Northeast Addiction Treatment Center

Quincy, MA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-831-4406

Recovery Unplugged Lake Worth Detox, Rehab, and Treatment Center

Lake Worth, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-283-0199

SOBA New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ

Multiple Levels of Care

888-341-1174

Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital

Valdosta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-692-1694

Sunflower Wellness Retreat

Osawatomie, KS

Multiple Levels of Care

888-411-9183

Newport Institute – Southern California

Santa Ana, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems

Lafayette, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

888-494-6620

North Tampa Behavioral Health

Tampa, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-870-8069

Carus Recovery

Van Nuys, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

888-616-9024

Recovery Unplugged Austin Rehab Center

Austin, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

844-817-9493

Burkwood Treatment Center

Hudson, WI

Residential

844-251-2961

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center for Women

Lemont, IL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-200-8406

Bowling Green Brandywine

Kennett Square, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-797-7507

Asana Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-899-6056

Riverwoods Behavioral Health System

Riverdale, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-246-8017

The Harrison House of Northern Virginia

Annandale, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-734-4364

Steps Recovery Center

Irvine, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

877-696-0054

MeadowWood Behavioral Health

New Castle, DE

Multiple Levels of Care

855-609-4051

Riverwalk Ranch

Mansfield, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

866-634-7479

Moonlight Mountain Recovery

Pocatello, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

866-831-4706

America’s Rehab Campuses

Tucson, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

877-484-7367

Dana Point Rehab Campus

Dana Point, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-944-2609

Recovery Unplugged Fort Lauderdale

Fourt Lauderdale, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

855-900-6613

Ambrosia Treatment Center

West Palm Beach, FL

Inpatient

866-970-0918

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center

Ball Ground, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-498-9407

Wellness Counseling & Residential Detox

Stuart, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-937-0191

JourneyPure – Florida

Melbourne, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

(844) 899-9541

1st Step Behavioral Health

Pompano Beach, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

844-334-8400

Life Healing Center

Santa Fe, NM

Multiple Levels of Care

844-285-2916

Acadiana Treatment Center

Sunset, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-548-6273

Azure Acres Recovery

Sebastopol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-872-7360

Bluff Plantation

Augusta, GA

Inpatient

855-331-2490

Starlite Recovery Center

Center Point, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

855-349-1116

Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital

Chandler, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-338-0838

Clear Life Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

888-638-7182

Bradford Recovery Center

Millerton, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-769-9928

Trustpoint Hospital

Murfreesboro, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

888-925-9448

New England Recovery & Wellness

Concord, NH

Multiple Levels of Care

844-408-1433

Indiana Center for Recovery

Bloomington, IN

Full Spectrum of Care

866-657-4490

Recovery First Treatment Center – Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-603-7860

Treasure Valley Recovery

Nampa, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

855-248-2193

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Northeast

Philadelphia, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

Rebound Behavioral Health Hospital

Lancaster, SC

Multiple Levels of Care

855-336-7623

What Is Depression?

A Man suffering from the impacts of depression and alcoholDepression is defined as a prolonged period of feeling sad, lonely, hopeless, lost, worthless, devoid of energy, apathetic, and even suicidal. There are many forms of depression. Almost everyone goes through at least a few periods of depression during their life. However, for some individuals, the problem is much more severe and protracted. While the causes of depression are not clearly understood, they include a number of genetic, environmental, and personal factors. Depression can severely impact a person’s personal and professional life, and potentially even lead to suicide.

There are several types of depression, including:

  • Major Depressive Disorder – Sufferers experience very severe depression symptoms that interfere with their ability to function. Some individuals have only one episode, but most have several throughout their lives. Individuals with major depressive disorder typically cycle through episodes of feeling very depressed and then periods of feeling symptom-free. This is the most common form of depression in the United States.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder – A depressed mood that lasts for two or more years. In some cases, this can be a lifelong condition. Also called dysthymia, persistent depressive disorder is a continuous, long-term, or chronic low-grade depression.
  • Psychotic Depression – Sufferers experience both severe depression and some form of psychosis, including audio and visual hallucinations or having false beliefs or delusions.
  • Postpartum Depression – This form of depression is caused by the hormonal and physical changes associated with pregnancy and giving birth as well as the new responsibilities of caring for a newborn. Between 10 and 15 percent of new mothers experience postpartum depression.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder – Depression symptoms begin during the late fall and winter months, as the amount of daily sunlight decreases. In many cases, light therapy is helpful for treating this condition.
  • Bipolar Disorder – No longer generally considered a form of depression, sufferers of this group of closely related mental conditions alternate between periods of depression and mania, a state of heightened and exaggerated moods. Also known as manic depression and bipolar depression, bipolar disorder is more often than not misdiagnosed as depression as most sufferers initially seek treatment for being depressed and do not understand or report the typically less frequent manic episodes.
Questions about treatment?

Get confidential help 24/7. Call now for:

  • Access to top treatment centers
  • Caring, supportive guidance
  • Financial assistance options
(855) 826-4464

The Relationship Between Alcohol and Depression

Alcohol abuse and depression are very closely correlated. Many depression sufferers, especially ones who have not been properly diagnosed, often turn to alcohol to escape. Desperate to feel better or numb the pain, even for a little while, depression sufferers often use the pleasurable effects of alcohol for that purpose. Alcohol abuse is rampant among sufferers of depression. At least 30%-40% of alcoholics also experience a depressive disorder.

People are often seduced by the sedative effects of alcohol and use it as a kind of medication to help distract them from persistent feelings of sadness. Alcohol may appear to temporarily relieve some of the symptoms of depression. However, it ultimately worsens depression on a long-term basis. As consequences of alcohol abuse persist, depression worsens. This often leads to a damaging cycle of abusing alcohol to self-medicate symptoms of depression while the depression worsens due to the continued alcohol abuse.

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that slows the body down. Studies have consistently shown that alcohol use increases both the duration and the severity of depressive episodes. It also increases the likelihood, frequency, and severity of suicidal thoughts. Alcohol can also cause other stressors in life such as career and family problems that worsen depression. If the depressed person than turns to alcohol to make themselves feel better, a vicious cycle has started that can be extremely difficult to break out of.

Alcoholism can also cause depression in some circumstances. Prolonged alcohol abuse can drastically change and rewire the brain, as well as impact many other chemical balances in the body. This is particularly true of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which send electric and chemical impulses and control a great deal of the body and mind’s functioning. These systemic changes can cause depression.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed or important activities
  • Sadness or feeling down
  • Hopelessness
  • Lack of energy and tiredness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Anger and irritability
  • Decreased activity and productivity
  • Change in appetite leading to weight loss or gain
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Suicidal thoughts

Ready to get help?

Don’t waste another second. Enter your number to receive a call
from a compassionate treatment expert.

Make a Call (855) 826-4464

- OR -

Request a Call
(877) 746-0480

Depression Treatment Options

An elderly man is comforted by his son as he suffers from alcohol and depression

Depression is a very serious condition that can create serious problems for sufferers, including damaging personal relationships, limiting success at success, contributing to numerous medical conditions, reducing enjoyment of life, and in some cases even suicide. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that only a small percentage of depression sufferers seek treatment. Not only do many people associate depression with a number of false stigmas such weakness, depression itself creates feelings of hopelessness that eliminate the motivation to seek help. This is especially true of men, who are much less likely to seek help for depression than women.

Luckily, there are dozens of treatment options available to you or a loved one who is suffering from depression. For many individuals, depression will abate with time, especially with treatment. For others, the condition may be a lifelong struggle, but treatment can dramatically improve the quality of and extend the length of life. Because depression is so prevalent among alcoholics, almost all treatment centers have a great deal of experience helping patients overcome both conditions. Regardless of which treatment option you choose, it is important that you seek treatment as quickly as possible.

In most cases, depression must be treated with a combination of therapies. Some of the most common include:

Please note that it is critically important to treat alcohol use disorders and depression simultaneously.

Scroll to Find Your Insurance

Don't Let Covid-19 Stop You from Getting Help

Rehabs are still open!

Get Help Now

Even though it may seem like depression and alcohol have formed a downward spiral from which there is no escape, that’s just not true. Help is out there. Treatment facilities across the country are waiting to provide you or your loved one with the best possible care so that you can take your life back. Contact a treatment provider to discuss treatment options, and get started on the road to recovery today.

Treatment professionals are waiting for your call

(855) 826-4464

Take control of your life

Our treatment providers offer 24/7 assistance.

  • Access to top treatment centers
  • Caring, supportive guidance
  • Financial assistance options

Call now:

(855) 826-4464

OR

Have us call you:

(877) 746-0480

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Additional calls will also be forwarded and returned by one of our treatment partners below.

All calls are private and confidential. Find out more about Addiction Center.

A treatment facility paid to have their center promoted here. Learn more about how to be featured in a paid listing.