Having to watch a loved one struggle with addiction is one of the hardest things we can go through, especially when you feel helpless and unable to provide them the help they need. It is even more severe when the diagnosis is dual, when someone is fighting addiction and depression at the same time, and one keeps pulling towards the other creating a vicious circle that is seemingly inescapable. But just because the person in that circle thinks that there is no way out it doesn’t mean that there is no help. There are different means that you can use to help a person struggling with this particular set of issues. We will go through some of the options within this article, but the most important thing is being persistent and not giving up. Even when it seems that they have given up, we shouldn’t give up on them.
Get to know what you are up against
Before you can even start helping a person fighting addiction and depression you need to know exactly what you are up against. Finding the deep emotional cause of depression and addiction might even take years. But what you can get familiar with is the practical aspect of the situation. First of all, what type of addiction is it, drugs, alcohol or sex are the usual suspects. Now, when it comes to drugs, there is a whole selection and each one affects our body and mind in a different way, so you need to find out the exact type in order to help. For example, liquid molly has the following side effects, while a person is high they can experience anything from blurry vision to rapid pulse and breathing, even nausea. Now, when coming down from it the emotional aspects come to focus, and they can feel sadness, restlessness, even anger, but depression is the most commonly reported symptom. Now, knowing what they are going through at each stage can help shape your response and allow you to provide them with the right kind of help.
Stage an intervention
There is no one universal way of helping someone dealing with addiction and depression it causes. Each approach should be tailored to that person’s specific needs. The first step is always an intervention, so letting them know that the problem is not only affecting their life but also the people around them. The intervention should include the people closest to the person dealing with addiction, but it should also include a licenced therapist who has experience with this kind of problems. They will serve as moderators of the whole process. It is important to be truthful when addressing the person in question, to tell them how their disease is affecting everyone around and how it affects themselves. It will be difficult but it is a necessary step to get them to understand and accept that they have a problem.
Present them with treatment options
Once the problem is outed, recognised and acknowledged, it is time to take steps towards a fighting addiction and finding their way back to a healthy life. The choice of treatment should be their own, and they need to do it voluntarily. One of the options is an expert rehab center that will address both their mental and physical issues that will be caused by withdrawal. However, just getting clean is not enough, it is important to also discover and acknowledge the cause of the addiction. Otherwise, they might slip right back into it after they leave the center. Now, if the person in question is strong enough mentally they might benefit from staying at home with regular visits to a doctor’s office and intensive psychiatric sessions. The family is there to provide support and comfort, but the treatment part needs to be left to professionals who can treat all the withdrawal symptoms as well as the deeply rooted causes of the addiction itself.
Now, there is no foolproof method of dealing with addiction and depression. And it depends largely upon the person that’s affected. But some of the steps in this article are universal steps that a family can take in order to help.