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Monday, November 28, 2011

Recovering addicts and depression during the holidays

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You would think that recovering addicts would have so much to be thankful for during the holidays that they'd never get depression. We know now that many addicts suffer from depression aside from their addiction, and, in fact a good deal of their addiction stems from self medicating via pain killers. It is really imperative that recovering addicts find strength and help through their sponsors and to also separately have their depression treated. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, or depression and live in South Carolina, see the *link at the end of this article.

Holidays seem to pose a lot of risks for depression with recovering addicts. Trying to stay clean and sober when the whole world seems to be celebrating can often affect the addict's ability to be able to withstand the temptations. Loneliness, even coming down off the former high, can bring about powerful feelings of depression. Things that a recovering addict, or their loved one need to pay attention to are the signs and symptoms of depression.

The symptoms are as follows:

  1. Lack of interest in any activities formerly enjoyed. Work, sex, hobbies, etc.
  2. Difficulty focusing on tasks and completing tasks especially those that were easy to complete before. Indecisiveness and confusion.
  3. Excessive tiredness, low energy.
  4. Insomnia or sleeping too much.
  5. Feelings of hopelessness, guilt and unreasonable fears
  6. Committing suicide, or hurting someone.
  7. Loss of weight or gaining weight from either under eating or over eating.
You should be concerned if you are experiencing at least four of these symptoms and if you are experiencing more than four, it is time to seek additional help and support. Depression can be easily treated, and if caught early can be contained in its severity for a recovering addict.

For those living elsewhere, see:

For those seeking additional information, and support for various types of drug abuse and addiction, see: The Addicted Family.
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