It is also possible for a depressed person to start using cocaine in a mistaken attempt to feel better.
Similarly, opioid use can lead to the development of depression. One study at St. Louis University found that 10% of over 100,000 people who were prescribed opioids developed depression after using the medications for over a month.
Researchers believe that depression occurs due to the changes opioids make in the brain’s reward and pleasure system and hormone levels.
In addition to therapies such as CBT and EMDR, treatment for addiction and depression also includes medications.
The most commonly prescribed medications for treating depression are antidepressant medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). They are often prescribed due to their effectiveness and low potential for abuse.
SSRIs such as citalopram, paroxetine, sertraline, and escitalopram stabilize mood by increasing serotonin levels in the brain.
Moreover, various medications may also be used for a safe withdrawal from substances of abuse.
This information should not replace a visit to a doctor or treatment center. If you are concerned that you or a loved one is struggling with addiction while also experiencing symptoms of depression, ask for professional help today.