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Depression and Addiction: What No One Is Talking About

Depression and addiction are very real diseases that are often considered taboo and, thus, are not talked about as much as they should. There are also misinforming sources that spread myths about these diseases. When people talk about addiction, there is so much negative stigma attached to it. A large majority of the population believe that depression and addiction are a choice. This could not be farther from the truth. Oftentimes, depression and addiction are co-occurring. They pair up and do damage together. In addition to this, there is a common misconception that once a person is in recovery, they will not relapse. However, recovery is not a cure.

Co-occurring disorders are not infrequent. According to, “25% of adults with a mental illness also have a substance abuse disorder.” Oftentimes, those who are dealing with a mental illness like depression use substances to numb the pain they are feeling. The depression and addictions often fuel each other, too. Because of this, co-occurring disorders are hard to treat. Recovery from one mental illness is tough, but adding an addiction to the mix can make the mountain seem too daunting to climb. Recovery from any disorder is not linear. There are good days and bad. There is no guarantee that a relapse won’t occur. When speaking and thinking of recovery, there is no “recovered;” there is only “in recovery.” One cannot just get over an addiction and be cured. Recovery is a constant battle that one must choose to fight every day.

If you think you are suffering from a co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder, reach out to our team at Villa Tranquil Recovery. We want to help you begin your recovery journey today. We are enthusiastic to hear from you.