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Believe it or not, a lot of people turn to alcohol or drugs as a form of self-medication. Often, they turn to them to alleviate pain or feelings of anxiety or depression. Therefore, when attempting to get a loved one help for alcohol or drug intervention services, it is important to address any other underlying issues just as much as the addictions themselves. The fact of the matter is, if you neglect to help your loved one overcome their feelings of anxiety or depression, the more challenging it will be to wean them off of any alcohol or drugs.

How can you tell if a loved one is suffering from a mood disorder?

One of the most obvious signs that a loved one might be suffering from a mood disorder is if he or she is sad all of the time. Other signs are that your loved one has lost interest in doing activities that he or she once enjoyed, lacks energy or is extremely irritable. With addicts, a mood disorder may be more difficult to identify, as some may blame the drug and alcohol addiction itself. So, it is important that you take time to sit and talk with your loved one to see how he or she feels.

Addressing your loved one’s mood disorder first will make it easier for them to accept treatment for alcohol or substance abuse.

Years ago, some believed that once an individual’s alcohol or drug addiction was addressed, the easier it would be to get to the root of the person’s depression or anxiety. But, some people may have been depressed for years before they started using (which makes it harder to have an intervention), or might feel depressed after they receive treatment. Therefore, if you are willing to treat these things as two separate issues, as a mood disorder and addiction (even though you realize one stemmed from the other), the easier it will be for them to achieve a happier lifestyle, and, in turn, full sobriety.

These days, there are many drug and alcohol prevention programs, as well as treatment centers, that address both mood disorders and alcohol or drug use. It is just a matter of finding the right one for your loved one.