Alcohol abuse is one of the more common forms of substance abuse that our society deals with at present. Today, we shine a bit of a spotlight on the vicious cycle of alcohol usage and depression.
What is a Depressant?
This is any compound or substance that specifically ‘slows down’ an individual’s normal processes. They are often used induce slower brain function. Depressants are often used to slow breathing and relax muscles. In terms of medical usage, depressants are used as a sort of sedative for those with high anxiety. They can also be used to help those with sleeping problems.
While depressants have a role to play, they can only be considered as healthy if they are used only when needed and under the directive of a healthcare professional.
What is the Connection?
Experts have long surmised that alcohol has adverse effects upon the mental faculties of those that imbibe it. However, it was not until recent years that medical experts all unanimously agreed that alcohol is an actual depressant.
When depressants are used beyond the need as told by a medical expert, the adverse effects of depressants can start to overwhelm any individual that uses it. When depressants are abused, they carry some pretty serious adverse effects. Here are a few of them:
- Thoughts of suicide
Those that regularly imbibe alcohol often report feeling severely down for longer and longer periods. Most users drink in order to dull their senses and forget the crushing loneliness or depression that they feel. In turn, alcohol furthers the feeling of being down.
It is a vicious cycle that does need to be stopped.
What Can You Do?
When you feel that someone in your life has an alcohol abuse problem, it is important that you do not ignore the issue. There is a huge chance that they may or may not recognize that they have a problem. Always remember that when someone has a substance addiction, they are never in their right frame of mind.
If you are not sure how you can help, it would be best if you consult with a rehab establishment or a medical expert near you. They will be able to connect you with specialists that will provide you with steps to follow on how you can help get that person started toward wellness. They can also provide you with counseling—yes, you will need it as well as this is a highly stressful period for anyone.
The Bottom Line
The connection between the two is now pretty much irrefutable. Drinking is often used as a crutch for a plethora of reasons. When you are already feeling down, do not exacerbate the feeling with the usage of alcohol. If you believe that you are wrestling with the feelings of depression or if someone you are close to tells you that they spot the signs of depression in you, do not ignore it. Get the help that you need. It may not seem like it right now but things will eventually feel better.
Alcohol Depression is an unfortunate byproduct of alcohol abuse but with proper help, anyone can make a successful recovery.