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Category Archives: Co-Occurring Disorders


Heroin Recovery and Depression

Recovering from Heroin: The Link Between Depression and Addiction

  Nearly seven percent of all adults in the United States experienced at least one episode of depression in 2015, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That means they may feel sad, empty, anxious, worthless and hopeless. They experience a loss of energy. Some describe it as feeling like a heavy … Continue reading Recovering from Heroin: The Link Between Depression and Addiction


3D model representing the effects of addiction on the brain

How Drugs and Alcohol Change the Brain

  Drug addiction works by chemically altering the brain’s structure so that it becomes programmed to depend on a substance of abuse. Over time, the brain demands increasing amounts of this substance, and users may soon find that they must prioritize their drug use above all else. In basic terms, this process explains why some … Continue reading How Drugs and Alcohol Change the Brain



Overcoming Depression and addiction

Drug & Alcohol Dependency: Overcoming Depression

Deep, overwhelming sadness or hopelessness is normal when experiencing any type of loss. Moving on from your old way of life is no different. In part four of our five-part blog series, we’ll confront depression, as well as share some coping techniques to help you on your road to recovery. Depression During Addiction Recovery is … Continue reading Drug & Alcohol Dependency: Overcoming Depression



Tryptophan Helps Manage Depression

As with sleep disturbances, depression can contribute to irritability, impulsive behavior, and poor judgment. For nearly three decades, serotonin has been recognized as the neurotransmitter of central importance in managing depression; virtually all drug therapies in use today aim at raising levels of serotonin at the synapses where nerve cells communicate. Boosting and balancing brain … Continue reading Tryptophan Helps Manage Depression

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