Depression and Alcoholism

Alcohol & Depression Treatment at Banyan Chicago

Alcohol is often associated with the idea of “kicking back” and relaxing. Because alcohol is widely accessible to adults 21 and older in the United States, many can say they’ve tried their fair share of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages; however, alcohol isn’t entirely a safe substance. Like most substance abuse disorders, alcoholism begins with occasional drinking. The person may begin their drinking habit with a few beers or glasses of wine a day. The more accustomed to drinking they become, the more they may drink to experience the same relaxing side effects. This can quickly lead to alcohol addiction.

While we offer an individualized alcohol treatment program at Banyan Chicago, we also acknowledge the connection between mental illness and alcoholism. Major depressive disorder is a thought disorder that’s associated with persistent feelings of sadness and emptiness. Depression and alcohol addiction often occur together, a condition otherwise known as dual diagnosis. At our drug and alcohol treatment center in Chicago, we offer an alcohol and depression treatment that’s specifically designed to address the mental and physical aspects of these disorders.


The Connection Between Alcohol & Depression

Depression and alcohol abuse are often connected because of the effects of alcohol. In some cases, depression may cause alcoholism, but other times, the long-term effects of alcohol abuse include depression. When both are present, it is known as a co-occurring disorder.

Those who do not receive treatment for depression may resort to alcohol to cope with their symptoms. Alcohol is known for the relaxing and sedative effects it produces, which is why it’s one of the most commonly abused substances in the world. For a person with depression who takes up alcohol to self-medicate, binge drinking can become their go-to coping strategy. Eventually, their binge drinking can result in alcoholism and possibly cause further damage to their mental health. Heavy drinking can also cause the individual to isolate themselves from others, causing strains in their personal relationships. The more they drink, the more alone they may feel. Over time, this loneliness can develop into depression.

When depression and alcohol use disorder are both present, they can worsen each other’s symptoms. While alcohol may initially help someone with depression feel better, it can worsen depression symptoms in the long run. Also, the longer an individual goes without receiving depression treatment, the more likely they are to turn to alcohol for comfort, which can lead to a severe drinking problem. The result is a cycle of self-destructive behavior that can cause both problems to spiral out of control.

Because depression and alcoholism are often interlinked, they have similar symptoms and challenges. Our treatment for depression and alcoholism in Chicago involves unique therapies and programs that help separate and address both conditions. When it comes to alcohol and depression treatment, it’s important to understand how these disorders overlap and feed into one another to help patients achieve long-lasting sobriety. Our dual diagnosis treatment breaks down depression and alcohol addiction to ensure that the patient’s every need is met. Neglecting to address both issues in the recovery process will likely lead to relapse.


Rehab For Alcohol Abuse And Depression In Chicago

As an alcohol and depression treatment center in Illinois, we not only help our patients recover from addiction but also manage their mental health. Because every patient’s struggle is unique, each patient will begin treatment for alcoholism and depression with a full clinical assessment to identify their physical and mental health needs. This comprehensive evaluation allows our team to create an individualized treatment plan that gives the patient their greatest chance of recovering from both disorders. Patients may then be sent to our Gilman rehab center to complete a medically monitored detox. Following their detox, patients can then return to our facility and begin their co-occurring disorders treatment for alcoholism and depression.

Once an alcohol and depression treatment plan is in place, patients will participate in several programs and therapies on a regular basis to address both conditions.


Some of the programs include, but are not limited to:

The professionals at Banyan Treatment Centers Chicago will help determine which therapy approach is the best fit for treating dual diagnosis. Patients will be placed in different levels of care depending on their needs and will transition to less intensive treatment programs as they make progress.


Because mental health and addiction are often connected, it’s important to find care that will examine both issues. To learn more about our depression and alcoholism treatment in Illinois for yourself or a loved one, contact us today.


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    "Banyan Treatment Center was a life-changing experience for me. When I got here, I was planning on continuing to use, but with the help of staff and the community I was convinced to stay through the whole program, and I can honestly say it was the best decision I've ever made."

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    "My experience was nothing short of amazing. The staff is excellent, they all went way out of their way to help me with whatever I needed. They gave me the tools i needed to succeed, and were always there for me when I completed the program and when I fell short. Thank you so much Banyan!"

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    "Banyan was able to help me more than words can describe. They helped me save my life. I called in not really knowing what to expect or anything about treatment and the people I spoke with were able to walk me through every step of the way."

    Angie M.

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At Banyan Chicago our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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