Treating Alcoholism, Depression Simultaneously Supports Recovery, Advises Chapters Capistrano

Alcoholism and depression can be complexly intertwined, says Chapters Capistrano, and addressing both conditions at once can aid in recovery efforts.

Alcoholism and depression can become a vicious cycle. People drink when they’re depressed and become more depressed when they drink. Treating one condition but not the other overlooks a main part of the equation and puts people at greater risk for relapse. Los Angeles area drug and alcohol rehab center Chapters Capistrano has released a statement to the press regarding the importance of dual diagnosis programs for treatment of both addiction and mental health disorders together.

“Depression and alcoholism can go hand-in-hand, and breaking this cycle can be challenging,” says Susie Shea, co-owner of Chapters Capistrano. “Treating both issues simultaneously allows clients to see how they affect one another and make changes to account for this. Quitting drinking is wonderful, but if you’re still struggling with depression, it can be more difficult to make healthy choices and steer clear of alcohol. You’re not able to fully focus on your recovery and this can put you at greater risk of relapsing.”

According to Shelly Greenfield, M.D., professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of McLean Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clinical and Health Services Research Program, alcoholism affects about one third of people with depression, and “depression makes people more vulnerable to drinking problems and vice versa.”

“Unfortunately many people use alcohol as a way to self-medicate,” explains Shea. “While it may temporarily help them to feel better or forget about their problems, it does not make them go away and can actually cause more. Alcohol is a depressant and can exacerbate the symptoms they experience.”

Through professional treatment, clients can work through underlying causes of their alcoholism and learn how to better manage their depression, says Shea. Therapy and counseling can help them to develop healthier coping strategies and figure out what works best for their individual situation. They can enter back into society feeling more confident in their abilities and having tactics and resources to cope with challenging situations.

Greenfield also notes that those who have experienced traumatic events such as physical or sexual abuse growing up may be at greater risk of developing alcoholism and depression. “A dual diagnosis program takes into account mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how these issues impact addiction and vice versa,” says Shea. “Then a treatment plan is created to address the client’s needs as a whole to give them more targeted support to enhance recovery efforts. One condition does not take priority over the other – they are treated together.” Chapters Capistrano offers dual diagnosis programs as part of the comprehensive care provided to clients as they start a new chapter in their life.


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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Phone: 949-287-8248
Address:1525 Buena Vista
City: San Clemente
State: CA
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