As the days grow shorter in the fall, do you find yourself withdrawing from normal activities? Do you feel weary, anxious, and disinterested? Do you find yourself craving carbs and overeating? Behavior like this may signal a type of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you are pursuing recovery from drug or alcohol abuse, SAD can undermine your resolve and leave you in danger of relapse.
More than Just the Blahs!
Many people affected by SAD attribute their feelings to the “winter blahs.” However, SAD is a serious condition that is closely tied to depression and bi-polar disorder. Unless recognized and treated, it can take the joy out of sober living and lead to relapse.
Why this type of seasonal depression occurs is unclear, but scientists speculate that it may be due to changes in the body’s circadian rhythm, or to a drop in serotonin and melatonin levels.
Seek Treatment to Keep Your Recovery on Track
Once recognized, Seasonal Affective Disorder can be successfully treated with a variety of therapies:
- High-intensity light therapy & natural sunlight
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Anti-depressant medication
- Holistic practices like meditation & yoga
- Physical exercise
- Natural supplements
It is essential that an individual in recovery from drugs and alcohol recognizes the symptoms of SAD and gets treatment before a lack of focus and desire for a sober life derails recovery.
Dual-Diagnosis Treatment at 10 Acre Ranch
Recovery is a process with many pitfalls, but at 10 Acre Ranch, men 18 and older find the treatment and support they need to succeed. Our team of addiction specialists can develop an individual treatment program for you, even when there are mental health conditions present like depression or SAD. Are you ready to break out of your addiction? We can help. Call 877-228-4679 to learn more about dual-diagnosis treatment at our southern CA residential rehab facility. Or go online to submit a confidential contact form and verify insurance coverage.