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Seasonal Affective Disorder and Drug Abuse HelpSeasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a specific type of depression that usually happens once a year during winter. Many Anchorage residents experience some sad feelings during the dark days of winter. Because of the harsh weather and daylight changes Anchorage citizens experience, SAD may be more common in Alaska than other areas of the United States. Seasonal affective disorder is more than the “winter blues.” SAD may occur any time of year, especially if you experienced a loss or hardship during that particular time. It may cause you to experience the following:

  • Sleep problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Greater stress and anxiety
  • Greater likelihood of illness

Some people try to self-medicate seasonal affective depression with drugs and alcohol, but this is only a temporary fix that can cause greater long-term problems in Anchorage.

The Cycle of Seasonal Affect Disorder, Depression and Drug Abuse

Addiction and depression work hand in hand. A person may try to feel better, less anxious or more social by drinking or using drugs. The drug use then leads to regret and even more depression. This can lead to increased drug use, increased depression and a cycle that is impossible to stop without assistance. If you are caught up in a cycle of drug use and depression, you are not alone in Anchorage. There are specialized treatment programs that are designed to treat both addiction and mental illness at the same time. Integrated treatment that treats both depression and drug use usually helps patients do the following:

  • Uncover the root causes of depression
  • Treat SAD before it begins
  • Understand how drug abuse began
  • Learn how to make healthier choices
  • Work with family and loved ones to create a stronger and healthier support system
  • Avoid seasonal affective disorder in future years with specialized treatment
  • Defeat addiction through advanced treatment and rehab practices
  • Overcome withdrawal with safe medically supervised detox services

There is a better way to overcome SAD than substance use.

A Better Way to Defeat Seasonal Affective Disorder and Depression

If you struggle with SAD or drug abuse in Anchorage, we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline now, and speak with one of our experienced recovery counselors about your situation. Our counselors will take the time to get to know you and help you learn more about your options for rehab treatment. We can even work with your insurance provider to help you arrange coverage for rehab and counseling care. We are here 24 hours a day, so call now and find out, without any pressure or cost, how we can help you.