Substance Induced Mood Disorder is a type of depression that is triggered by drug or alcohol use. A disorder differs from common after-effects of taking these substances, such as temporary sadness, grogginess, slight irritation, or the classic hangover. A disorder is far more severe and lasts longer.
If you feel intense sadness or depression several hours or days after drinking alcohol or taking a drug – even prescription medication – you may want to consult your doctor. If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, treatment is available, such as a depression treatment program. A treatment program will help you overcome your addiction and address your depression at the same time.
Mood Disorder: Feeling Better vs. Feeling Worse
Most drugs and alcohol trigger the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that creates feelings of please, relaxation, or even joy. Dopamine also regulates movement, attention, learning, and emotional responses. Dopamine is what gives the “high” you feel after taking the drug. The high, however, only lasts a short moment.
Once you come down from feeling better, you will ultimately feel worse and crash into a deep depression that is far worse than usual. In worst-case scenarios, you will feel severe depression or anxiety as soon as you reach a level of intoxication with alcohol or the high you feel with certain drugs.
Symptoms of Substance Induced Mood Disorder
The most noticeable symptom of substance induced mood disorder is that you sink into a severe depression, and you can’t seem to snap out of it for a few days. You may also notice a need for substance abuse treatment in addition to dealing with your mood. Other symptoms may include:
- Feelings of isolation and loneliness
- Constant weeping or crying for no apparent reason
- Radical change in behavior
- Complete loss of motivation, ongoing fatigue
- Hypersomnia or insomnia
In the case of substance induced mood disorder, the symptoms are pronounced with little room for doubt. If you do not feel severely depressed when you are sober or not taking drugs, then you know the depression is coming from the drugs.
Treatment for Substance Induced Mood Disorder
A depression treatment program will offer a wide range of therapies and treatments to help you with your disorder. One of the main types of treatment you may want to consider is dual diagnostic treatment. This dual treatment approach will help you recover from your alcohol or drug addiction, while also addressing your depression or any other mental health conditions.
Other treatments available to you include:
- Addiction detox program
- Depression treatment program
- Trauma therapy program
- Cognitive behavioral therapy program
- Dialectical behavior therapy
A treatment specialist can diagnose your condition and make recommendations on which treatment is best for you.
Substance Induced Mood Disorder Treatment Available for You
Pillars Recovery offers a wide range of substance induced mood disorder treatments for you. We can assess your situation and talk to you about your available options. To find out more about your condition and start your program, call us today at 866.782.0247.