Substance Abuse Disorder and Depression

Opioid abuse is a growing problem in the United States. An estimated 2.4 million people in the United States abuse prescription painkillers, and almost half a million people suffer from heroin abuse. people abusing opioids also often face the additional burden of depression.

The relationship between opioid abuse and depression is bi-directional, meaning that suffering from one increases the risk of the other. Opioid abuse is defined as using a prescription opioid for non-medical reasons or using it longer or in greater amounts than what was prescribed by a doctor, and opioid abuse has been linked to higher rates of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.

  • Mixed depression
  • Agitated depression
  • Atypical depression
  • Chronic Depression (Dysthymia)
  • Depression and alcoholism

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