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Double Jeopardy

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Depression is a serious, life-threatening, chronic illness. Depression combined with addiction is especially debilitating. Without treating depression in an addicted person, the depression becomes a major contributor to a lack of recovery, relapse and possibly suicide. Without treating addiction in a depressed person, the addiction becomes a major contributor to a lack of recovery, relapse and possibly suicide. Ironically, both depression and addiction are treatable illnesses. Claudia Black offers an easily understood explanation of the interaction of depression and addiction; presents examples of the combination of the two illnesses and utilizes quotes from those who have suffered from depression, among them Bill W. (co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous)and Abraham Lincoln. Key Points Covered:

  • Interaction of depression and addiction
  • Causes of depression: A biochemical imbalance, negative view of the world, incomplete grief
  • Abstinence from addictive substances and behaviors
  • Use of anti-depressants:A discussion around the addict's concerns of the use of medication
  • Therapy and recovery practices

The viewer will better understand depression, the impact of the combination of depression and addiction and how recovery from both is possible. Running time 28 minutes A short preview of this video is available by clicking HERE

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