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Anxiety and depression are both mental health disorders that sometimes co-occur with addiction. Anxiety may make you feel restless, nervous, and like you can’t stop worrying. Depression may make you feel sluggish and sad like life is never going to get better. It can become difficult to get through a day when you bundle one or both with substance use disorder. Life may feel unmanageable and difficult.

Consequently, it’s often hard to meet daily responsibilities, such as holding down a job or caring for children. If these symptoms sound familiar, there’s good news. Help is available, and it’s only a phone call away.

Anxiety and Depression: Dual Diagnosis

Nearly 40 million adults in America struggle with prolonged anxiety. Many have depression, as well. According to recent statistics, nearly 50 percent of people diagnosed with anxiety also suffer from depression.

It’s called a dual diagnosis when mental health disorders such as these happen alongside substance use disorder. Clients who have dual diagnoses are treated for addiction and mental health at the same time.

Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Though both disorders can wreak havoc in your life, they have very different symptoms. Even more confusing — the signs of substance use disorder can mimic both depression and anxiety. This can make a dual diagnosis difficult to pin down. But, when you experience one or more of the feelings pervasively and consistently, it’s a good idea to seek treatment.


When you have anxiety, it may feel as though you’re constantly on alert and waiting for something terrible to happen. You may feel restless and on edge. As a result, the thought of doing everyday things like riding a bus, attending a meeting, or climbing a staircase may fill you with dread. Anxiety can become crippling when it’s left untreated. Consequently, you may feel like you’re incapable of leaving your home.


Depression, conversely, may make you feel tired and drained. You may experience overwhelming feelings of sadness. You may wonder why you even bother trying to get out of bed each morning. Depression can cause confusion, memory loss, and isolation. You may lose interest in the activities that once brought joy.

Causes of Anxiety and Depression

The causes of anxiety and depression are often related. Though the symptoms of each disorder is vastly different, they do share common threads, including:

  • Genetics — both may run in families
  • Traumatic childhood — both may be related to trauma at an early age
  • Relationships — Separation or divorce may bring on depression and anxiety
  • Loss — grief may be a harbinger of both anxiety and depression
  • Medications — some medications may have side effects that mimic both conditions

If you’re battling a mental health disorder with addiction, AspenRidge Recovery, in Lakewood, CO can help you find your way back. We designed our dual diagnosis treatment program for those suffering from co-occurring disorders. Because no two treatment plans are ever alike, you’ll find the customized, compassionate care you need to achieve and maintain recovery.

Treatment for Dual Diagnosis at AspenRidge Recovery

At AspenRidge Recovery, we have your success in mind. Our facility is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, which denotes excellence in behavioral healthcare. Additionally, we offer a scenic and peaceful location that’s unparalleled.

Clients who choose to recover at AspenRidge experience a resort-level of care. We offer a warm, welcoming environment, comfortable accommodations, and a highly skilled staff to set us apart from other drug and alcohol treatment facilities in Lakewood, CO.

When you’re ready to recover from substance use disorder that’s compounded by anxiety, depression, or both, contact AspenRidge Recovery for insurance verification today at (855) 281-5588.

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