Depression associated with recovery?

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Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by Guest » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:41 pm

Hi 67 days sober and depression and anxiety have been an issue for me lately. Initially I was feeling really good (after the first week or so). I have found that forcing myself to get some exercise helps me, and sometimes I have to really force myself because its the last thing I want to do. Best of luck to all of you who are struggling with this. Hang in there!! Also praying has helped me. Finding a higher power gives me hope and strength.

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by Mercy164 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:00 am

If anyone wants to read about it in the AA literature, it is discussed in the "Doctor's Opinion." This falls in the beginning roman numerals section in the book.

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by marthaa3 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:48 pm

Depression is definitely associated with abstinence for an alcoholic.
Something that has helped me with depression is I'll find a mantra that applies to my current situation and depression.
Some days I repeat the mantra 100 times. I use the mantra to block negative thoughts.
Right now my mantra is "I have a winning hand".
Because I know that I need to discard things in my life that don't work and keep the things that do.
If my hand looks like crap I'll have to build one.
I know that if I keep focused and positive I will have a winning hand with this situation and come out on top.

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by Mercy164 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:49 am

Hello. I was depressed for over 20 years. I was seeing a shrink for 12 years straight along with taking different meds like antidepressants. Nothing ever really seemed to work for me until I dealt with and treated my alcoholism. The AA Big Book talks about depression being a normal part of untreated alcoholism as well. It was when I finished a few steps in AA that I started to not feel so hopeless. I still had problems and stuff, but somehow it seemed easier for me to get up and go deal with them. I was so glad I finally found something that was really working. The more I did the program and stuck with it, the better things got. I always wanted things to get better in 2 weeks. It takes time to get better, as it took time to make a mess out of my life. I have been sober now 8 1/2 years and I don't have depression.
I am always glad to show any women the 12 steps if they are ready to do the work and attend meeting whether it be by phone, chat, or face to face. Feel free to contact me if that sounds good to you. :) I know it sounds like BS, or maybe not the way to go because it requires some work. :shock: LOL It is easier to just take a pill. I get it as that is the way alcoholics and addicts are...the way I am. Some people do need medicine. I get that too. I also know that drinking and never being free of our addictions is no way to live or treat any mental illness, so if we truly want to get better sobriety is the way. :D

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by Harley » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:07 pm

Depression is a touchy thing...I am 9yrs sober now and the beginning for me was tough giving up a lifestyle I was so accustomed to however with new friends in the rooms and a change in my lifestyle the depression just went away. It was replaced with a happiness I never thought or imagined.
Don't get me wrong there r days whe n I get depressed but I don't deal with it with alcohol I now deal with it in the rooms who bring much happiness into my life. Find the right people. Find the positive people and u find that depression liftedfrom you.
Even more important than that use ur higher power. Give it to him and he'll take it from you if u do. :)

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by sunshinee » Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:35 am

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Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by jackmarknow » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:22 am

I feel the same way....I have not had a drink in 3 weeks. I drank everyday for about 5 years.


Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by amandak11 » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:35 am

i am new to this chat i just googled sobriety chat, i attend a few AA meetings a week but dont have a car so i am unable to really get out and meet sober people. this topic is something i can relate to. my first attempt at sobriety left me more depressed than before and i was on zoloft and ativan for anxiety, i thought since i wasn't drinking or doing drugs that i was sober and going to end up okay but i started abusing my ativan and couldn't get that filled quick enough to make me quit feeling so depressed so eventually i relapsed starting drinking heavy again and using other pills and drugs. today i am 63 days sober/clean. my advice would to make sure that you are dealing with your depression and anxiety carefully thru counseling and healthy outlets. an antideppresant is a good idea BUT as far as valium xanax ativan etc be very careful because you could end up trading one addiction for another. life is hard but remember one thing, you shouldn't want to trade ur worst day sober to your best day drunk because you are still gonna have those problems when the alcohol wears off...

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by WastingAway » Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:20 am

Cheers to all of the strength on this forum! Keep in mind that some of us addicts have entered into our addictions already depressed! Doesn't that suck?! Some of us out there have hugged our bottles like blankets to hide from the depression we've already come to know. We don't always see the addiction coming, but when you have a good soup with a cold and cough, you're going to want it again! Sobriety is the solution to alcoholism and you can let it be a gateway to happiness, too. Treat the sickness, not the symptom! :D

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by Despair » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:54 pm

My name is Nick mam....... Please beware of other substances! I recently lost my job, wife, boat, condo, and visitation to my beautiful children due to Xanax & Pain killers. I had 6 good years of wonderful sobriety, crashed my motorcycle Sept 1st, and have just 12 days clean today. I had NO IDEA pills would bring the monster out............. But unfortunately can assure you they did.


Heavyheart wrote:
> How long does depression tend to last when you are in recovery? It runs in
> one side of my family anyway, but I find that I start crying all the time
> at the littlest things. I'm also in menopause, have a paraplegic husband
> and am completely responsible for the care of my 15-yr-old son with a
> neurodegenerative condition. I just want to have a glass of wine so I can
> blunt the emotions, but know that's not a solution. I'm also visiting my
> 85-yr-old mother (we lost my Dad after years of dementia a couple of years
> ago) and seeing her age and not being able to have more time with her
> because her house is inaccessible for my son, and his care takes so much
> time, and my daughter is 12 going on 13 and doesn't like helping - it's
> just so much. But I take Prozac (it helps a bit) and Valium (which also
> helps, but I end up overusing it if I don't really watch myself). I've
> never had trouble with beer or wine in the past - just vodka, but I wonder
> how much the depression and emotional breakdowns are due to withdrawal and
> how much is due to my general overwhelm with all my responsibilities! Any
> help would be appreciated.

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by slange2303 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:04 pm

Hey everyone, I just joined like ten minutes ago, I have only been sober and recovering for 6 months. My drug of choice was injecting heroin. Im so depressed, I see two counselors and my cravings have been so bad lately like I just keep breaking down and crying. I don't know what to do, I don't sleep, seriously im up for hours every single night. Im exhausted. A little of by background: my boyfriend and myself were going to go get some heroin, we got it, shot up before we left an about ten minutes later got pulled over. We went to jail they let us out on a pr bond and did the whole court thing, we were both first time offenders we both got off on probation. I was pregnant and was 5 months pregnant when I had a miscairage, one week to the day I stopped using is when I lost her, but the day I got outta jail I went to the er and the doc proscribed me methadone to help the baby so she wouldn't detox ( found out it was a girl the same day I found out I lost her) the er checked her heart beat and she was fine, after i had to have the D&E surgery the doctors told me her death was not because of me, they said i contracted a virus and she got it, and thatsI how sheI passedgot away. I still believe its my fault.ill never forgive myself. then my family moved me in with my aunt and uncle, I was living with my boyfriend. My family moved me out two days after being arrested. And I am court ordered to continue going to the methadone clinic. I hate it. But anyways I have a full time job I work at my uncles business he owns. I like It. Uhm I wanna start college next year I wanna be a counselor. But im so depressed I don't know what to do. I miss my daughter. I miss my boyfriend (found we were suppose to be marries this summer) there is so much more important info to my story, leave that alone for now. Im also currently working on getting my ged, which I take next month. I currently am living with my aunt and uncle and there three kids I live an hour away from where I work so me and my uncle commute each day. Sometimes I work 7so days a week. And me and my parents don't get along.

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by mjlowe » Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:49 am

WOW! you all sound like me!! Makes me feel a littl more at home. I suffer with depression. Is it because of the alcohol or chemical imbalance, I think chicken ;egg situation , for me both. I have been on paxil for years...also while i drank..but now my Dr added Abilify and I am doing GREAT!!! I am sober now for 4 months (for my second time..first was for about a year)..keep your chins up and reach out for help. There are alot of resources out there ,,we need to use them!! Prayers to you all

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by Guest » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:04 pm

yes, depression can last a long time. Depends upon if it is clinical or situational

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by VeraKeisey » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:48 pm

bone wrote:
> Good morning! I just rejoined, sometimes people need on an antidepressant,
> I am one of those people

Are you sure about that?

Re: Depression associated with recovery?

Post by bone » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:52 am

Good morning! I just rejoined, sometimes people need on an antidepressant, I am one of those people