Talking about Depression or Addiction with Your Physician
You talk to your doctor about that mole on your foot. You talk to your doctor about the less attractive symptoms associated with your latest sinus infection. But do you talk to your doctor about addiction? Do you talk to your doctor about depression? If the answer is no, ask yourself why you feel comfortable discussing a range of other personal issues with your physician but not these issues that need just as much professional attention.
Can Your Doctor Help with Depression and Addiction?
There is a stigma attached to both depression and addiction. This stigma leaves individuals feeling as though they will be harshly and negatively judged for their struggles with both or either of these issues. There are several good reasons to feel comfortable discussing these topics with your doctor, and these include the following:
- As your primary care physician your doctor may be the first person to notice the ill side effects of your addiction or depression
- Your doctor can explain the treatment options available to you
- If your health is in jeopardy because of the type of drugs you have been using, your doctor will know what to look for in screening tests
- Once you have received addiction help, your physician will be aware of your situation and can adjust your care accordingly
- If any long-term ill effects of your drug use crop up in the future, your physician will be able to recognize them for what they are and adjust your care accordingly
What you discuss with your doctor will be private. Concerns about patient privacy and addiction ramifications from a legal standpoint should not be an issue unless you specifically mention the fact that you are going to harm yourself or put others in danger. If you still feel that you can’t talk about depression and addiction, you are not without hope. Talking to a helpline counselor can offer a sense of privacy and anonymity that often allows addicts and those who are depressed to open up more than they would around someone they know.
Benefits of Talking about Addiction and Depression
Learning how to talk about addiction will help you get quality addiction treatment, and it is also an essential part of your recovery. Qualified addiction doctors and counselors can help you work your way through the addiction and mental health concerns that have been contributing to your addictive behaviors. Medically supervised detox services will ensure that your health, your overall well-being and your comfort levels are maintained. Physical and psychological recovery will be tailored to meet your unique needs, and integrated treatment programs will treat addiction and mental health issues separately but at the same time to ensure a long-lasting sobriety.
Call for Immediate Depression and Addiction Support
If you are ready to talk about addiction or depression, please give us a call. Calls to our helpline are toll free and will set you on the right path to sustainable sobriety.