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Depression & Alcohol Treatment

Alcohol Rehab in St. Augustine, FL

At Dr. Paul's By The Sea, we provide several treatment types for those who struggle with a dual diagnosis. Depression and alcohol is one of the most common co-occurring disorders, with nearly 30-40% of alcoholics found to suffer from depression. We utilize evidence-based therapies that will help teach you new coping skills. These are designed to give you the ability to live a life without needing to use alcohol.


Start the recovery process. Rid your body of toxins and become free from your dependency on drugs and alcohol.

Residential Rehab

Get to the heart of your addiction. Learn coping skills to help you overcome cravings and learn to live a sober life.

Outpatient Rehab

Maintain your sober support system while you take a step back into your obligations at work and at home. Continue the recovery process.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment in St. Augustine, FL

It is common for people who drink to sometimes "drown their sorrows" whenever things go wrong in their life. Stress and sadness can be overwhelming, and alcohol has the power to make people temporarily forget whatever is happening so that they feel happier or more relaxed. At Dr. Paul's By The Sea, we provide dual diagnosis treatment for those who struggle with depression and alcohol abuse.

When someone has been diagnosed with clinical depression, it is not surprising that they might be tempted to drink heavily as their symptoms arise. The connection between depression and alcohol is one of the strongest of any co-occurring disorder. Once alcohol is consumed, it activates the brain's reward system, causing feelings of pleasure and relaxation. This is a 'quick fix' solution, and the effect only lasts for a short period unless more alcohol is taken. By encouraging this dangerous behavior, the person eventually falls into a cycle of substance abuse.

Without treatment, the cycle will continue, which can lead to severe life-threatening consequences. Dr. Paul's By The Sea offers treatment that can help individuals who are struggling to handle their depression symptoms and the complications that their substance abuse has caused. Our programs for alcohol treatment and major depression include detoxification and inpatient rehab. The integrated treatments provided allow each patient to experience the best care possible for their individualized needs.

Detox & Inpatient Rehab

While there is no go-to cure for a dual diagnosis, it can be successfully treated within a professional treatment facility. A specialized treatment plan is implemented for each patient once they are admitted. The first step usually involves detoxing from the drugs or alcohol that have caused a physical dependency.

Detoxing from alcohol can be extremely dangerous and should always be done under professional medical supervision. During detox, patients will be kept in a safe environment where they can be monitored and have access to our clinical team 24/7. If more severe symptoms develop, they can be given medication to lessen the discomfort and pain. Detoxing in rehab is also beneficial as it reduces the risk of the patient relapsing.

To successfully treat a co-occurring disorder, both the physical and mental illness must be addressed. Once detox is complete, patients transition into an inpatient rehab and will begin individual and group therapy. One of the most efficient forms of therapy proven to work is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is effective because it changes the patient's negative thinking patterns about their behavior. By identifying the use of alcohol as a negative behavior instead of a positive one, the patient will be able to resist usual triggers.


A dual diagnosis treatment program is vital for someone suffering from depression and uses alcohol to cope. Patients will learn that they can manage their depression with medication and therapy, encouraging a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.


Joint Commission Accredited

Dr. Paul By The Sea is fully credentialed and licensed in the state of Florida by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO). JCAHO is unanimously considered the gold standard of addiction treatment by industry professionals. Knowing that the facility has obtained this certification should be a top priority for individuals to look at when researching to find the right inpatient or outpatient treatment facility for them. 

We dedicate our facilities and treatment methods to ensuring that we provide the best available recovery options while maintaining professional levels of care. Please contact us today and hear how our caring staff of experts use their experience to implement evidence-based treatments to make sure each of our patients receives the most effective treatment regimens.


Alcohol & Substance-Induced Depression

A co-occurring disorder can happen in a few different ways. People who struggle with clinical depression but have not been diagnosed or are not receiving treatment might turn to alcohol to continually deal with their feelings of hopelessness and self-destructive thoughts. Their alcohol abuse will eventually evolve into addiction because symptoms of their illness only grow worse than they drink.

Alcohol is a depressant that affects the central nervous system; it increases depressive disorder symptoms. A person who drinks to self-medicate exacerbates the problem, worsening their mental health, and damaging their physical health.

There are several symptoms of a depressive disorder, including:

  • Restlessness
  • Loss of interest normal activities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of energy
  • Quick to anger
  • Insomnia

The situation can be the same for someone who doesn't struggle with being depressed. They drink when they experience normal daily stress or feelings of sadness when something terrible happens. Because heavy alcohol consumption can lead to mood problems, a person who drinks whenever a problem comes up could find that their addiction has caused them to develop clinical depression. This problem is quite common for people with addictions, and it is known as substance-induced depression. People who are depressed due to their alcoholism can potentially eliminate most of their symptoms with dual diagnosis treatment.


Facts About Depression & Alcohol

Depression & Young Adults

Depressed teens are more likely to have problems with alcohol when they become adults.

Depression in Women

Women who are depressed are more than twice as likely to drink heavily.

Alcohol & Antidepressents

Heavy alcohol use can make antidepressants less effective.

Depressive Symptoms

Up to 40 percent of people who drink heavily have symptoms resembling a depressive illness

Suicidal Thoughts

People who are depressed and drink heavily have more frequent and severe episodes of depression and are more likely to think about suicide.

Tricare & TriWest Insurance Accepted

Dr. Paul’s By The Sea is proud to provide service to the men and women in our military forces. We thank you and accept Tricare insurance, allowing us to provide high-quality health resources to active-duty and veteran service members.

Our rehab center near the city of Jacksonville provides substance use disorder and mental health treatments for these service members and their families.   

Tricare Accepted Rehab

Recovery from Alcoholism & Depression

Regardless of whether depression precedes addiction or alcoholism has led to the development of the disorder, it is essential to treat a co-occurring disorder. Dual diagnosis treatment focuses attention on improving symptoms of mental disorders while ensuring that the patient is learning valuable tools to recover from their alcohol problem. With only general rehabilitation treatment, someone with depression is at a higher risk of relapse because they do not receive attention for their disorder.

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Dual diagnosis treatment allows patients to work with experienced therapists that understand the complexities and healthy relationship between mental illness and addiction. Patients in a dual diagnosis program can benefit from specialized treatment that helps them overcome the unique issues that have kept them addicted. Individual and group therapy, activities, education, and a daily treatment routine can all help people with a dual diagnosis to gradually reduce the symptoms of both of their disorders.

At our Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Center in St. Augustine, Florida, our patients learn all the skills necessary to manage their mental illness and stay sober after treatment. Through recovery for depression and alcoholism, it is possible to return to a healthier and happier life.


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