Depressed Addicted Women — Issues in Treatment and Recovery
Depressed addicted women are quite common. Women tend to be vulnerable to a substance-induced depression, for example. Women are also likely to have had a pre-existing depression before their substance use started. If women with both conditions do not resolve their depression, there is a higher risk for relapse in early sobriety. It is likely in that case that women will use substances in order to self-medicate the depressive symptoms.