Depression and Alcoholism after the Loss of a Husband

Depression and Alcoholism after the Loss of a HusbandFeeling depressed after the death of a loved one is a normal part of the grieving process. Processing these feelings in a healthy way is vital to preventing addiction and clinical depression. Although many people are tempted to turn to alcohol as a way to cope with feelings of sadness, this will make it harder to recover and may increase your feelings of depression.

Healthy Ways to Deal with Depression after the Loss of a Husband

Actively coping with grief by doing enjoyable activities will help combat depression. Start small such as having coffee with a friend or taking short walks in the park. Interacting with those you care about can help you deal with sadness. Being honest about your emotions with those you are close to can be therapeutic and help you work through your feelings. You may consider joining a support group for surviving spouses especially if you lack a support network or have experienced depression in the past. If the emotional pain does not improve or becomes worse over time, if you are having suicidal thoughts or you are unable to complete normal daily tasks, you should seek professional counseling to help you process your grief.

Alcohol Abuse Will Prevent You from Processing Grief

Depression is often a cause of alcohol abuse, and it can lead to addiction. Using alcohol to cope may seem like an easy way to deal with pain, but in the long run it will make things worse and prevent you from processing your grief. Alcohol can increase feelings of depression, causing an individual to drink more over time. Using alcohol as a coping mechanism prevents you from thinking about the problem which is unhealthy and will make it harder to recover from emotional pain.

Alcohol lowers levels of serotonin in the brain which can add to depressed feelings, and it depletes the body of many vitamins and nutrients which help the body process serotonin and dopamine. Alcohol use can also harm the production of the hormone cortisone, decreasing the ability to process stress. While alcohol will numb the pain temporarily, it will cause more problems and make you feel worse in the long run.

Get Help for Alcohol Abuse and Depression

If you are struggling to cope with the death of a loved one and have turned to alcohol or drugs for help, call our toll-free helpline now. We are here to listen to your concerns, and we can help you find the professional resources that will help you move forward with a healthy life. Call now, as our counselors are here for you 24 hours a day.