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Mental Effects of Caregiver Substance Abuse

The demands of being a caregiver are many, and they can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion as well as mental disorders over time. Add substance abuse to the mix, and these effects can worsen. But the negative effects of being a caregiver can exist whether substances are present or not. They include:

  • Social isolation and loneliness: If a caregiver has to be available 24/7 to care for someone, it can cause them to become isolated from others, which can lead to loneliness. Having to sacrifice their schedule and free time can also make it difficult to maintain healthy friendships and build a romantic relationship.


  • Depression: Another potential emotional toll of being a caregiver, depression can slowly seep into their life while they are dedicating their time to someone else. Caring for someone on a daily basis and juggling the needs of that person with their own can be distressing, especially if the person is terminally ill. Knowing there may not be any relief or payoff for these efforts, and watching a loved one suffer may also take a toll on the caregiver’s happiness.


  • Anxiety and stress: Having to make difficult decisions and keeping up with the many needs of your loved one (medication, hygiene, therapy, meals, doctor visits, etc.) can be stressful, with the potential to lead to anxiety. Family drama and resentment for the lack of help by other relatives, among other issues, can also contribute to stress and anxiety.


  • Fatigue: Being available around the clock to care for a loved one often means waking up in the middle of the night to meet different needs. One night, it might be to help them to the bathroom. Another night, it might be for an emergency trip to the hospital. After so many sleepless nights with so many daily responsibilities, many of which can be strenuous, fatigue can easily set in.

While many caregivers endure these factors without the need to rely on any person or substance (medication, etc.) to cope, others do have the need, but both scenarios can be perfectly healthy. Caregivers and individuals who aren’t caregivers are prescribed drugs for depression, anxiety and pain every day, and thousands of them take these medications safely and as prescribed. But just as with any other prescription situation, the chances of substance abuse are higher for individuals with a drug prescription than for those without one.


Self-Care Helps You Become a Better Caregiver

Helping others is a noble and challenging calling. Whether you’re taking care of clients in their own homes, working with people at a hospital or other facility, or caring for a family member or friend, it can be difficult to juggle the demands of everyday life with caregiving.

If you’re struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, or mental health concerns like depression while caring for others, there are many resources that can help. By reaching out, you can better serve those you care for. Before you can be a force for good for others, you must first develop a loving and caring relationship with your own mind and body. You can ensure that you are properly administering care to others by ensuring that your own needs are met. While under the influence of substances or during a mental health crisis, it is easy to make mistakes with medication dosages, time tracking, and other essential functions of caregiving. Understanding that you can and should be cared for can make a world of difference in your life and in the lives of those you love.

The Recovery Village offers comprehensive treatment for those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health concerns. By treating the whole person and laying the groundwork for a life-long recovery, clients can learn how to live their lives free from the confines of substances. If you or someone you know is ready for treatment, call today to learn more about how The Recovery Village cares for others.

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You Are Not Alone

Blog Post: Family Caregiver Alliance

Caregivers :

Whether it’s an exciting time, or a difficult time of the year, the holiday season is upon us. The holidays can give much joy and happiness, but they can also bring added responsibilities and feelings of grief. Because of the additional demands of the season, many family caregivers understandably experience an increase in stress this time of year.

You Are Not Alone Care Givers

For those caregivers looking for help and advice, FCA has articles on holiday caregiving topics including stress, family dynamics, and gratitude. Our new Caregiving Through the Holidays webinar is also available to view. New and seasoned caregivers can take advantage of FCA’s free online service FCA CareJourney. CareJourney provides quality information, support, and resources tailored to your individual situation.

On behalf of the staff, volunteers, and board of directors at FCA, I’d like to wish you all a peaceful and happy holidays.


Calvin Hu – Education Coordinator

Talk Therapy


Talk Therapy Can Help Seniors Deal with Depression

Talk Therapy Can Help Seniors Deal with Depression

It’s easy to see why some seniors can fall into deep depression and decide life may not be worth living anymore. They may have lost a spouse, family members, children, friends or perhaps their mobility and health.

Sometimes depression may come softly, slowly stealing the seniors’ enthusiasm for life and isolating themselves from others while struggling alone with all sorts of depressive emotions.

New therapies have emerged that can help seniors deal with emotional issues that even they may not know they have. Talk therapy is one method of treatment that’s making amazing pathways to help seniors re-evaluate their present situation and find ways to deal with it.

How Talk Therapy for Seniors Works

Mental health social workers, psychiatrists and psychologists are become adept at helping seniors revamp their lives with the help of talk therapy. This type of therapy is designed to get the seniors to confront their negative thoughts and mood swings and develop new ones that can stave off bouts of depression that plague them in future years.

Talk Therapy Can Help Seniors Deal with Depression

Some seniors that are dealing with depression today may be part of the generation that didn’t put much stock into therapy or counseling. They think of it as ‘spilling their guts’ to a person they don’t know and who doesn’t really know them. It’s embarrassing and a stigma that they want to avoid at all costs.

During a senior’s younger years, most have likely never entered a therapist’s office. Now, however, they’re recognizing that some of their problems might be easier to handle if they talk to a professional about ways to deal with them.

Since Medicare pays for therapy and psychiatric assessment, there’s no viable reason for a senior not to have an evaluation from a professional. Seniors are realizing that their time is more limited than it was and that they need to make the most of whatever years they have left.

Talk therapy is a good place to start when dealing with a senior’s depression and negative thoughts. If the patient is in full blown clinical depression, antidepressants may be in order – or some other type of lifestyle change such as diet and exercise.

Talking to someone neutral — especially a trained professional — about personal problems and fears can’t hurt and will likely give the senior a new perspective on life so they can become open to changes and new opportunities that present themselves in later years.