For some individuals, the changing seasons may mean more than just hats and scarves. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression, has been linked to a lack of sunlight. Similar to other mental illnesses, depression may encourage drug and alcohol abuse. Substance abuse treatment centers and drug rehabilitation facilities can provide individuals with the tools they need to kick their addictions and turn their lives around.
During the winter months, the amount of sunlight during the day decreases gradually across the country, sending individuals prone to SAD into a depressed state. The disorder is said to result from a change in biochemical processes in the brain, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reports.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, six out of every 100 people suffer from this form of winter depression in the U.S. Between 10 and 20 percent of the general population may have mild cases of SAD every season.
Individuals with SAD typically experience a loss of appetite, anxiety and appetite changes. Experts say that when these symptoms of the winter blues begin to interrupt every day activities, it’s important to contact a mental health professional. People suffering from drug or alcohol dependency as a result of SAD are encouraged to contact a drug rehabilitation facility for treatment.