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Can alcohol or drugs interfere with treatment for mood disorder?

Using alcohol or drugs while taking medication can be dangerous. It can interfere with the medication, rendering it less effective or it can affect your physical systems negatively. Using alcohol or drugs while attempting talk therapy interferes with clear communication. Many effective approaches to alcohol and narcotic abuse exist; Alcoholics Anonymous isn't the only one. You may need to embark on these in concert with or even before you begin treatment for your mood disorder. Do not hesitate to talk with your healthcare providers about your struggles with alcohol or drugs. Those with mood disorders are prone to dependency on these substances. The doctors have seen it before; they know how to help you.

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