Depression can seriously affect an individual both emotionally and physically. Those individuals that suffer from depression know all too well the crippling feeling of an inability to do anything. Simply activities of daily living can feel like a burden. The act of getting out of bed can seem an insurmountable obstacle. Depression can feel like your body is made of lead. Simple actions that once were part of your routine fall away and the act of showering, going food shopping, or even eating become laborious feats. Feelings of emptiness fill your day. For those who are in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol, feelings of emptiness, fatigue, insomnia, negative thoughts, anxiety, and sadness are all too familiar. It is not uncommon for an individual in recovery from a substance use disorder to experience depression. Sometimes these feelings of depression in recovery from addiction can cause the drug or alcohol addicted individuals Depression and substance abuse often go hand in hand with one another. Individuals may have started drinking or using drugs due to a need to alleviate their sadness and drug and alcohol abuse can lead to sadness and depression. It is a vicious cycle that drug or alcohol addicted individuals can become stuck in with no end in sight. For those in recovery from their addiction, it can be difficult to cope with depression and its symptoms.