Antidepressants are used by people who struggle with everything from depression to other mental health issues. It can also be abused by people who use it incorrectly. Unlike other drugs, it does not bring on euphoria, or cravings, but they still have dependency issues for some people who cannot stop using them. Doctors may misdiagnose and prescribe medication, which gets people hooked. Alcohol may be used alongside the drugs, as well. Find out how people get treated for being hooked on antidepressants and how to get help.
How Antidepressants Work
Antidepressants are prescription medications that help treat depressive symptoms. Common forms of antidepressant medication include SSRIs and SNRIs. These treat depression by changing the brain’s chemicals and impacting mood. People feel more positive and feel better about their lives. Antidepressants can also be prescribed to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). These drugs are available as tablets or capsules. More commonly, these drugs include Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil, Zoloft, and a few others.
Effects and Abuse
Widely prescribed, antidepressants are safer than benzodiazepines for some disorders but the drugs have less potential for abuse. Some people abuse antidepressant medications anyway. The most commonly reported motivation for abuse is to get a psychostimulant-like effect. Antidepressants do not have euphoric effects like other drugs and cannot cause a high. Some people like to take more of it because their mood becomes elevated. Over time, the drug accumulates in the brain and may cause long term consequences. Mostly, they will stop working for people who abuse them because the brain develops tolerance and they cannot find relief from the drug for symptoms. Antidepressant overdose may also occur, which can take the form of:
- Impaired coordination
People may also abuse alcohol while on antidepressants. When people drink and use drugs, they may complicate health issues, like increased sedation, high blood pressure, worsening anxiety or depression, and even heart palpitations.
When seeking help for antidepressant addiction and abuse, it can be dangerous because quitting requires supervision. Any drug that is taken, especially more than one with a mood disorder connected to it, requires help from professionals who understand how to taper off the drug and help someone take back control of their life from drugs and alcohol. Finding proper treatment is necessary to ensure a long-lasting recovery.
The Last Resort helps people with all kinds of addiction. If you are struggling with antidepressant and alcohol addiction, or just one of those, we have the tools to help you quit for good. Our professional staff develops a plan to help you detox, get clean, and heal from addiction while also treating mood disorders. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.