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Antidepressant Addiction

Facts about Antidepressants

Antidepressants are medications prescribed to individuals with some sort of depressive disorder which is causing life-restricting symptoms. Working over a period of time, these drugs can work to correct brain chemical imbalances that contribute to mood disorders. Some of the more common psychiatric conditions that might require antidepressants are anxiety disorders, depression, or insomnia. Antidepressant addiction is a topic that many medical professionals continue to debate. Some will site that antidepressant addiction can be an issue for patients abusing the medication in an attempt to get high. Other medical professionals take the position that antidepressant addiction is not possible, it is the depression that pushes some to turn to other addictive drugs such as heroin or meth.

 

Antidepressants are a relatively new addition to the prescription drug list. First developed in the 1950’s, their use has become more common as the social stigma dropped and public awareness increased.  Columbia University Medical Center, and other leading medical institutes have performed studies that indicate the rate of antidepressant use in the United States has doubled, suggesting that more individuals are comfortable seeking and accepting treatment for depression. Antidepressant addiction and other addictions can be treated within an inpatient rehab center for addiction in Huntington Beach, California.

Antidepressant Addiction Signs and Symptoms

In contrast to other mood-altering drugs and prescription medications, antidepressants do not work within the body to create drug cravings or any sort of high. Antidepressants work to lift the curtain of depression by changing the way the brain responds to certain chemicals. Over time, these medications can vastly improve an individual’s quality of life. There is a link between antidepressant use and other addictions such as alcohol addiction and illicit drug addiction. This link is not related directly to the use of antidepressants, but rather to the underlying depression issues that can drive individuals to seek relief in alcohol and street drugs that cause a high. For those individuals seeking treatment for alcoholism and heroin addiction along with coexisting disorders, drug rehab in Huntington Beach can turn things around.

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Antidepressant Treatment Options

Unfortunately, many become frustrated when they feel their antidepressant isn’t working to their standards and attempt to quit without medical supervision. Treatment for depression also often requires a strict and time consuming treatment plan, including therapy, attending addiction support group meetings in Huntington Beach, and detox for drug addiction. For individuals who are suffering with depression and drug addiction, thought should be given to a quality inpatient drug treatment program able to deal with dual diagnosis and other conditions.

 

Inpatient drug rehab can be a safe place for individuals needing 24hour medical care and supervision while undergoing antidepressant addiction detox and required therapies. Inpatient drug rehab in Huntington Beach gives addicts a safe, secure environment to begin to deal with their drug and alcohol issues. Because teenagers and younger adults are more susceptible to complications during antidepressant withdrawal, rehab centers closely monitor each patient, preventing individuals from self-harm.

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