Along with the opioid crisis, the use of antidepressants has grown considerably throughout our culture, especially over the last 10 to 20 years. It is important for people to weigh the pros and cons of any medication before taking it. Just because a doctor recommends it, doesn’t mean it’s the best direction to take. Get a second opinion and conduct your own research, too. Be informed. Antidepressants are not harmless, and have life-changing side effects.

Common side effects for taking antidepressants include: nervousness and agitation, panic, insomnia, daytime drowsiness, loss of libido or other sexual problems, and weight gain. While short-term use can prove beneficial, and a real game-changer, these drugs can also be extremely difficult to wean off. According to a recent article in the New York Times, a study found common withdrawal symptoms include: dizziness, nausea, headache and paresthesia — electric-shock sensations in the brain that many people call brain zaps. Most of these symptoms symptoms can lasted longer than two weeks. In fact it can take months to entirely wean off some antidepressants.

As in many parts of life, there are two sides to an issue. People in recovery may be loathed to take another drug for fear of becoming addicted to them. They may want to rid their bodies of chemicals altogether. Without drugs, however, an addicted person may not be able produce natural amounts of serotonins or happy-inducing chemicals in their brain. That’s because they’ve relied on drugs to keep them happy for a long time. Those in detox and early recovery often experience depression. Antidepressants can help relieve these feelings until the brain is able to produce good-feeling chemicals on its own again.

Getting sober is transformative. It can mean the difference between life and death, good versus declining or serious health problems. Antidepressant can help get some people over the hump, while others are able to use fellowship programs as their feel-good place. You can use your resources, suggestions by addiction specialist and friends to find joy in your life again. Learn the facts about medication and weigh your choices carefully.

“There is a cultural question here, which is how much depression should people have to live with when we have these treatments that give so many a better quality of life. I don’t think that’s a question that should be decided in advance.” Dr. Peter Kramer

If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, get help now. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started:(888) 855-6877

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