Mental illness affects millions of people from all walks of life, and clinical depression is one of the most prevalent mental illnesses in the world. Recovering from antidepressants overdose can be difficult when antidepressants are so readily available in our society. Due to their availability on the street, serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are obtainable for anyone who wishes to purchase them. SSRIs are also common in medical cabinets, and many addicts take pills from friends and family members. Due to the abundance of SSRIs and the ease with which one can require them, many people have trouble giving them up once they have stared abusing them.
Although antidepressants are generally not considered truly addictive like many other drugs, many people have difficulty letting them go. In spite of the fact that antidepressants are not chemically addictive, the feelings they provide can easily become just as addictive as any other feel-good substance, and many people on the road to recovery report moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms. If you or a loved one has become addicted to SSRIs, call us at 1-888-249-7292 for information on SSRI addiction and recovery centers.
Risks Associated With Antidepressants
SSRIs affect the levels of serotonin, a chemical found in the brain that plays a role in mood regulation, pain, sleep, digestion, mental clarity and other functions. Because SSRIs directly affect chemicals found in the brain, they may cause a wide range of minor and moderate side effects. These side effects include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Insomnia or sleep disorder
- Changes in weight
- Decreased libido
- Digestive problems
"The majority of people who overdose on antidepressants have recently attempted to stop taking them and are in the process of recovering at home."
While these side effects are rarely dangerous under the watch of a doctor, recreational antidepressant use may result in serious side effects that are often fatal. In fact, antidepressants are responsible for the second-highest number of overdose fatalities in the United States. The majority of people who overdose on antidepressants have recently attempted to stop taking them and are in the process of recovering at home. This is because the beginning of the withdrawal process lowers the body's tolerance to the drug, and people who seek relief from withdrawal symptoms often relapse to relieve their discomfort during the detox process.
Choosing a Recovery Center
When someone overdoses on antidepressants, the hospital may refer the person to an antidepressants overdose recovery center. Usually, the patient has two options concerning treatment: outpatient or inpatient. Outpatient centers do not require their patients to stay at the facilities. On the other hand, inpatient centers require patients to live in the center throughout the duration of treatment. Because most drug overdoses happen when a patient attempts to relieve withdrawal symptoms at home and, since antidepressants are so readily available, inpatient centers are always recommended for patients who have recently suffered an antidepressant overdose.
When a patient chooses an inpatient recovery center, a team of trained detox professionals is readily available to provide symptom relief during the withdrawal process. Choosing a quality inpatient recovery center ensures that you or your loved one will receive compassionate and expert care. If there are concerns about continuing work during a stay at an inpatient recovery center, multiple programs are available for patients who need to stay in communication with their office.
Call us at 1-888-249-7292 for further assistance as you search for the right inpatient antidepressant recovery center. Our addiction recovery hotlines are always available even if you are just looking for someone to talk to about antidepressant addiction and the best way to ensure a full recovery.