Antidepressants and Drinking

Everyone experiences occasional sadness and feelings of depression in response to everyday life, a significant emotional upheaval, or a personal loss. People who have low self-esteem or struggle with their sense of identity, value and worth are more prone to move from occasional depression into chronic depression which is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Disruptive sleep patterns ranging from not sleeping at all to sleeping excessively
  • Loss of interest in activities that used to provide pleasure
  • Significant fluctuations in weight
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

How Antidepressants Work

When a person is suffering from chronic depression, it is not uncommon for a physician to prescribe an antidepressant. Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac and Wellbutrin are some of the more common antidepressants. Since research has show that depression is caused by a decrease of certain chemicals or neurotransmitters, antidepressants are intended to stimulate chemical changes that increase the levels of these neurotransmitters.

About Antidepressants and Drinking

According to the Mayo Clinic it is strongly recommended that a person does not mix antidepressants and alcohol because of the following problems:

  • It can increase or worsen the symptoms of depression
  • Alcohol can actually counteract the benefits one might receive from the antidepressant
  • The antidepressant might increase a person’s susceptibility to become intoxicated
  • Side effects associated with the antidepressant may increase in intensity or frequency because of the alcohol
  • The combination of antidepressant and alcohol puts a person at risk because his judgment, coordination, and ability to have rational thought is impaired

Treatment for Abuse of Antidepressants and Alcohol

If you are suffering from abuse of antidepressants and alcohol, it is recommended that you seek professional assistance in a residential treatment facility that removes the temptation of the drugs and alcohol from your everyday life. In addition, the detox staff can provide medical supervision to ensure that you wean off the antidepressant in a safe and comfortable manner. After detox it is important for you to participate in treatment that will help you accomplish the following goals:

  • Identify underlying issues that may have caused your depression
  • Learn new strategies to avoid the use of antidepressants to handle symptoms of depression
  • Understand the role that alcohol has in your life
  • Give you the opportunity to heal emotionally and physically
  • Develop a plan for living your life without antidepressants and alcohol
  • Provide motivation to maintain your commitment to living a sober life
  • Transition from treatment back to everyday life with skills that will help you succeed

Get Help for Antidepressants and Drinking

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or the abuse of antidepressants and alcohol, you need help and information about detox and rehab services. While recovery from depression and alcoholism is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about rehab. We are here to help.