SSRIs, Depression and Addiction

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRI drugs, are a commonly prescribed medication for depression. By learning more about SSRI drugs and other depression drugs, you can make wise treatment choices for yourself or your loved ones. If you would like to get help for depression right now, please call our toll-free helpline and speak with an experienced recovery professional about the latest in depression treatment.

Who Can Use SSRI Medications?

Depression may be caused by a combination of traumatic or sad events and a chemical imbalance in the brain. Depression is affected by the brain’s use of serotonin and the amount of serotonin and other neurotransmitters that control positive feelings in the brain. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are one of the most popular types of antidepressants available. SSRIs work by helping the brain use the neurotransmitter serotonin more effectively. Serotonin helps promote feelings of happiness, and higher levels of serotonin have been associated with lower levels of anxiety and a better ability to metabolize stress related hormones like cortisol.

SSRI drugs are intended for adults who suffer from depression or dysthymia (mild depression). SSRI drugs are not recommended for children, adolescents or pregnant women. SSRI drugs are not often recommended for people who struggle with bipolar disorder, as they may create the onset of mania in certain situations. Every person is unique. The best way to treat depression is by working with a depression expert such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, counselor or inpatient treatment program. By choosing a program that offers depression specialists you can find the best combination of medications and targeted therapy to get better faster.

Depression and Addiction

There is a link between depression and addiction. Many people self-medicate depression through the use of drugs or alcohol. Substance use and addictive behaviors can lead to a spiral of worsening depression and addiction. While substance use may give you some relief from your feelings, it also brings consequences of feeling physically ill, feeling tired or ill and becoming dependent on the drug just to get by. Fortunately modern mental health care has begun to understand how substance abuse and addiction interact to create a spiral of worsening symptoms. A new type of treatment, integrated treatment, has been developed. Integrated treatment heals both addiction and mental illnesses like depression at the same time and in the same location. Integrated treatment therapists are specialists in both substance abuse and depression. An integrated rehab program can help you find the right balance of medications, therapies and ongoing support to bring wellness to your mind and your body.

Find the Right Treatment for Depression and Addiction Issues

Please call our toll-free helpline to get connected with an experienced recovery professional. We can help you learn more about your treatment options for depression care and addiction recovery. We can even help you work with your insurance provider to arrange coverage for treatment as needed. Call our toll-free helpline to learn how we can help you or your loved one today.