What is antidepressant addiction?
Signs of abuse
Treating antidepressant addiction

If you have been prescribed antidepressants you may use these to treat moderate to severe depression. It works by changing the brains chemical balance (serotonin) which helps boosts your mood and can make you feel more positive about your life. Antidepressants can also be prescribed to treat OCD, phobias, bulimia and also anxiety.

What is antidepressant addiction?

Antidepressants can be very additive but in a different way to other prescribed medications. They work slowly overtime, unlike other mood altering prescriptions they will not give you the same ‘buzz’ or ‘high’. Although, if you’re addicted to other substances you may take antidepressants to try achieve this.

You may not have the same cravings and sense of euphoria that other substances may present, but still develop a physical dependence to it.

Antidepressants are found in capsule or tablet form, see below the most common antidepressants:

  • Paroxetine
  • Sertraline
  • Fluoxetine
  • Citalopram
  • Venlafaxine

Signs of antidepressant abuse

  • Change in appetite
  • Slurred speech
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Struggling financially
  • Irregular sleep pattern
  • Change in appearance

Treating antidepressant addiction

Our expert recovery team at Steps Together, use a detox and therapy programme designed to provide all the support and care to help you overcome your Antidepressant Addiction.

We understand that admitting your own dependency is difficult. However, at Steps Together, we believe that is never too late to seek help.

Through our detox and therapy programme, we will help stop your Antidepressant addiction. While this may seem like a daunting prospect, our highly experienced recovery team are well equipped to guide you.


The treatment we offer at Steps Together begins with a detox process, which allows the drug to leave your body. During this period you may experience some withdrawal symptoms. Although these symptoms are not usually life-threatening, there may be some discomfort experienced during this time. You should never just stop taking antidepressants or going “cold turkey.” Doing this so suddenly could cause withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Ringing in ears (Tinnitus)
  • Flu symptoms
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Sensation of electric shock inside your head
  • Difficulty in walking or balancing
  • Unusual dreams