Effexor Addiction

Effexor Addiction

At Alternative to Meds Center we have discovered Effexor addiction help methods which make this process easier and greatly reduce withdrawal symptoms.


When a person has established an Effexor addiction, they can face some of the most challenging Effexor withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing use. Our drug treatment center is aware of other, better answers than living your life medicated on prescription antidepressants.  

The realization that you may have developed a need for Effexor addiction treatment can come out of nowhere as it is often not expected or noticed until you forget a dose and realize how dependant you are upon this drug and how much you need it to carry out life’s daily functions. This antidepressants addiction may develop over a long period of time, after which the body and the mind develop Effexor dependence even if the person does not choose to become dependent upon the drug. Effexor is a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, or SNRI, prescribed to control symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. These medications may lessen the severity of depression and help a person to deal with their depression; the drug is doing this though, not the person who is taking it.

The medication is what is controlling the mood swings, and manic or depressed episodes, not the person. This is where the start may truly exist with Effexor dependence, people start to rely on this drug to control their depression, balance out their moods, improve their general happiness and quality of life. Without the drug, the person would return to their previous state of mental health; most people want to be happy and some people rely on an antidepressant to achieve their happiness. It can be scary to think about having to return to the previous state of depression or mania, and for many people it may be easier to continue with Effexor abuse to alleviate problems rather than dealing with them by one’s self.

No one has to depend on any prescription drug to maintain peace and happiness with one’s self; this can be done naturally. Many people may be afraid to end Effexor abuse because of the potentially painful Effexor withdrawal side effects and the possibility of a resurgence of previous mental health condition symptoms. Patients have described antidepressants addiction as being just as bad as an addiction to Heroin. Some patients who try to taper off of this medication just encounter the uncomfortable experience of antidepressant withdrawal. More often than not, when a person who is dependent upon an antidepressant attempts to taper down their dosage without medical Effexor addiction help, they end up having a relapse because of the horrible Effexor addiction withdrawal symptoms.

Some of the antidepressant addiction withdrawal symptoms that have been reported include: brain zaps or shocks, irritability, flu-like symptoms, night terrors, anxiety, nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, insomnia, increased blood pressure, sweating, dry mouth, loss of appetite, and constipation. There are possibilities of more severe Effexor side effects that may have the potential of being dangerous to your health, rare withdrawal side effects include cardiac arrhythmia, increased cholesterol, stomach pain, changes in vision, Neuroleptic malignant syndrome, pancreatitis, seizure, external bleeding and Tardive Dyskinesia discontinuation syndrome. Tardive Dyskinesia is an involuntary movement disorder and a rare side effect that can emerge during or after withdrawal from this medication.

These withdrawal side effects should not make an impact on the decision to end antidepressant addiction. However, suddenly discontinuing this medication without medical supervision may result in serious withdrawal symptoms and put you at a higher risk of relapsing on Effexor. Choosing to end antidepressant dependence under medical care in an Effexor rehab or cessation center will reduce the risk of experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms and the possibility of relapsing. If you have realized that you may be dependent upon this medication, know that there are alternative ways to treat depression that are not addictive and with Effexor addiction treatment you can safely end addiction without suffering painful withdrawal symptoms.

Most individuals are put on antidepressant medications like Effexor before there have been any investigative efforts put into finding what is causing their depression. Are they really just deficient in Serotonin? What about low thyroid, food allergies, slow metabolism, or toxicity? Even if an individual does have a deficit in serotonin to begin with, taking the medication can develop a real Serotonin deficiency. The SNRI antidepressants do not produce Serotonin; they prevent the reuptake from occurring. Serotonin is supposed for reuptake, so that the nerve cell is able to use it again. This is a conservatory process but if Serotonin is forcibly kept out in nerve space (the synapse), it will degrade into metabolites, and there will be no more Serotonin to reuptake. It’s comparable to the way Cocaine relieves depression only temporarily. Cocaine wastes all of the Dopamine, and does not produce it. Dopamine is the neurochemical that controls reward, when a person initially takes cocaine, there will appear to be reward in everything. Eventually though, all the Dopamine will be gone and nothing will be rewarding to the person.

Serotonin has an inhibitory nature, it inhibits environmental stimulus, and it also produces sleep neurohormones and decreases obsessive or compulsive thoughts and behaviors. When an individual is in antidepressant withdrawal, they will most likely suffer with sleeplessness, anxiety, over stimulation, and even Tourette’s and OCD like symptoms. This happens because now there really is a Serotonin deficit present. Alternative to Meds Center identifies medical reasons that may contribute to depression. To combat depression during withdrawal, we use targeted IV nutrient treatments and oral supplements produced to actually create Serotonin. When this is combined with finding out why the individual was depressed originally, long lasting success can be created and a happy life free or medication. Our program also uses lab tests, natural substances for neurochemistry support, cessation to rid accumulated neurotoxins, medication withdrawal taper methods, massage, exercise, yoga, peer support, and other therapies to provide successful Effexor alternatives for addiction recovery.


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