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Last Updated on August 8, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Michael Loes MD

At Alternative to Meds Center, specific methods of Cymbalta addiction help have been discovered that simplify this process and alleviate withdrawal side effects. When a person has developed a Cymbalta addiction, they can face a challenging process when discontinuing their dependency and enduring Cymbalta withdrawal. We know of better solutions than continuing a life of antidepressant medicating.

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How Common Is Cymbalta Addiction?

cymbalta addiction treatmentSince depression is so common in today’s society, Cymbalta addiction symptoms may be increasingly prevalent, as the most common depression treatments are with antidepressant drugs. Cymbalta carries a slew of potential side effects including physical dependency and antidepressant discontinuation syndrome, also known as withdrawal. Cymbalta is one of a class of antidepressants called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs. Cymbalta is known for harsh withdrawal symptoms when trying to discontinue the use of the medication, like other SNRIs. However, many patients who have taken antidepressants claim they were never properly warned about these serious long-term Cymbalta side effects, such as Cymbalta addiction symptoms and withdrawal.

What Are the Risks of Long-Term Antidepressant Use?

As with other drug addictions, long-term antidepressant use may eventually lead to a serious dependence upon the drug; so serious that one cannot function without the drug. This hypothesis is confirmed by the many serious Cymbalta withdrawal addiction symptoms that may be experienced when a person forgets to take a dose or discontinues use completely. Though antidepressants are not likely to be abused, many long-term users develop an antidepressant tolerance. Tolerance means that the initially prescribed dosage is no longer producing the same effects and this problem is often resolved by increasing the dosage. The dosage may have to be increased several times during prolonged use of the drug, and often leads to Cymbalta abuse. The FDA describes serious and potentially life-threatening adverse reactions to Cymbalta, which is a timed-release antidepressant.1 To overcome these problems, Cymbalta addiction treatment is typically required.

Does Cymbalta Addiction Respond to Addiction Treatment?

When a heroin addict develops a tolerance to heroin they often increase their dosage just enough to produce the same effects achieved from the initial dosage they used. With Cymbalta addiction medication tolerance, it is very similar except for a doctor usually increases the dosage for you. There are many prescription drugs that are known for addictive properties such as narcotic opiates. However, other classifications of medications can cause addictions, too, even when prescribed. These addictions may be less detectable, possibly because antidepressants are abused in different ways than say, heroin or crack or morphine. Using antidepressants, like using heroin, will cover up depression while you take the drug but all of the problems are still there and the drug will not resolve them. Moreover, as with other drug addictions, Cymbalta antidepressant addiction help is usually required to overcome this dependence. Cymbalta addiction can be resolved in this way.

Why Are Antidepressants Prescribed So Often?

People are often given an antidepressant without any previous investigative effort to find out why the person is suffering from depression. Factors such as vitamin or mineral deficiencies, food allergies, toxic exposures, and many other possible contributing factors to depression are just never checked for routinely. Or the person may have such a poor diet lacking in nutrients that they are unable to produce what is required for a healthy brain. Our brain is subjected to the same harms of a poor diet that our bodies are subjected to. Or maybe the individual is overwhelmed in an unfulfilling lifestyle and needs support and a positive environment in order to make positive changes. Most individuals are given Cymbalta after a traumatic emotional event, and then years later they are still on the drug struggling with Cymbalta addiction withdrawal symptoms if medication use is stopped, These areas should have been checked prior to prescribing a prescription of Cymbalta. Nonetheless, they can still be checked as part of a very thorough and comprehensive Cymbalta addiction treatment program.

Handling the Root Causes of Depression and Other Symptoms

Alternative to Meds Center uncovers the medical causes of why an individual may be depressed, feeling anxious, or unable to sleep. We use lab testing to identify underlying contributing factors to depression. Our program also consists of using natural substances to create stable neurochemistry, elimination of neurotoxins, exacting medication withdrawal techniques, amino therapies, and other nutritional therapies, peer support, personal exercise training, massage, yoga, and other healing holistic therapies that combat depression and create effective Cymbalta addiction treatment plans.2

Find Out More About Cymbalta Addiction Holistic Treatment

cymbalta withdrawal sedona arizonaWe are discovering success every day at Alternative to Meds Center. Each week, we celebrate the positive changes and successes of our participants at our graduation events. Around 50 individuals typically attend, including family members and friends. Meaningful and inspirational tales are talked about at our events, many times recounting several years of bizarre suffering, with clarity that is truly extraordinary. This is an inspiration for us to see this because we know they have the tools now to continue living a healthy life and act as a beacon to other people. You are invited to call, talk with us, and find out the type of Cymbalta addiction help that is available to you or a loved one at our inpatient facility.

1. FDA label information Cymbalta, published online [accessed 2019 Oct 20]

2. “What Causes Depression,” Harvard Medical School Publishing, published June 2009, updated June 24 2019 online [accessed 2019 Oct 20]

Originally Published by Diane Ridaeus Published Nov 4, 2019

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Michael Loes, M.D.


Dr. Michael Loes is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pain Management and Addiction Medicine. He holds a dual license in Homeopathic and Integrative Medicine. He obtained his medical doctorate at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1978. Dr. Loes performed an externship at the National Institute of Health for Psychopharmacology. Additionally, he is a well-published author including Arthritis: The Doctor’s Cure, The Aspirin Alternative, The Healing Response, and Spirit Driven Health: The Psalmist’s Guide for Recovery. He has been awarded the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s “Excellence in Research” Award.

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