Addiction Forum Question

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HopetrackerA3 A Mom From FL

Should my daughter take anti-depressants when she's trying to get off prescriptions?

My daughter had a problem with prescription drugs, and the treatment center she went to sent her home with a prescription for Prozac. Should she really be taking these if the whole reason she went to rehab in the first place was for taking pills? I’m concerned that she’s just going to jump from one pill to the other.
Olivia K Prozac is a non-addictive anti-depressant, so I wouldn't worry about your daughter becoming addicted. There is a huge difference between narcotic prescription drugs, like oxycodone, and non-narcotics used to help stabilize mood. Prozac does not cause euphoria, which is that "good feeling" that makes drugs addictive. Instead, it helps to balance brain chemistry and prevent relapse. I would trust the doctors at the treatment center, but if you're still skeptical about whether or not your daughter needs to be taking anti-depressants, you can always get a second opinion from a psychiatrist that isn't affiliated with the treatment center.
Olivia K If the facility that she attended sent her home with this medication, I would contact them to see if she needs to be tapered off of this medication at some point. It is common for treatment centers to prescribe antidepressants to help clients stabilize and balance brain chemistry. While it may seem counterproductive to take medication after overcoming an addiction to pills, anti-depressants aren't inherently addictive or dangerous when taken as directed.