5 thoughts on “How to take antidepressants in sobriety

  • February 24, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for this great post. I never questioned my own use of anti-depressants when I was in AA and trying to get sober. They were two completely different things, and frankly, if I am off the anti-depressants, the desire to drink will be that much greater, and drinking will feel that much more “necessary.” And I don’t see anything noble in going it alone. I’d be dead without my anti-depressants or at least suicidally depressed.

    I remember one experience in AA when two old timers were talking about sobriety dates. One woman who had only ever abused alcohol and had 10+ years of sobriety, told the other that she had recently gotten hooked on pain pills when her back went out. She fairly quickly conquered this problem and went back to sober life as usual. What bothered me was the other woman’s response: “Are you going to change your sobriety date?” Ugh. Why are we so obsessed with these dates? Do we think we’re better than someone else because we didn’t slip? And why should someone who has years of sobriety have to start back at zero because of a slip? Does a slip completely negate all of that sober time?

    These is lots to love in AA, but there is also a lot to question.

  • February 24, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Just my opinion…but of course you are still sober!

    Don’t let anyone tell you you are an “addict” for taking medication to feel emotionally better.

  • February 25, 2016 at 8:34 am

    There are a lot of people in the program who have a lot of time understanding how anitdepressants work to help people “fel detter.” because they have used substances to distort their otherwise normal nervous systems to get a high, many Think that what anitdepressants do is cause a normally functioning system to work in over drive; they assume that thse work as uppers or “happy pills”. The idea that these don’t immediate change your mood when you take them as does a shot of whiskey or an opiate, and therefore make psychological addiction unlikely, is hard for many to grasp, and the effects one gets from discontinuing suddenly are all too easily dismissed as withdrawal. I am also Bipolar (Bip I,) alcoholic father. He understands my situation but many other Children of alcoholics DO NOT. Strength to you!

  • March 10, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    First off I want to commend you on your post, it is excellent. I also want to congratulate you on your sobriety. I am not an alcoholic and have never been in rehab or AA so maybe I don’t truly understand. I have from time to time suffered with bouts of depression and been on medications to combat this nasty illness. I would not consider it a slip if you are taking antidepressants to combat your depression. If you were somehow abusing these drugs to get a high than yes, I would consider you to have broken your sobriety. However, if you are just taking them to get you back to what you would consider normal than no way would I consider it a problem. I assume one of the reasons to live a sober life if you are an addict is so that you can live a healthy life and living with depression is not healthy so if taking a medication can help alleviate that than by all means go ahead!

  • April 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I suppose the answer would be both yes and no. While you are sober from alcohol, you are addicted to another psychotropic compound. Originally,antidepressants were intended to be used on a temporary basis. However, that is rarely the case. If you truly want to be free from all substances, then you’ll need to deal with the anxiety, emotional distress and the underlying issues which are creating those emotional states. This is not easy, but it’s worth the effort.


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