Problems With Zoloft?
You are not alone.
While many people think that they need to deal with a drug problem by themselves…the truth is that medical treatment works. And you never have to get better all by yourself.
Here, we’ll take a look at what causes a person to become drawn to Zoloft. We review how to identify a problem with Zoloft AND the treatment options currently available. Finally, we outline how much a recovery program costs and how you can prepare for a rehab program.
Zoloft’s Main Uses
Zoloft (sertraline) is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Zoloft has many therapeutic purposes, it is mainly prescribed to people for the moderation of:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
But how can the use of a prescription drug go wrong?
Are You Addicted To Zoloft?
Addiction can start as regular use of a prescription medication. Or it can begin when you use a medicine to get high, or for psychological/emotional effect. However, there are three telltale signs of any addiction. These include:
- Loss of CONTROL of drug use.
- CRAVINGS or COMPULSIVE thinking about a drug.
- CONTINUED use despite negative consequences to you health, home, or social life.
You may be addicted to Zoloft the following statements apply to you:
- My Zoloft use affected my ability to take care of my responsibilities (school, work performance, and household duties).
- I have used Zoloft in situations where I could have been physically hurt driving under the influence.
- My Zoloft use has resulted in cravings, or strong desires/urges to use.
- I’ve kept using Zoloft even though it caused problems with my family, friends, or other people.
- I’ve had to use larger amounts of Zoloft to get the same effects as before.
- I’ve experienced withdrawal symptoms, and/or used Zoloft to make withdrawal symptoms go away.
- I’ve used larger amounts of Zoloft for a longer time than I meant to.
- I’ve often wanted to cut down my use, but couldn’t.
- I’ve spent a great deal of time getting, using or getting over the effects of Zoloft.
- I continue using Zoloft even though I know it could make me more physically sick or emotionally upset than usual.
How Do Experts Diagnose Addiction For Sure?
You can’t treat a problem unless you know what it is. Addiction is a physical and psychological disorder that must be diagnosed first before it gets treated. A diagnosis will also help establish your individual levels of dependence and addiction. The key element by which medical experts recognize Zoloft addiction include:
1. Increasing neglect of important areas of life for Zoloft
2. Continued use despite obvious harms
3. Abuse and misuse characterized by patterns of use and compulsion.
Moderate Levels of Addiction: When the use has begun to affect different areas of your life and you may have gotten yourself into dangerous situations when using.
Substantial Levels of Addiction: When it becomes difficult to stop using, or when the drug use has affected your ability to take care of your responsibilities.
Severe Levels of Addiction: When there is a lost control over drug use and it may be getting harder to function on a daily basis.
Who Is At Risk Of Becoming Addicted To Zoloft?
- Attention seekers
- Children with parents who are addicts or used to be addicts
- Individuals who are exposed to bulling or being influenced by their friends
- People with lack of self-esteem
- People who tend to escape stress or anxiety
Zoloft Addiction Treatment
Addiction recovery programs are based on 7 main objectives. Rehabs are designed to help you:
- Understand addiction
- Overcome the shame and stigma of addiction
- Commit to recovery
- Understand the cycle drug use
- Resolve underlying issues behind addiction
- Establish relapse prevention strategies
- Develop a healthy lifestyle
These objectives can be accomplished in either an inpatient and an outpatient rehab.
How Much Does Treatment Cost?
Detoxification (or detox) is the removal of Zoloft from the body. This process costs about $300 to $800 a day. Some or all of the cost may be covered by health insurance or paid in part or in full (subsidized) by government programs.
Inpatient rehab clients can expect an intake, assessment, and evaluation process, have access to qualified counselors, and have round-the-clock supervision from professionals. Standard inpatient addiction treatment facilities cost between $2,000 and $25,000 for a 30-day program. Average cost is around $700-800 per day.
Outpatient rehab clients live at home during treatment and can expect access to group therapy, individual therapy, family counseling, or a combination of these options. You must have your own transportation to the clinic and a high motivation to quit. Outpatient treatment can range from free to $10,000 per treatment episode. Average cost is around $150 per day or $2500 for a 12-16 week program.
It’s natural for those who consider entering recovery to know how much a treatment program will cost them. The price of treatment is based on the following elements:
Type of facility – Inpatient facilities tend to cost more than outpatient treatment programs because they provide therapy, meals, lodging, and activities.
Location of the facility -Near home or not? In the mountains or on a beach? Basic facilites will be less expensive than resort style accomodations.
Size of the program – A large program with more participants generally costs less than a smaller, more intimate rehab.
Treatments provided – The inclusion of detox, medication-assisted treatment, various therapy options, and comprehensive aftercare affects the bottom line.
Length of the program – This usually varies from 30 to 90 days depending on a person’s needs. However, longer terms stays of 6-12 months are also possible.
Amenities offered – Such as a swimming pool, an on-site gym, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, and more will affect the price tag.
How To Decide On A Treatment Program
When looking for a rehab center, you’ll need to:
- Choose either an inpatient or outpatient setting, depending on your situation.
- Find a center that specializes in Zoloft addiction.
- Check the cost and whether your insurance will cover your costs.
- Make sure the rehabilitation center offers aftercare.
Due to the symptoms of withdrawal and the psychological grip Zoloft has on you, inpatient centers can offer you several treatment advantages. You can take yourself out of your home environment and focus on recovery. By removing stress, you can benefit from the 24-7 medical and emotional help.
Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Addiction Clinics
When selecting a treatment center, you have the option of choosing between an inpatient facility and an outpatient clinic.
Inpatient (residential) rehab lasts a minimum of 30 days, but it can be extended up to 60 to 90 days or loger if needed. Due to the tenacious nature of drug addiction and the many facets of life this drug affects, an inpatient treatment program is commonly recommended.
Patients who choose to enroll with an inpatient program live at the treatment facility for the duration of their treatment. This takes you out of your regular environment and away from access to drugs and other triggers. A typical day at an inpatient facility could include:
- Individual therapy sessions.
- Group therapy sessions.
- Educational lectures about addiction and recovery.
- Nutritional counseling and meal times.
Outpatient (nonresidential) rehabs provide similar services of counseling and education for drug addiction. Outpatient programs range in levels of intensity. The number and type of weekly groups you attend will vary based on your individual needs. You will visit your drug abuse counselor on a set schedule (usually a few times per week) to ensure that you’re following the program. It’s common for drug abuse counselors to give you random drug tests to make sure you’re on the right track. Because these programs allow you to live at home, they may require quite a bit of dedication, but they can be valuable treatment options for those with a strong support systems at home.
Detox And Then Treatment?
Detox is usually the FIRST STEP in overcoming Zoloft addiction. It’s best not to try detoxing without the help of a physician. Zoloft withdrawal is often painful and can last weeks for some, but physicians can prescribe medication that can minimize discomfort and help the body slowly readjust.
Therapy is also an important aspect for tackling the underlying behaviors that led to a person’s Zoloft use. Rehab used talk therapy as the core of their therapeutic approach. Expect to spend lots of time in group and individual sessions, working through addiction and its causes. You’ll be able to adopt new behaviors and learn coping strategies for life.
Therapy can also tackle Co-Occurring Disorders that are diagnosed at the same time as addiction. Common mental health issues that occur during drug problems include:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Personality Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Causes Of Zoloft Addiction
Q: What is it that makes a person become addicted?
A: Several factors contribute to the formation of drug addiction and dependence, but the cause of addiction boils down to the interplay of genetics and environment.
1. Genetics – Genes are units of heredity transferred from one generation to another. They are the inherited traits that predispose our personal characteristics. Scientists have discovered that addiction – just as with other chronic illnesses – has a hereditary nature. The genetic aspect of addiction actually causes people to become dependent and consume more than they should, more commonly referred as “risky consumption”. There are however, factors which make certain genes more relevant such as:
- the way the drug is metabolised
- the way the drug makes you feel
If the drug (Zoloft) makes you feel good, then you will want to take it repeatedly. This is because most drugs influence dopamine levels, the natural feel-good hormone.
2. Environment – One of the strongest correlates of a person’s drug use is the extent to which he/she has friends who also use or provide access to drugs. Friendship networks that support or encourage drug use are one of the biggest influencers among teenagers. In addition to peer influence, family relationships have also shown as a contributing factor to the formation of addiction. Family influence includes:
- parental drug use
- dysfunctional family systems
- no adult role model
- emotional/physical abuse in the home
About Luxury Rehab And Executive Programs
When management circumstances are hindering you or a relative from looking for care for a problem with substance abuse or behavior-related addiction, executive rehab treatments will be what you need. Pairing top-rated drug abuse and behavioral addiction treatments with the freedom of occasional computer and mobile access, a business person can receive assistance while keeping relatively “plugged in”.
Those suffering from the pains of addiction can turn to luxury rehab centers to assist with the detoxification, recovery and rehabilitation processes. The best centers in the nation cater to those who expect a very high level of customer service and amenities found at some of the most famous resorts. Amenities regularly found at such centers include:
- Equine therapy
- Spa treatments
Zoloft Rehab Aftercare
You’ll need to carefully plan for ongoing care once initial treatment has ended. To do so, many treatment programs will offer their own aftercare programs or will go to great lengths to plan for or arrange extended treatment or aftercare for all treatment alumni.
People in recovery tend to do best when they have a plan in place for when they check out. During the treatment process, trained counselors will work with you to develop an aftercare plan, which can include:
- 12 Step meetings
- Long term residential treatment
- Outpatient treatment
- Private therapy
- Sober living housing
Get the help you need with an aftercare treatment program.
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