SSRI Definition

SSRI is the abbreviation for “Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor”, which are a class of chemicals and pharmaceutical medications that work by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain. They are the most popular prescribed type of anti-depressants in the U.S.. SSRIs have shown to reduce MDMA-related neurotoxicity, being used medically with overdose and patients in withdrawal. Common brand names for SSRIs are Fluoxetine; Paroxetine; Sertraline; Citalopram.

Adverse Effects to SSRIs

Patients taking SSRIs are at risk of adverse reactions including; anxiety, headache, tremors, dizziness, sleep disturbances, and sexual dysfunction. SSRIs hold a high abuse risk. Patients taking SSRIs should keep them in a safe place and not share them with others. It is important for patients to take their medication as prescribed. If a tolerance develops they should speak with their Doctor immediately. Prolonged use of SSRIs can result in the patient developing a dependency to the medication, when stopping its use they may experience unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.


SSRIs are used as anti depressants, treating a wide array of mental disease such as depression, anxiety, and OCD. Patients taking SSRIs should use the medication as directed to prevent any adverse effects. When taken as prescribed SSRIs will increase levels of serotonin in the brain, relieving symptoms of depression. Prolonged use of SSRIs can result in the patient developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.

SSRIs are often used for recreational purposes. Both those with prescriptions to the medication and those obtaining SSRIs illegally are using these drugs to achieve euphoric effects. These effects are increased when SSRIs are taken with alcohol. Those abusing the drug are at risk of fatal overdose, adverse health effects as well as the potential to develop a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.

SSRIs Signs and Symptoms

SSRIs are commonly abused throughout the United States. As these drugs are regularly prescribed they are regularly abused by the patient as well as those obtaining the drug illegal. A person who is abusing SSRIs may seem anxious, craving the drug and when they are unable to use it they may experience a wide array of withdrawal symptoms.

SSRI abusers may have difficulties at home or work, they may have trouble in personal relations, unstable mood and behavior, they may face legal trouble as a result of their actions while taking SSRIs. These medications affect each person differently. Some may not exhibit any outwardly signs of an addiction, hiding it from others. However most SSRI addicts will experience irritability, anxiety, trouble sleeping and other withdrawal symptoms when abruptly stopping its use.

SSRIs Addiction Treatment

Treating SSRI addiction varies by the severity of the addiction and the patients personal treatment needs. Those taking SSRIs for medical purposes who have developed an addiction may only require dose reduction therapy with the assistance of their prescribing Doctor. Those abusing the drug for recreational purposes may require an inpatient or out patient treatment programs

SSRIs Addiction Treatment is tailored to the patients individual recover needs. It often includes a wide array of treatment aspects, including but not limited to;

  • Dose reduction Therapy
  • Detoxification
  • Individualize Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Behavioral Modification Therapy
  • Chemical Dependency Education