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Do Antidepressants stop drinking?

answered 03:46 PM EST, Thu June 13, 2013
anonymous anonymous
I have a drinking problem and I am probably depressed. If I take antidepressants is this going to make it easier or harder for me to control my drinking?

Jill Edwards Says...

As you are probably aware, alcohol is itself an effective depressant, so an antidepressant will only undo the work that alcohol is doing and I do not recommend it. The best way to make it easier to stop drinking is to get some help either from a local agency or from a self help organisation like AA. In the mean time, you should spend some quiet time assessing the role of alcohol in your life and thinking about what your life could be like if you did not have the problems that alcohol brings with it. You should also not stop immediately and go cold turkey. You should speak to your doctor and use any medication he prescribes for withdrawal. Speak honestly to those around you and they will also help you to see the damage that has happened or may happen to you. If you find that even when you are sober, you are still experiencing depression that will be the time to try anti-depressants. But I have seen some very depressed people recover completely when they sobered up. Good Luck.

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