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Is Zoloft Addictive?

Have you ever found yourself wondering: “Is Zoloft addictive?

If so, you are not alone.

Zoloft is one of the most common antidepressants prescribed in the United States.

Depression affects approximately 16 million American adults each year.

When used appropriately, Zoloft is generally a safe and effective medication.

Antidepressants, like Zoloft, can help balance the chemicals in your brain that affect your mood and emotions.

They can also help you sleep and boost your concentration.

However, Zoloft misuse may lead to addiction or overdose.

If this is a familiar story for you, we can help.

Does Zoloft Work for Other Conditions?

Zoloft, also known as Sertraline, is a common antidepressant that has additional medical uses.

Zoloft can treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

It can also help relieve certain premenstrual dysphoric disorder symptoms.

Most people take Zoloft for the calming, feel-good, and mood-boosting effects.

It may take several weeks for these effects to appear.

Most patients report experiencing an understated lack of depressive symptoms rather than an intense rush or high when they do.

This experience is typical when using Zoloft for a genuine medical need and under a prescribing doctor’s guidance.

Can You Get High on Zoloft?

Now knowing that Zoloft users appropriately experience relief from depressive symptoms, you may want to know: Is Zoloft addictive?

More research is needed in this area, but there is no evidence that it cannot produce a high when abused.

Some people crush and snort large amounts of Zoloft to achieve stronger effects.

Others may mix the antidepressant with other substances to enhance the side effects of each.

But ingesting illicit substances in conjunction with antidepressants can do just the opposite.

It may render the medication ineffective.

For some, it may also worsen the negative side effects associated with each substance.

One such troubling combination is combining antidepressants and alcohol. This practice can impair your cognitive and motor functioning.

As a result, frustrating mental impairments like memory loss, confusion, poor motor skills, difficulty thinking clearly, or making decisions are more likely.

It can also impair your ability to control your movements, which may lead to accidents.

If you are addicted to Zoloft, help is available.

Is Zoloft an Opioid?

Despite misconceptions to the contrary, Zoloft is not an opioid.

This powerful antidepressant falls into the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

It increases the amount of serotonin your brain produces, which helps you achieve and maintain mental balance.

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can be valuable tools in overcoming depressive symptoms when used appropriately.

What are Some of the Other Side Effects of Zoloft?

While relief from depressive symptoms can be appealing, there are also various adverse side effects associated with Zoloft.

This is why Zoloft should be taken under the care of a certified medical professional and the guidance of your own prescription.

The adverse side effects that you experience may vary depending on several individual factors.

Your mental health, family history, length of time on the medication, and level of abuse, among others, can alter your experience.

Zoloft side effects often include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Dry mouth
  • Heartburn
  • Loss of appetite and weight changes
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Nervousness
  • Uncontrollable shaking
  • Excessive sweating
  • Changes in sex drive or ability

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are more likely than other antidepressants to cause headaches, diarrhea, nausea, and sleep problems.

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Are There More Serious Zoloft Side Effects?

The list of side effects in the section above is not all-inclusive.

Many of the most common side effects of Zoloft are uncomfortable or mildly painful.

But there are other, more troubling side effects of Zoloft, as well.

Some of these include seizures, abnormal bleeding, hallucinations, fast heartbeats, confusion, and difficulty breathing.

Dizziness and unsteadiness associated with antidepressants increase the risk of falls and fractures, especially for older people taking these medications.

Each of these more severe side effects can be serious and typically require immediate medical attention.

Zoloft Withdrawal Symptoms

Because Zoloft improves mental health symptoms, it makes sense that the withdrawal symptoms associated with it are more psychological than physical.

The effects of this medication enhance your overall sense of well-being.

If you are addicted to Zoloft, you may find that you have developed a psychological dependence on it.

Abruptly ending your Zoloft intake can cause withdrawal symptoms that range from mildly unpleasant to concerning.

Some of the most common Zoloft withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Nightmares
  • Headaches
  • A prickling or tingling sensation on the skin

If you have tried to stop taking Zoloft and withdrawal symptoms led you to relapse, our medical detox can help.

The Benefits of Medical Detox

Withdrawing from Zoloft at home can be challenging and scary.

But under the care of a dedicated medical team, the process becomes much easier.

Some of the benefits of a medical detox under supervised care include:

  • 24-hour access to mental and physical care and support
  • Increased chance of a successful recovery
  • Eliminates temptations and distractions
  • Carefully chosen and professionally administered medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings
  • Prepares you for the next steps

What Comes Next?

Once you have successfully detoxed, you will have various treatment paths, programs, settings, and methods available to you.

Two of the most common treatment settings are inpatient and outpatient.

While many patients prefer to have 24-hour access to care and support, others find that weekly visits are sufficient.

Generally, patients with severe addictions, underlying mental health disorders, overwhelming withdrawal symptoms, and other complications are better suited for inpatient care.

Patients with milder addictions, no mental health concerns, mild withdrawal symptoms, schedule conflicts, or a strong, at-home support system may choose outpatient.

But we also offer several treatment settings and programs that land somewhere in between.

We will work with you to choose the right program and customize it based on your addiction, needs, withdrawal symptoms, and availability.

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Paying for Addiction Treatments

Paying for addiction treatments is easier than it has ever been.

Most major health insurance providers offer some level of coverage for this type of medical care.

Your treatment program may be fully or partially covered.

If you are unsure of your coverage, please call our admissions department.

Someone will perform an insurance review and verification for you before walking you through the next steps.

North Jersey Recovery Center

Admitting that you need help is half the battle.

It is time to let us help with the other half.

You will find flexible, customizable, and proven addiction care treatments and methods at North Jersey Recovery Center.

You will find recovery services that work and support and guidance throughout each step of the journey.

Let us help you cross the finish line.

Call today for more information.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Laura Riley

Medical Reviewer

Laura comes to NJRC with 23 years of vast clinical experience in hospital, residential, outpatient, and community outreach settings where she has worked, supervised clinical teams, and volunteered. She has provided substance abuse and mental health counseling, clinical coordination, and advocacy to individuals, families and groups, and specializes in co-occurring disorders for both adults and adolescents.