Zoloft – See Related Topics

Zoloft (also called sertraline, its generic name) is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant that is frequently prescribed to treat major depressive disorder. Additionally, it has been used for the treatment of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), SAD (social anxiety disorder) and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Zoloft works by providing an increase to levels of serotonin in the user’s brain which enhances their mood and lifts feelings associated with anxiety.

Even though Zoloft is touted as being non-addictive, that merely means there is no evidence of a physical addiction. However, it can become habit forming – or psychologically addictive, and that can be a big problem. It is readily available due to it being heavily prescribed, making misuse of the drug much easier. Abuse of Zoloft occurs when a user seeks to further enhance their mood. Often, they take larger doses or use the drug more frequently than was prescribed. This leads the body to build up a tolerance to Zoloft. As this happens, the user continues upping the dose. With increased dosing comes a psychological dependency as it becomes harder and harder to feel good on smaller amounts. With this, an addiction is created.

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have an addiction to Zoloft, you likely have many questions that need answers. The Recovery Village can help provide those answers. Talk confidentially to one of our specialists by calling our toll-free number at any time of day.

Zoloft Related Topics

Zoloft for Opiate WithdrawalThe objective of these medications varies from helping reduce physical side effects, to alleviating drug cravings and psychological symptoms. One option to help with opiate withdrawal is Zoloft.
Zoloft (Sertraline) Mixing It and AlcoholThe interactions and side effects associated with prescription drugs are often not communicated unless you ask your doctor. If you drink regularly, take other medications or have a unique medical history, you should talk with your doctor about these factors when being prescribed any medicine.