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Prescription Antidepressant Addiction Treatment

Antidepressants are medications prescribed to ease depression, treating both major and chronic afflictions along with other mood disorders. These antidepressants work by changing hormones in the brain. Depending on the severity of their depression and how a patient reacts to specific prescriptions, and several other factors, someone battling depression can get a prescription for these kinds of medications. 

Antidepressant is a broad term used to group a host of drugs that all aim to improve the mood of a person but have different methods of achieving this goal.

These groups are:

  • Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (NRIs)
  • Norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)
  • Noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressants (NASSAs)
  • “Augmenter” antidepressant drugs

Although prescriptions are reserved for someone with moderate to severe depression, some people grappling with anxiety, insomnia, and OCD can also seek out these drugs as a possible treatment.

Frequently prescribed Antidepressants include:

  • Fluoxetine
  • Paroxetine
  • Vortioxetine
  • Sertraline
  • Citalopram
  • Fluvoxamine

Taking antidepressants should not be done without a doctor’s supervision since they can affect the natural balance of your body, which can result in negative side effects or develop into a strong dependency on these drugs which can become unhealthy.

Seek out help for Prescription Antidepressants

Antidepressants are extremely valuable to many people who live with depression, but that doesn’t mean they don’t react negatively in others or that these drugs don’t land up with people who never had a prescription but begin to use them recreationally.

Antidepressant addiction is a serious issue that can cause harm to your physical and mental health. The antidepressants prescribed to help you can become addictive, leading to a dependency that can be difficult to overcome without professional help.

If you are suffering from a dependence on antidepressants, or you know someone who is, there are antidepressant detox centres like The Cedars based in South Africa available to help you.

Addiction Treatment

Treating your prescription antidepressant addiction

If the treatment options you have pursued in the past have not helped you with your addiction to prescription antidepressants, the next step would be to enter a rehab facility like The Cedars.

Once you’ve booked yourself into one of our facilities across South Africa for your prescription antidepressant addiction, you will be accessed by our counsellors, and a treatment program will be set out for you to follow with support from our team.

Your addiction treatment can include medical supervision designed to minimise withdrawal symptoms and make the process of recovery less painful.

We will assist you with a comprehensive rehabilitation programme for your addition to prescription antidepressants, help care for your overall mental health and identify the root cause of your addiction. You will work with our team of counsellors to help identify critical issues driving your addiction, tackle them and work towards a life of sobriety and self-control.

During rehabilitation, you will also be provided with various tools to help you achieve long-term sobriety so that once you’re back home, you have the mental clarity and recovery information to avoid relapsing.

Post-treatment for prescription antidepressant addiction

Once you are discharged from our facility, if you wish, you can continue treatment. We are open to providing additional post-treatment support. Studies have shown that recovering addicts who take advantage of aftercare stand a better chance of avoiding a relapse.

So reach out to us after your stay should you require additional support.

Don’t let your addiction to prescription antidepressants rule your life. Take control today by getting in touch with us for professional help.

The pros and cons of prescription antidepressant rehab

No treatment for prescription antidepressant addiction will be successful if an addict cannot accept that they have a problem and genuinely devote themselves to their treatment. Seeking support is not a sign of weakness but a sign that you are committed to the recovery process and wish to enact positive change in your life.

The advantages of seeking addiction treatment in a private rehab like The Cedars are numerous. We are equipped with some of the top addiction counsellors in South Africa, with years of experience in helping those battling with a prescription drug addiction to achieve a full recovery in a safe environment.

Other benefits of getting your addiction treated in our facility include the following:

  • Quick admission
  • Medical supervision
  • Personalised treatment
  • Private care
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Safe and peaceful environments
  • High-quality facilities
  • Aftercare services

These benefits, along with tailored solutions for your specific case, are available to anyone seeking private rehab treatment with The Cedars in South Africa.

Reach out to us today and start your journey towards recovery from your prescription antidepressant addiction.

chemical addictions

  • CAT
  • Cocaine
  • Crystal Meth
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroine
  • Inhalants
  • Ketamine
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA/Ecstasy
  • Prescription Medication
  • Prescription Opioids
  • Prescription Stimulants
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Synthetic Cathinones

behavioural addictions

  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Gambling Disorder 
  • Gaming Addiction
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Shopping Addiction
  • Social Media Addiction

treatment phases & length

Primary Phase

This initial treatment phase forms the foundation of our highly effective addiction treatment program. Our primary treatment programme covered by medical aids is 21 days. The recommended treatment term at The Cedars is 90 days for the best possible outcome. True behavioural change takes time and practice, and it is our fervent belief that adhering to the recommended treatment term offers the client the best chance at sustained recovery. However, we have no rules about length of stay and our program is customized per individual. After abusing substances over a period of years, it can take the brain at least a month to return to the best possible cognitive functioning, where treatment efforts can be of maximum benefit.
After a physical health assessment, a customised medication assisted stabilization plan will be drawn up by our medical doctor and nurse to help clients abstain from substances safely and as comfortably as possible. The client begins one-on-one counselling, 12-Step treatment, group therapy and benefits from a healthy diet and regular exercise. Clients will usually complete the first three steps of the 12-Step program in primary care.


  • Medication assisted stabilization and withdrawal management
  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion
    and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Introduction to 12-Step program and written Step work
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun sober recreational activities
  • Healthy meals prepared by our in-house chef, regular aerobic exercise and yoga classes offered by a personal trainer, excursions

Secondary Phase

In the secondary phase, clients undergo a deeper exploration into the root cause of the substance abuse and other compulsive, self-defeating behaviour. They work hand-in-hand with our expert team to work through the balance of the 12-Steps, using the steps to process the damage and unmanageability their behaviour and substance abuse have caused in their lives, and the lives of their loved ones. They rely on their counsellors and the therapeutic community to identify their self-defeating behaviour and work towards change.
Clients are gradually given more responsibility in the community and given the opportunity to become role models and help the newer clients in their early process. Focus is put on discipline and routine, growth and responsibility, all to develop connection and self-worth. At the end of this phase, discharge planning and relapse prevention tools are explored, and short and long term goals are determined for when the client leaves treatment.


  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun, sober recreational activities

Tertiary Phase

During this final phase, our clients learn how to maintain their life in recovery, prevent relapse and reintegrate into society. Counsellors help the client prepare for a return to employment and family life. Important choices may need to be made that are most beneficial to sustaining long-term recovery. It’s also an opportunity for the client to take up a senior role in the therapeutic community, explore employment options and resolve any persisting behavioural addiction issues in the safest possible environment. Clients are given more freedom and responsibility and are able to work during the day and return in the afternoon.


  • Accommodation and meals
  • Weekly check-in groups
  • Check-in sessions with their counsellor, by appointment
  • Weekly 12 Step meetings

Addiction Treatment

post treatment support

When a client completes treatment, we are very sensitive to the fact that life in recovery is filled with challenges. At The Cedars, we have a number of structures in place to ensure the safest possible transition for clients from treatment and back into life.
We offer family workshops to educate families about the realities of addiction, and how to help their loved ones on their journey. We offer the client deep insight into the 12-Step fellowships, meetings and sponsorship – all vital to an ongoing recovery.
Our multi-disciplinary professionals are available to you when your loved one is ready to move into the next chapter. We are here to help you learn and grow throughout the process.

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