Our Washington Location
Our inpatient facility is located in Washington, and will serve Washington state. It will provide a safe & therapeutic environment for both our staff and patients.
7416 212th St SW,
Edmonds, WA 98026
Lexapro is one of the most widely prescribed medications in the United States. Unfortunately, people rarely know that this common antidepressant can become addictive. It can be especially hard to stop taking Lexapro without help. The substance abuse treatment program at Northpoint Recovery can help you manage short-term and long-term effects of Lexapro.
If you or someone is struggling with Lexapro addiction, call Northpoint Washington today. Northpoint Washington can help you understand and treat Lexapro addiction at our Edmonds, WA clinic. Reach us at 425.437.3298 to learn more about Lexapro and our substance abuse treatment programs
Lexapro is a common selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI, prescribed for depression and anxiety. It works by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a naturally produced neurotransmitter that helps with learning, memory, and mood. Often, people take Lexapro to increase serotonin levels. While Lexapro can balance chemicals in the brain and ease depression and anxiety symptoms short term, it can cause side effects, including drug abuse and addiction.
Often when taking Lexapro, people experience more energy. They may feel more motivated and have better memory retention. Depression and anxiety symptoms may disappear. As people feel better, they may combine Lexapro with alcohol or take more than prescribed. Like other drugs, by combining Lexapro with alcohol, they can experience a sense of euphoria. Similarly, when Lexapro is taken in higher doses, it can produce an addictive euphoric effect. Some people may take more than prescribed or crush and snort Lexapro to increase euphoria. Once someone begins abusing Lexapro, they will frequently combine it with other drugs, which can be incredibly dangerous.
Lexapro abuse often points to deeper issues, like unresolved trauma or other co-occurring disorders in need of treatment
Long-term use of Lexapro may not be concerning for those who take it as prescribed. However, even if someone is taking a standard daily dose, they are likely still dependent on the SSRI. Whether someone is abusing Lexapro or taking it as prescribed, they will go through withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking it. Because of this, doctors will slowly taper patients of Lexapro to reduce side effects. Without medical supervision and support, side effects can be physically, mentally, and emotionally painful. Signs of Lexapro addiction include:
For many people, it may seem strange that Lexapro can lead to abuse and addiction. If you or someone in your life is struggling with Lexapro, the team at Northpoint Washington can help. Our integrative treatment programs in Edmonds, Washington provide both inpatient and outpatient recovery for Lexapro and other drugs. With dual diagnosis, we provide comprehensive mental health treatment alongside detox and addiction recovery. See the difference with individual, group, and family programs at Northpoint Washington.
Don’t let another day go by. Call Northpoint Washington now at 425.437.3298 to learn more about Lexapro addiction and our recovery programs.