Prozac Turns 30: Medication and Recovery
by Chris Clancy
January 10, 2018
It was thirty years ago this month that Prozac was released for market in the U.S. Advertised as a wonder drug to treat a wide array of psychological threats, including anxiety and depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Bulimia Nervosa, and even male sexual dysfunction, Prozac became the drug of choice for many, with some experiencing great success.
However, the efficacy of Prozac and other SSRIs (Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors) has come into question. Some argue that they do not work to the magnitude that proponents claim. This may be because the problems of anxiety and depression are so often linked to other behavioral issues.
Success and Failure: Medication and Treatment
Addiction complicates both the diagnosis and the treatment of mental health issues. Often, people search for a reason for their addiction, focusing their attention on mental health and the prescription treatment that follows, but research shows it is more complicated than just a monthly visit to a psychiatrist. Luckily, there are evidence-based approaches that combine various techniques to ensure recovery from addiction and mental health complications.
What is Dual Diagnosis?
When it comes to addiction, co-occurring issues are common. Many if not most who struggle with substance abuse are anxious, depressed, and have suffered traumatic experiences that contribute to their addiction.
It is difficult to determine the cause of an individual’s addictive tendencies, but the comorbidity of addiction and mental illness is twice as high in those who struggle with mental health issues.
Dual diagnosis, defined as the diagnosis of addiction and mental health issues, is the most effective form of treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, and the co-occurring issues that accompany them. Dual diagnosis treatment is the philosophy that the symptoms of an addict or alcoholic’s problem cannot be treated independently of the emotional and mental experience that runs parallel to the addiction.
The method is to remove the substance from an individual and detox him or her, apply intensive individual and group therapy in a safe and supportive setting, provide attention from a medical team with the application of pharmaceutical medication if necessary and appropriate, and create structured aftercare planning.
JourneyPure offers various types of treatment across all levels of care. From substance abuse primary to dual diagnosis, offering Detox, Residential Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient patients of all kinds will be able to find what they are looking for and receive care specific to their needs. Not every treatment center is appropriate for every patient, and JourneyPure strives to provide informed, evidence-based approaches to focus on the individual needs of every client that checks in.
Treatment and Continuing Care at JourneyPure
Ready for treatment? Your journey begins with the admissions team at 844-505-4799. Call JourneyPure today to find the program and facility right for your specific needs. Your treatment and continuing care is our top priority.
Chris Clancy is the in-house Content Manager for JourneyPure’s Digital Marketing team, where he gets to explore a wide variety of substance abuse- and mental health-related topics. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist and researcher, with strong working knowledge of hospital systems, health insurance, content strategy, and public relations. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two kids.