Mental Health Medications Led to Addiction in Young Adult

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Former addict traces roots of addiction back to psychiatric medications.

J.K. spent his adolescent years under the care of a psychiatrist. He started seeing the doctor when he was 12 or 13 up until the time he was 19 years old. Ten to fifteen minutes into his first visit he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety and unstable emotions. He was given Zoloft, Ativan, and Klonopin as treatment.

Not only were J.K.’s symptoms not helped by the drugs, but because of the side effects of the Zoloft he began experiencing suicidal thoughts. Due to these side effects, his medication was switched to Wellbutrin which not only increased his suicidal thoughts but also caused him to overdose on his medications in what would be his first suicide attempt. The FDA has since placed a black box warning on antidepressants of this occurrence in adolescents and young adults.

In a recent interview, J.K. explained that because of what he had been told by his psychiatrist, he began to think that everything he was thinking or feeling could be controlled by some kind of pill or substance.

“Most times, these substances could be found in my own home, inside little orange prescription bottles,” he explained, “[But then] I began developing addictive personality traits by turning to street drugs, like marijuana, cocaine, and painkillers to numb my emotions. Why? Because, essentially, I had been told that having emotions is a disease that requires treatment, or ‘management.’”

Once J.K. became addicted to street drugs as well as his prescriptions, his problems escalated. Luckily, before he lost his life to drugs, he found a rehabilitation facility with a totally drug-free method called Narconon. This was Narconon New Life Retreat located in Denham Springs, Louisiana.

During his treatment, he had to come to terms with his past problems. “I had let drugs take over my life to such a huge extent that I was no longer able to take care of myself or those around me,” he said. “I regret that I have been lied to by a multi-billion dollar psychiatric industry. I regret that I tried to end my own life twice. I’m angry that these events were the side-effects of psychotropic medication. I especially regret the effect that these events had on my family.”

No longer holding on to regret, J.K. has now successfully overcome his prescription and illicit drug addiction and is happily living life 100% drug-free. Today he is in control of his life.

The Narconon program specializes in getting people off drugs like cocaine, heroin, marijuana, painkillers or benzodiazepines. If you or someone you know is addicted to illicit drugs or prescriptions and is looking for a way to successfully get off drugs permanently, contact Narconon Louisiana today.