i was on various drugs for over 3 yrs - went cold turkey and now been clean for over 3 yrs- i have been trying to start a new life and get out there and do things but i am always tired have no motivation have a lack of emotion and just don't have any energy anymore i feel so old and just want to lay down and sleep and i am only 24 , i have to have energy drinks when i go to work otherwise i am so exhausted. i have already had blood test and all are normal ? any suggestions
What will help depression caused from previous drug use? tried citalopram & now on 30mg lexapro ?
Added 9 Nov 2010:
i was doing mostly crystal meth ,cocaine and smoking weed - and not often but did do "lean syrup - zanex and extacy a few times and during these time drinking alcohol with it.
If you don't mind me asking, what type of drugs were you abusing? The reason I am asking is that if you were abusing opiates of any kind, heroin or narcotic pain killers, there is medical proof that long term abuse changes the brain chemistry in the brain. If that is the case, then this is probably why you are still suffering with depressive type symptoms even though you aren't abusing anymore.
The opiates were activating the opiate receptors in the brain which are the "feel good" receptors. Over time, the brain gets use to the contstant level of stimulation to those opiate receptors just to feel "normal". That is why you will hear opiate addicts say they don't even use anymore to get high, now it is just so they can feel "normal" each day and keep the withdrawals at bay.
When you stop cold turkey, you can still suffer from symptoms such as depression, anxiety, mood swings, lethargy and other symptoms months and even YEARS after you have quit and the physical withdrawals (diarrhea, vomiting, sweats, chills, body aches etc) are over. Rule of thumb, if you abused opiates for 2-3 yrs, it can take at least that long for them to "heal" but most times even longer than that. Sometimes, in certain ppl who abused opiates long term or in large amounts, the damage is irreversable.This is why it is so hard for opiate addicts to stay clean any length of time after they quit abusing opiates.
That is why I am curious as to what type of drug you were abusing.
There is now evidence that other addictions (alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamines) affect the brain in similar ways as well, but opiate addiction works on the opiate receptors while other drugs affect other receptors in the brain.
My depression during my use of narcotics for pain and now on methadone has been helped tremendously as far as motivation and energy has been ritalin to "get me off my butt, 10mg 3x a day and deplin 7.5mg once a day. Deplin is a form of folic acid that gets directly into the bloodstream unlike supplements due. It helps with concentration and memory. The ritalin works like speed and really gets you moving again.
Other than these medications, time and therapy will assist in your recovery. God Bless and Good Luck. Sable. Keep in touch support helps a lot and you will get a lot of it on here. I added you as a friend if you do the same we can chat privately if you like.
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