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My son 20 year old son is a drug addicts. He started drinking

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My son 20 year old son is a drug addicts. He started drinking and do drugs at the age of fourteen. Althou he would use any drug his drug of choice was opiates oxycotin. He went on Suboxune in March 2011 to get off the opiates but then he started abusing massive amounts of benzo's. HE ENTERED a long term residential program he was slowly being weaned off of suboxone, he got off of the suboxone in August jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjtMy son complained of depression and he has a mild case of ADHD. The rehab put him on 100 mgs of zoloft 20 mgs adderall 2 times a day, trazadone for sleep. HE was still very depressed, no motivation, he went back to the Dr in OctoberAugust 2011 telling him that he was very depressed, he increased zoloft to 200 mgs, he left the rehab in November 2011 negatively he is home waiting to enter another treatment facility, he is going to meetings every night. But, he is very depressed, no appetite or energy and absolutely no motivation, extremely tired and withdrawn, His affect is flat. I don't know how to help him,999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Suzanne replied 4 years ago.

Thanks for bringing your question to JustAnswer.

It sounds as though the antidepressant they've chosen for him is not working. Help him get back to a psychiatrist to see if adding Abilifiy will help the Zoloft work better, or if it's time to switch him to another antidepressant. It can be hard to know which one a person's depression will respond to, so it may take a couple of changes to get the exact medication and dosage that will help. Also it would be good to help him find a therapist to talk to while he's waiting to go back into rehab. Make sure the therapist is certified to treat addictions, and specializes in this kind of work.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
He is going in a 28 day program next Friday (7 days) should I take him to the psychiatrist next week before he goes in the rehab? The rehabs usually want the patient to be stabalized on medication before they come in because they don't have enough time to deal with mental health issues in a 28 day period of time.
Expert:  Brad The Therapist replied 4 years ago.
Yes, please have him see a psychiatrist prior for him to going to rehab so that his mental health symptoms could be reduced so that he can deal with his substance abuse issues.Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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