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If someone has been taking anti-depressants and sleeping

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If someone has been taking anti-depressants and sleeping pills for the past 10 years, is he already addicted (i.e. can't get off medication for the rest of his life) or is it possible to lessen the dose and eventually get him off medication (provided that he is starting to feel better and sleeping better)?

Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.
If someone is taking medication that they feel they cannot stop taking, then yes, the are most likely addicted. Their brain has adapted to the chemicals and withdrawal will take place if they try to stop the medication without tapering off.
At this point, if this person tried to stop their medication without tapering, they would most likely not be able to sleep at all for a while. So it is a very good idea that he/she taper the medications slowly under a doctor's care. Some medications should not be tapered off without a doctor because side effects can be harmful and the person can end up ill if they try it on their own. Once the person tapers off the medication, they should be able to function without the medication. Then other medications can be introduced to help the person deal with the symptoms from their depression and if needed, insomnia.
I hope this has helped you,
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