“Nothing that affects us from the neck up” — The Pacific Group of AA, Santa Monica California.
Some years back it was a great pleasure and privilege to attend an AA meeting in Santa Monica, CA. The “Pacific Group” — hundreds of simple folks peppered with wealthy and famous personalities. Everyone there to be sober and help others get that way. A fundamental doctrine of this group was that all of the drugs had to go, most especially psycho-pharmaceuticals. Depression meds … anything that affects one “from the neck up.”
In the strongest way possible, LetgoletGod.org encourages Christians to be clean of all pharmacology.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.” 1 Cor. 6:19-20
A clean mind — both spiritually and chemically is an essential part of an authentic relationship with the Lord. But many — if not MOST victims of addiction who’ve passed through secular “treatment” regimes have been “put on” medications. Some of these can be very difficult to discontinue … Paxil is legendary for lingering after-affects, for instance.
Letgoletgod can only encourage you … we cannot be found to giving “medical” advice. If you are taking medication for depression or other “dual-diagnosis” kinds of reasons, perhaps meeting with prescribing doctor is in order?
NEVER! DO NOT! Suddenly discontinue taking prescription medication. ESPECIALLY abruptly or “cold turkey.” Psychiatric effects of sudden lack can be disastrous. Badly damaging to the user, their relationships. In at least some cases, depravation from these drugs brings on suicidal tendencies.
Just like suddenly discontinuing drinking brings on a bad hangover or worse, medically dangerous withdrawal for an alcoholic — prescription medication can be difficult to discontinue using.
Wisdom, moderation — be informed before you make any changes.