Abuse of TCAs can be the result of fear of relapse rather than any psycho-pharmacological effect however the potential for TCA abuse is well established, since the drugs have clearly defined euphoric psychological and stimulatory physiological action in cases of chronic usage.
The quote above not withstanding (and I've been prescribed TCA, and during periods of teenage experimentation and never once did I get any effect approaching "euphoric" that would make the thought of taking more than my prescribed dose even enter my mind!), I was more concerned about the potential for these "pre-employment screenings" checking up for prior addictions, since they test for methadone (and it's only been recently that we could say that methadone has become a "recreational" drug), which is more likely to be used as a maintenance/anti-addictive, and the quote above also states "Ironically TCAs are often prescribed for symptomatic treatment of drug addiction and withdrawal and in particular, alcoholism.
So, could both TCAs & methadone be on these pre-employment drug screens to look for "potential problems" by weeding out people who have had past drug/alcohol problems? Or even mental health problems? How freakin' legal is that? Just seeing the TCAs on there got me riled up, because it's no employer's business what my shrink prescribes me (or that I, in fact, see a shrink at all)! The other ones...I have to understand, because even though many of them ARE legitimately prescribed, they are often abused & available "on the street", as it were. I mean, my father's prescribed Amitriptyline for sleep; I would hate for that to come up on some stupid pre-employment screening and him not get a job because they thought he was a drug abuser/an alcoholic in treatment/a "crazy guy". He's just a stressed out old man who has trouble sleeping & didn't want anything addictive. But if he had instead gotten Ambien, he'd be in the clear with drug testing! *blood boils*
I've NEVER seen a shady guy on a street corner try to catch my attention and then try to sell me some Elavil!