medication bottlesThis article was originally published on June 14, 2009 and updated on March 5, 2019. 

Medications serve an important role in the treatment of mental disorders so I wondered, can medication help sex addicts stop acting out? One of the more interesting subjects is the role of chemicals in the brain and how imbalances may contribute to sexual addiction. While doing some research I had an insight into my husband’s recovery as a sex addict. My husband has refrained from visiting prostitutes for two years, which is stunning considering he could never go more than a few months before.

My Husband Started Wellbutrin to Stop Smoking

What is interesting is that about three years ago he started taking the medication Wellbutrin to help him stop smoking. Wellbutrin (Bupropion ) is actually an antidepressant but it has also been found to help smokers quit. He didn’t stop smoking but we did notice an improvement in his mood swings, so we had his doctor decided to continue the drug. When his moods started swinging again, the doctor increased his dosage and he has been remarkably stable ever since.

Then He Tried Chantix

Then, he tried Chantix (varenicline), which is another medication used to help people quit smoking. It targets nicotine receptors in the brain, attaches to them, and blocks nicotine from reaching them. It is believed that it also activates these receptors, causing a reduced release of dopamine–the pleasure chemical that apparently floods Sex Addict’s brains during the trance they experience prior to acting out.  He took Chantix for two and a half months and this lifelong smoker has absolutely no desire to smoke any more.

Oddly, he had no desire to act out any more either. So, my question is, do you think that certain medications can help sex addicts stop acting out?

Now, this is only one person, but I do find it worth at least a look. Has anyone else had similar experiences with Sex Addicts?

If you have any ideas on the subject I would love to hear from you.

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