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Written by Diane Ridaeus Published Nov 4, 2019
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

At the Alternative to Meds Center drug addiction treatment facility, we offer Wellbutrin addiction help that allows individuals to be free of this medication and get relief from the overwhelming and serious side effects.

How Does Wellbutrin Addiction Develop?

The path toward Wellbutrin addiction symptoms is similar to any other addiction to a drug. Whether a drug is legal or illegal, an addiction is still an addiction. So, once you have been taking a drug every day for an extended period of time; your body and mind adapt and become dependent upon it being present. Wellbutrin is used mainly for treating depression and (as FDA approved) smoking cessation. Pharmaceutical ads say that Wellbutrin is believed to restore chemical balance within the brain and this can help with quitting smoking, or feeling less depressed. What is actually happening is that the drug is now continuously acting on the dopamine and norepinephrine receptors. The drug will eventually decrease both the volume of neurochemicals and decrease the ability of the receptors along the nerve pathways to respond in normal ways.

wellbutrin effects on central nervous systemThe problem is that the drug is doing this for the body rather than the body doing it on its own. The body (CNS affects the entire body including brain function) gets used to this; so the body and mind eventually rely on the consumption of the drug in order to function properly. This is why when a dose of this drug is missed or forgotten; users report Wellbutrin withdrawal symptoms. After the body and the mind have adjusted to the effects of the drug, if it is taken away from the body; the body and brain don’t know what to do because the drug has been interrupting/influencing/manipulating/overriding what the brain should have been doing by itself naturally. By numbing or deadening emotional responses in general, the drug may take away depressive symptoms on the surface, but there is nothing curative about this dampening action. Symptoms will return, usually more intense, when the drug is taken away. This leads to needing the drug to suppress these uncomfortable symptoms, and this is how addiction develops.

Are There Other Ways to Treat Depression Besides Addictive Drugs like Wellbutrin?

If you are relying on a drug to make you happy every day and make your depression go away, you may feel dependent upon the drug to do these things for you rather than having to do them yourself. There has been much research done since Wellbutrin and other drugs came to the consumer marketplace that tells us there are actual medical reasons linked to depression. There are many more ways to authentically treat depressive symptoms besides addictive drugs like Wellbutrin.1

About Wellbutrin Addiction Recovery

This is where Wellbutrin addiction recovery comes in. Withdrawing from this drug could be one of the best choices you ever make. Once you begin removing the medication from your system, you can begin working on yourself, understanding why you were on this drug in the first place. It is possible to do testing for nutritional deficiencies, to check for accumulations of neurotoxic material over a lifetime, and to check for other possible underlying causes for your depression. You can also learn new de-stressing and other life skills that can help you to maintain mental health at all times. If you have these tools, prescription drugs are not needed to maintain mental health and alleviate depression. This can be done naturally through alternative treatments and education. Realizing the reality of Wellbutrin abuse is the first step in realizing you may need Wellbutrin addiction treatment. Just because this drug is prescribed by a medical doctor does not mean that it is not addictive. You can recover and regain the skills you need to build the life that you want to live, free of addiction or dependency on prescription drugs.

The Alternative to Meds Program for Wellbutrin Addiction Treatment

wellbutrin addiction treatment sedona arizonaAt our drug rehab, we search for the underlying causes of why a person is depressed. To fight depression while the drug is withdrawn from the system, we employ targeted amino therapy and specific supplements designed to help produce serotonin. Our program also uses lab tests, natural substances to stabilize the neurochemistry, removal of accumulated toxins, supportive peers and a highly trained, compassionate medical and clinical staff, yoga, exercise, massage therapy, and other therapies equipped to fight off depression and provide comforting addiction treatment. We invite you to call so you can talk to us and achieve an increased understanding of the different types of Wellbutrin addiction help which are available for you or your loved one.


1. “What Causes Depression – Onset of depression more complex than a brain chemical imbalance?” Harvard publication, published June 24, 2019 online [accessed 2019 Oct 21]



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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