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Bupropion Abuse and Addiction

Bupropion Addiction & Treatment

Substance use disorders are unique to each person that is experiencing them. One thing that remains true for each person living with a drug and alcohol addiction is that you began your substance abuse without the intention of developing an addiction. Drug or alcohol addiction often develops over time after a person experiences difficult emotions, situations or traumas that have influenced your ability to manage day to day stressors. When you are ready to address your addiction to drugs and alcohol, The Detox Center of LA provides patients with a comprehensive treatment program that will address your underlying causes of drug addiction while providing you with the coping skills and tools to live in addiction recovery.

What is Bupropion?

Bupropion is a prescription antidepressant that is typically prescribed to individuals that are experiencing symptoms of major depressive disorders, seasonal affective disorders, and providing individuals that are looking to start quitting smoking by acting as a smoking cessation. Bupropion is known under the brand name Wellbutrin or Zyban. Wellbutrin bupropion will be provided in tablet or pill form. Wellbutrin bupropion or zyban can come in a variety of doses depending on the doctor recommendations that are identified for your level of need for support.

Bupropion Effects

When you take wellbutrin bupropion for mood disorders including depression or other depressive disorders, bupropion will work to inhibit the dopamine reuptake, norepinephrine, and serotonin. When the dopamine reuptake is affected, it can cause an imbalance or adverse effects in your ability to regulate your moods and responses to situations or events. When you are taking bupropion as a smoking cessation aid, it will work by helping to reduce any nicotine cravings and allow you to remain centered on your goals of quitting smoking.

Signs of Bupropion Abuse and Addiction

Compared to other prescription drug addictions, abusing bupropion and developing an addiction to wellbutrin bupropion is not as common as other methods of abuse from prescription drugs. However, bupropion misuse and addiction can occur. Individuals that have a history of substance abuse, specifically cocaine abuse are at an increased risk of developing an addiction to bupropion. Bupropion has a street name of being the poor man’s cocaine as it works to provide similar stimulant effects as cocaine such as an intense euphoria, excitement, and increased energy. 

Individuals that are abusing bupropion will exhibit the following signs of wellbutrin abuse addiction including: 


  • Euphoria 
  • Changes in appetite
  • False sense of self esteem and confidence 
  • Alertness and increase in energy 
  • Changes in sleep patterns including being awake for extended periods of time 
  • Inability to fall asleep or remain sleeping 
  • Demonstrating an excessive amount of happiness or excitement in day to day activities and at inappropriate times 
  • Doctor shopping to gain prescriptions for wellbutrin bupropion

Bupropion Withdrawal Symptoms

When individuals attempt to quit taking wellbutrin bupropion, there are often questions about what withdrawal symptoms will occur during wellbutrin detox programs. Unlike other prescription antidepressant drugs that drug abusers will engage in, wellbutrin withdrawal tends to produce mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms due to the reduced levels of serotonin that is being produced while engaging in a wellbutrin addiction. Depending on the severity of your wellbutrin abuse, you may exhibit the following withdrawal symptoms: 

  • Irritability 
  • Hostility or anger 
  • Extreme levels of agitation
  • In some cases, violent or aggressive behaviors
  • Suicidal ideations

Long Term Side Effects of Bupropion Abuse

Wellbutrin abuse or bupropion abuse that has occurred for a long period of time can have increased risk of long term adverse effects and side effects that can impact a person’s physical and mental health. Individuals with a wellbutrin addiction can experience the following long term side effects:

  • Problems with liver functioning 
  • Angle closure glaucoma 
  • Homocidal or suicidal thoughts 
  • Hypertension
  • Sudden onset of psychosis resulting in hallucinations, manic behaviors, or panic attacks 
  • Allergic reactions

Bupropion Addiction Treatment

For drug abusers that are ready to address your wellbutrin addiction or bupropion addiction within a drug rehab program at The Detox Center of LA, you will be provided with a rehab program that is tailored to meet your individual needs. Our treatment center will focus your treatment program on healing from the core reasons and emotions that have lead to you abusing bupropion. With the support of evidence based therapy methods including dual diagnosis treatment, you will be able to safely overcome your drug addiction while learning how to manage your co-occurring disorders through holistic and alternative treatments. Contact us today to hear more about the comprehensive treatment programs offered within our rehab centers and get started on your road to recovery and health today.