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Medication Support in a Sex Addiction Treatment?

This page abstract: Sometimes medication can support the treatment of a sex addiction, but always consult with a doctor or therapist first.

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Medication Support in a Sex Addiction Treatment?

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Written by: Wendy Moelker, Psychologist in charge, tutor, Emergis center for mental health care, Goes, the Netherlands.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.

Can medication support a sex addiction treatment?

Answer:

Sometimes medication can support the treatment of a sex addiction, but:

  • Medication should always be a choice that you make in consultation with your doctor or a therapist.
  • Try medication for at least a month to find out if it has a chance of success.
  • Sometimes medication is simply necessary to support recuperation.
  • Medication brings rest and structure and can be supportive in that sense.
  • Usually, in the case of psychopharmaca, everybody should find out which medicine works best for him/her; there is not a standard medicine that works for each sex addict. So be prepared for the possibility that you will not have success immediately or have to search some time for the right medicine and dose.
  • Medication is your choice; it is not a 'must'. Enough sex addicts have been cured without medication.
Examples of medication are:
  • Prozac/Fontex/Fluoxetin
  • Fevarin (also antidepressant and anti-anxiety)
  • Luvox (anti-compulsion)
  • Depo-Provera (medroxy-progesterone acetate) (adjusts to a normal level of testosterone in your blood and influences the hormone level).
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