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Semaglutide as an Anti-Addiciton Drug

August 2, 2023 By , , , , , , , ,

HCG Diet Portland Semaglutide weigh lossThere have been many reports of people taking Ozempic/Wegovy/Semaglutide for weight loss who have also stopped drinking, smoking, shopping, and even nail biting. I have noticed in my patient population a lot of truth to this clinically. I have seen many patients stop drinking alcohol and some have even lost the desire for coffee. I had one patient who was a gambler who no longer liked to gamble. The medication surely does calm the food thoughts, and food truly is a low-grade legal drug. Perhaps it helps with food addiction, as well as all of its other mechanisms of action.

My patient Wendy reported this to me at our last visit: “For the first time ever, all of my cravings and impulses are gone. It feels like a switch has flipped in my brain.”

Semaglutide and a Loss of Interest in Addictive and Compulsive Behaviors

In my patient population using Semaglutide for medical weight loss at The Natural Path, we have seen a strong correlation with Semaglutide use and a decrease in addictive and/or compulsive behaviors. Many have reported losing interest in addictive and compulsive behaviors including –  drinking, smoking, shopping, biting nails, picking at skin, eating sugar, etc. Yet, this is certainly not true for everyone. However, it is enough to grab the attention of researchers.  Perhaps it impacts the brains reward circuitry.

Current Studies Using Semaglutide for Addiction Treatment

At the University of North Carolina, a researcher by the name of  Hendershot is now running clinical trials to see whether semaglutide can help people quit drinking alcohol and stop smoking. This medication that is known to suppress the desire to eat could end up suppressing the desire for a whole lot more.

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