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Medicine For Nicotine Addiction
Nicotine addiction: People have found many methods helpful, including acupuncture, hypnosis, support groups, and relaxation training. You may have to try various methods and combinations, but all seem to require a sincere desire to stop the addiction. Some people just decide to quit and do so. ...Read more
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
RECEPTOR ATTACHMENT: The drugs that can lead to addiction and abuse are the ones that have a very immediate effect on how you feel. So there is a link between the drug and euphoria or sedation or relaxation etc. The quicker this happens the more potential for addiction like smoking is very rapid absorption into the bloodstream through the lungs. The effects are short lasting however and so you have to smoke again. ...Read more
It is undoubtedly not the nicotine or the addiction that is to blame.
More likely, the same emotional problems that are causing you to smoke and possibly to keep you addicted are the same things which are causing you to overeat and to gain weight. If you eat like a bird and still gain weight, then perhaps the two problems are unrelated. ...Read more
Troubles from it: Similarly to other addictions, you have it if you do it instead of doing other important things, if you think about it all the time, if you cannot stop doing it even though you realize it is detrimental., etc etc. Also, by the way, you have withdrawals from not using it. Withdrawals can be classical, or just insomnia, anxiety, etc. If you feel better after smoking, you are also addicted. ...Read more
Lots: First, if you find a cigarette in your hands, that is a good sign ;-) seriously, nicotine withdrawal causes irritability, strong cravings, high blood pressure, and rapid heart rate. If you wake up in the morning craving a cig, the addiction is stronger. Smoking cessation requires beating both the addiction and the habit. They are different, and both can be hard to break, but it can be done. ...Read more
Nicotine addiction: Nicotine addiction is a compulsive physical or psychological need for this habit-forming substance. ...Read more
Dependence&withdrawl: Most people who smoke become addicted to nicotine. Someone who has become addicted to nicotine may have cravings for cigarettes, have difficulty stopping smoking, and have nicotine withdrawal symptoms when they try to do so. These include irritability, anxiety, depression, headache, hunger. These symptoms peak 12 to 24 hours after quitting and then slowly go away. Therapy, hypnosis &eft can help. ...Read more
PURPOSE?: First, the question says you smoke or chew. The mucosal membranes of your mouth and tissues of your tongue will absorb nicotine. Your next breath will bring residual nicotine to your lungs. Stats don't matter. It's addivtive and odds are it will hurt you. Be kind to yourself and stop trying to make it all right. Stop. ...Read more
Determination: As with any addiction, 1st you must realize there's a problem & become determined to change. After this, knowledge is useful. Smoking cessation classes (usually 1.5 hours every 2 wks for a total of 3 classes) have been shown to double the number of people who succeed. There are also medications that decrease cravings for nicotine, bupropion & varenicline. Doing all of these is your best bet. ...Read more
Drugs, therapy: Basically there are a number of effective treatments. And the evidence is that the more of them you use the better the odds of success: medications (those that replace nicotine and those that normalize your brain's chemistry so that it functions without nicotine), therapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy designed to teach you how to change, and group support. ...Read more
The question is are you one of them. And will it hurt you now or later. For you, other people don't matter. It will hurt you.
Do the smart thing and stop paying good money to be hurt. Stop. ...Read more
Not sure I would: Go that far, but there is a genetic component to addiction. If you do not have that genetic component, you may be less likley to develop nicotine addiction. But why test the theory. Just don't start. ...Read more
Just a few weeks:
Nicotine addiction occurs very quickly, in fact research shows that some of the processes leading to addiction start to occur during the first cigarette one smokes! Within weeks some degree of addiction develops in most.
Thus, it is best to not start!
see http://www. Scientificamerican. Com/article. Cfm? Id=hooked-from-the-first-cigarette. ...Read more
If you have a: Regular pattern of smoking and feel like you need a cigarette to "relax, " and have not been able to refrain from smoking when you have tried to stop, you are experiencing the symptoms of nicotine addiction. You may have also noticed an increase in the number of cigarettes you smoke per day. Hypnosis with a clinical psychologist can be an effective way to stop smoking. ...Read more
Some involvement: There are a group of genes that have been shown to predispose people to be more likely to develop nicotine addiction if they choose to smoke, and the absence of all these genes appears to be more likely in those who are able to "chip" occasionally - smoke a cigarette here and there "socially, " - and yet not get addicted. For most people, 7 cigarettes in life will predict tobacco dependency. ...Read more
Behavioral aids: As far as we know, treatments consist of aids in changing the tobacco users behavior. Hypnosis can help change the experience to make it unpleasant and there are other delivery systems - gum or patch - that allow habit change w/out the additional pain of withdrawal. Later, you get the pain of withdrawal. Personal support - from close ones or in groups like aa can help. ...Read more
Yes and for fetus: Smoking cigarettes has harmful side effects. However, doing so while pregnant has harmful side effects not only for the mother but also for the developing fetus. Exposure to nicotine even when not in smoked form is not recommended during pregnancy. Great time to quit! ...Read more