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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
100 doctors shared insights

Nicotine Addiction (Overview)

Nicotine addiction is a condition where there is a dependency on nicotine, the active substance of tobacco and cigarettes. The absence of this substance produces withdrawal symptoms.


Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
100 doctors shared insights

Nicotine Addiction (Overview)

Nicotine addiction is a condition where there is a dependency on nicotine, the active substance of tobacco and cigarettes. The absence of this substance produces withdrawal symptoms.


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What are typical symptoms of nicotine addiction?

What are typical symptoms of nicotine addiction?

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

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
1 hrs, every other day for 3 months
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
once
12 step program support
once
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What is the diagnosis and what are the symptoms of nicotine addiction?

What is the diagnosis and what are the symptoms of nicotine addiction?

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

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What are the tests for nicotine addiction?

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

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What causes nicotine addiction?

What causes nicotine addiction?

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

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How do meds treat nicotine addiction?

How do meds treat nicotine addiction?

Prevent withdrawal: The nicotine patch provides a constant level of nicotine in the blood, preventing acute withdrawal from smoking. The dose may be gradually reduced, allowing for a gentle detoxification which is best facilitated by mutual support, available in nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for nicotine addiction?

What is the treatment for nicotine addiction?

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

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What are the treatments for nicotine addiction?

What are the treatments for nicotine addiction?

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

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What's the best way to get over a nicotine addiction without any drugs?

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

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

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


Nicotine (Definition)

Nicotine is a stimulant drug found in cigarettes and is the ...Read more