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Smoking Addiction And Compulsive Behaviors
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
Depends?: The best one is the one that works for you. There are many options currently out there to help one stop smoking such as nicotine patches and gum, electronic cigarettes, and medications such as zyban (bupropion) and chantix. I recommend talking with your healthcare provider to find out which one could be best for you. ...Read more
My 60 age father have extreme smoking addiction. Now he want to leave this habit but he can't. how can I resolve this. Thanks in advance. :)
Everyone is: different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get best treatments: Stopping is one of the best things to do for your health! make sure to get the best treatments: coaching, free at 800-quit-now they won't nag you, will help with a plan and get you though cravings. Medications help with craving and nicotine withdrawal. Depending where you live and your insurance- you may be able to get them low cost or free. Get through a day, then a week, then a month! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes but uncommon: It is often unrecognized but most people who were at one point addicted to a chemical in their lifetime, let go of the addiction over time. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs therefore least likely to lend itself to "growing out" of it. Nevertheless, it is possible. Life circumstances and personal health or values may change making quitting more compelling than continuing to smoke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoking addict tips: Suggestions: -tell her how you care about her and don't want to see anything happen to her - tell her of your concerns about the danger that she is putting herself in my continuing to smoke - explore with her why it is so difficult for her to quit (by your using the term addiction, i assume that she would like to quit). - co-investigate some resources. - support her in the end, it's her/his choice. ...Read more
Simply because ..: There is a "pleasure center" in your brain designed to respond to good food, good relations, and good work. A substance or behavior that generates a more than expected reward can lead to incentive sensitization if the person is biologically predisposed to addiction. The faster the drug effect reaches and then leaves the brain, the more craving will develop, such as with nicotine or crack cocaine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoking, probably: There are over 50 million smokers in the us, and it is a major cause of death and disability, in addition to enormous financial costs. Nobody knows how many problem gamblers there are, and there are few medical costs associated (although there is a higher rate of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse in problem gamblers). Both cause misery and pain to sufferers, their families and society at large. ...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
Any thoughts on why people with schizophrenia have such high rates of smoking (nicotine addiction)?
Nicotine & Schiz: There are different ideas about this, but no "written in stone" answers. One is the possibility that nicotine may assist people whose internal "gating" mechanisms may be faulty -- where they have trouble differentiating inner from outer stimuli. Another is that nicotine may simply be more addicting in schizophrenic brains than others. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23919443. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Quiting: It is often helpful to use a supplement such as gum, patch, or medication to quit. Check with a provider to find the best fit. I also suggest that you prepare to manage cravings. This can be done through distraction/activities, setting goals and reminding yourself of those goals, and "riding" the craving out - they do pass. A psychologist can help with the management of cravings. Be well. ...Read more
Smoking: Several approaches: slowly reduce the number of cigarettes by one every 1-2 days. Abrupt cessation with or without the aid of therapy like nicorette gums , nicoderm (nicotine patch) patches, Chantix or bupropion. With the last two medications you should pre-determine the date you are stopping. Accupuncture is also very effective. ...Read more
Both play a part.: Nicotine is definitely physiologicaly addicting. Smokers experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings as nicotine is eliminated from the body. Smokers also have very strong habits that involve hands, mouth, breathing, etc. At certain times and in response to certain triggers. Effective programs to stop smoking address the psychological as well as the physiological aspects of this addiction. ...Read more
For what length of time do I have to stop smoking until my nicotine addiction completely disappears?
Varies: From person to person. It is a long haul so stick with it. ...Read more
What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?
This often refers to repetitive behavior which is far in excess of useful purpose, which tends to cause high levels of anxiety if it is not completed and which interferes with functioning in one or more areas. Severely repetitive handwashing, rigidy putting things in order over and over, counting over and over, and rituals done to prevent some imagined ...Read more
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