Nicotine users report a huge factor in continuing to use is the slightly euphoric sensation it produces. A habit can quickly become addiction as psychological and physical dependence on the stimulant take hold. Learn more about how addiction to nicotine begins and how to kick the habit.
When nicotine is used to produce a rush, a peak in motivation or feelings of pleasure, most likely addiction has begun. Nicotine causes stimulation of adrenal glands which results in a discharge of epinephrine. Exposure on a continual basis to nicotine can result in tolerance which means a person needs more of the drug to feel the same effects over time. Possible signs and symptoms of addiction may include:
- Use of nicotine in spite of adverse effects on health, social, work or personal life
- Serious withdrawal symptoms begin when nicotine not used
- Smoking in spite of health problems
- Smoking when sick
- Smoking several cigarettes a day
- Previous attempts to quit smoking failed
Medical professionals treat nicotine addiction with a combination of psychological and pharmaceutical therapies. The following therapies may be helpful for people with nicotine addiction:
Pharmaceutical treatments for nicotine addiction
Multiple medications a health care provider may prescribe can help a person quit nicotine and prevent smoking in the future. Meds may include bupropion to decrease nicotine cravings and help cope with depression.
Counseling treatments for nicotine addiction
Nicotine dependence counseling services address reasons behind nicotine use and offer solutions. The effectiveness of which depends on a person’s willingness to stick with the program. Dependence counseling combined with nicotine replacement therapy is highly recommended.
Nicotine addiction telephone counseling
Telephone counseling provides a user friendly programed designed with each individual in mind. Avoid common mistakes that could result in relapse. Professional counselors can help screen to see if medications, nicotine replacement therapy or support groups would be a good fit.
Nicotine replacement therapy
Replacement therapy can provide some benefit to smokers who use half a pack of cigarettes per day or more. Nicotine replacement therapy includes products given in low doses to help relieve cravings for nicotine and ease symptoms once nicotine is stopped.
Nicotine addiction support groups
Drug addiction support provide benefit with combined with nicotine replacement therapy. Family, friends and coworkers should know of the plan to quit and provide accountability to quit smoking.
Nicotine addiction can have serious physical and financial consequences. People who smoke may develop health problems and financial difficulties from the cost of smoking cigarettes. A problem with nicotine may start with dependence but addiction can quickly develop. Taking steps to quit smoking can help reverse some adverse effects of smoking and alleviate other symptoms in the future.
If you or a loved one are unsure whether a problem with nicotine exists, call The Villa. We can share information and resources about smoking cessation and how to know when to seek help. We invite you to contact us to find out more information.