Treatment for Nicotine and Smoking Addiction

Taking up smoking is one of the most damaging steps a person can take in their life. Smoking causes several health problems to the person who smokes, as well as the people around them. Passive smoking is as harmful as active smoking. People do not realize that their actions can cause harm to themselves, as well as their loved ones.
What is nicotine dependence?

Nicotine produces physical and mood-altering effects on one’s brain. It has such an impact on the brain, which is found to be temporarily pleasing, leading to dependence on tobacco. The pleasing property of nicotine dominate the withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and irritability, making it more difficult to quit.

Nicotine dependence means addiction to tobacco and tobacco products caused by the drug nicotine. A person cannot stop using it, even though he/she knows that is harmful. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance, similar to heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. It is the most common form of chemical dependence in the U.S. Almost 20.6% of adults in the United States are smokers. That adds up to 46.6 million U.S. residents.

Why should you quit smoking?

Smoking is a habit that one adopts genetically, by peer influence, or other factors such as depression, mental illness, substance abuse or other environmental influences. It has several adverse effects on a person’s health that include the following:

  • Smoking causes lung cancer and other lung diseases.
  • It is a major cause of cancer of the larynx, pharynx (throat), esophagus, and mouth.
  • It is also related to cancer of the pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix.
  • It causes heart and circulatory system problems. It increases the risk of cardiovascular disease that includes heart attack and stroke, leading to early death.
  • Smoking increases insulin resistance and leads to type II diabetes.
  • It speeds the progress of eye problems and kidney disease caused by diabetes.
  • Smoking increases the risk of infertility in women and impotence in men.
  • Women who smoke suffer a higher risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and sudden infant death syndrome.

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  • Respiratory infections such as colds, the flu and other illnesses
  • Teeth and gum diseases, yellow teeth
  • It weakens the sense of smell and taste
  • Premature aging and wrinkles
  • Adverse effect on those around smokers

It is easier to prevent a person from smoking by educating them of the adverse effects. Quitting smoking is difficult, but it is possible. Over half of all living adults who have a history of smoking have successfully quit.

Smoking slips and relapses

Smoking relapse can happen to anyone at any time. If a person quits smoking for a couple of days and starts to smoke again, it does not constitute a relapse. It just means that the person failed to quit. On average, smokers make between 8-11 attempts to quit, before successfully quitting. Most untreated smokers relapse within eight days after trying to quit:

  • 24-51% abstinent at one week
  • 15-28% abstinent at one month
  • 10-20% are abstinent at 3 months

There are a few main reasons why smokers relapse, withdrawal symptoms and triggers and the attitude they have built towards smoking. Smokers, fear to fail and quit their attempt of quitting smoking in between. Some even get back into smoking due to peer pressure and some, especially women relapse because of a fear of weight gain.

How can we help you to quit?

The first step to quitting smoking is to decide to quit. A person must be mentally prepared to quit smoking. It is advised to educate oneself of the harmful effects of smoking and withdrawal symptoms, get morale help from family and friends, and seek professional help. Once a smoker is prepared to quit with no intention of turning back, they should then consult with Dr. Mark Ghalili at Regenerative Medicine LA.

At Regenerative Medicine LA, our smoking cessation program is proven through published studies to be the most effective means of quitting. The best part is it is all done naturally without any nicotine gum or patches. Though the withdrawal symptoms peak in the first few days after quitting, it gradually declines over time.

Proven supplements and customized protocols will be provided to the patient. IV NAD may also be used as part of the protocol for certain individuals. We have developed the most comprehensive strategy to help you quit smoking and be on the path for a healthier future.


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