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Nicotine is the drug that is found in tobacco and is what makes cigarettes so addictive. Nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs, but it is also one of the most widely used, as smoking is more socially acceptable than many other substances. Smoking is an expensive habit that can cause financial strain and severe medical problems, like heart disease and lung cancer. It affects every part of the body. Quitting smoking is very hard for most people, and treatment for the addiction often consists of nicotine replacement therapy. There are also many support groups to help someone stay away from nicotine for good.

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About Nicotine Addiction



Addiction to nicotine is not immediate, but once it takes hold, it is extremely strong. Smoking cigarettes is very habit forming and creates both physical and psychological dependence. As nicotine enters the brain through the inhalation of cigarette smoke, it causes physiological reactions like an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, and constriction of the blood vessels. These physiological reactions to nicotine become much worse if large amounts of nicotine are consumed. As smokers become addicted and develop a tolerance to the drug, they are less likely to experience symptoms like coughing, nausea, headache or dizziness.

Treatment Of Nicotine Addiction



While some smokers are able to quit smoking "cold turkey," many need a little help. Nicotine replacement therapy helps to reduce withdrawal by supplying the body with smaller amounts of nicotine in the form of patches, gum, or inhalers. While inpatient rehabilitation is not usually required to quit smoking, some kind of support for at least a couple of months is extremely important. Treatment for nicotine addiction should include seeing a doctor regularly, talking to a counsellor or therapist, and involvement in a support group, either online or in person.

Post Rehabilitation Of Nicotine Addiction



Cigarette cravings will become fewer and further between as time goes on, but the addiction is still there. A nicotine addict should find healthy ways to deal with smoking triggers. It's important that they stay away from things that they associate with smoking, and instead, involve themselves in new hobbies and develop new routines. Exercise is something many ex-smokers find to be helpful, as breathing is much easier as a non-smoker and it makes them feel good about the decision to quit.

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Have you tried to quit smoking before and failed?
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Do you smoke in an effort to relieve anxiety or worry?
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Do you continue to spend money on cigarettes in times of financial difficulty?
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Do you continue to smoke knowing about the medical problems cigarettes can cause?
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Do you have trouble breathing?
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Have you ever made yourself physically sick from smoking too much?
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Do you smoke even though family members or friends have experienced severe medical problems as a result of smoking?
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Do you feel the need to smoke more than you used to?
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Do you have a cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up?
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Do you ever experience the feeling of needing another cigarette immediately after you've finished one?
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Do you plan your routine around cigarettes?
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Do you often make friends through smoking, or choose friends who are smokers?
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Have any of your family members or friends expressed concern over your smoking?
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Do you have concerns over how much you smoke?
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Do you experience anxiety when you are somewhere you can't smoke?
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Do you smoke even when you are ill?
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Have you tried to make deals with yourself, like you'll only smoke while drinking alcohol, for example?
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Have you ever left work or a social event because you needed a cigarette?
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Do you experience symptoms of depression, restlessness, increased appetite, concentration problems, or insomnia when you try to stop smoking?
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Have you started to notice that you don't actually enjoy many of the cigarettes you smoke?
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