Nicotine Addiction Recovery

Now that the decision to quit smoking cigarettes has been finally made, do we try to sidestep the addiction problem by switching to vaping or do we engage in honestly addressing and engaging in nicotine addiction recovery? 

Serious adverse health effects of nicotine cause additional concern. Nicotine is harmful to the cardiovascular system by causing constriction of arteries that supply the heart. It increases blood pressure and increases blood viscosity.

All these effects raise one’s risk of heart attack and blood clots which can block flow of blood to the heart, brain and other vital organs.

Assuming that we will want to opt for and take the approach of honestly addressing and engaging the dilemma, how then do we overcome nicotine addiction ?

How Nicotine Damages the Brain

In order to quit smoking successfully for the long term, it helps to understand the nature of nicotine addiction and what it takes to break free of it.

Early regular use of any nicotine-containing product poses a risk to a lifetime of addiction. Nicotine’s effect on the developing brain can irreversibly damage the reward systems in the brain. 

This concern is accentuated by the rapidly increasing use of e-cigs in adolescents and young adults and nicotine’s powerful effect on developing brains. The human brain is not fully developed until about the age of 25.

Not only does nicotine use make young brains more susceptible to addiction, but it also causes reduced attention span, diminished cognition and enhanced impulsive reactions. To complicate matters, these changes also affect memory and motivation.

Nicotine can reach peak levels in the bloodstream and brain very rapidly.

This is the reason why the epidemic of vaping and the popularity among younger generations is so detrimental to continued good health and healthy brain development.

Effects on Brain Chemistry

Let’s take a look at how nicotine affects brain chemistry and begin the educational process that will help us battle this addiction.

Nicotine activates the same reward pathways in the brain that other drugs of abuse such as cocaine or amphetamines do, although to a lesser degree.

Research has shown that nicotine increases the level of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that is responsible for feelings of pleasure and well-being. It is also responsible for increasing levels of Serotonin.

The acute effects of nicotine wear off within minutes, so Smokers must continue dosing themselves frequently throughout the day to maintain the seemingly pleasurable effects of nicotine and to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

The cognitive, self-control, and decision-making strategy portion of the brain is still in development. And this is the area which is largely affected by nicotine.

Additional Concerns

Nicotine exposure, increasingly occurring as a result of e-cigarette use, may induce changes that sensitize the brain to other drugs and prime it for future substance abuse.

Nicotine can kill brain cells and stop new cells from forming.

As blood nicotine levels became comparable to those found in smokers, they found the creation of new neurons in the hippocampus area of the brain was cut by up to 50 per cent.

Cell death also increased as nicotine levels rose.

E-cigarette vaping devices, those nicotine-rich cigarette alternatives, may not be as safe as once believed. This is especially so for the market’s fastest growing population segment of teenagers.

Research shows nicotine intake during adolescence increases the risk of developing psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment later in life.

Brain development continues throughout adolescence and into young adulthood.

Nicotine has adverse effects in older smokers and vapors as well.

Solutions

Nicotine is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the U.S., and the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death. Only about seven percent of people who try to kick nicotine on their own last at least one year.

Besides nicotine’s addictive properties, another factor to consider includes its easy availability through the sophisticated marketing and advertising methods of tobacco companies and manufacturers of vaping equipment and flavorings.

Total abstinence appears to be the only viable solution. 

Methods using prescriptions, pills, patches, potions, and vaping all contain nicotine and should be avoided at all costs.

Drug-free methods to quit smoking should be the only avenues of pursuit.

These would include acupuncture, hypnosis, abstinence psychotherapy, behavior modification, and aversion therapy.

It’s your choice.

Make it a good one.

 

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15 Replies to “Nicotine Addiction Recovery”

  1. How it damage the reward systems in the brain from smoking cigarette? Some people having hard time quit smoking cigarette because they think it not work everything on them. It very interest to know about human brain is not fully developed until about the age of 25. How you find out about that?

  2. Hi John:

    Wow – I always knew nicotine was harmful but you’ve laid out the gruesome reality!

    That the brain continues to develop until 25 is very consequential for those who start smoking early. It sounds like when a person becomes addicted prior to this age, they will experience more difficulty quitting the nicotine habit than an older person. The trouble is, most people start smoking before the age of 25.

    The whole vaping thing seems to have become prevalent as I see people everywhere do it.

    What really makes me sick is that producers continue to market their cigarettes and I don’t think they have any hesitation about getting people started at a young age.

    Thank you for your very informative post!

    1. Hi Christopher,

      Yes, vaping has already reached epidemic proportions despite being relatively new. 

      Sadly, it is mainly Teenagers that make up the majority of their customers. Since the Surgeon General’s warning in 1964, this is the first generation ever to have had a legitimate shot at ending cigarette (nicotine) addiction, but the arrival of vaping on the scene has destroyed that chance. 

      Many of those teenagers and young adults would never have touched cigarettes, but are now doomed to lifelong addiction to nicotine as a result of vaping.

      Smokers who switch addictions by turning to vaping as a “Smoking Cessation Tool” are condemning themselves to failure due to the increased nicotine available via E-Cigs. That drives the addiction deeper than cigarettes ever could have done.

      I do whatever I can to make them truthfully aware.

      Thanks for your comments,

      John

  3. Hi John, thank you for sharing some of the ugly truths about nicotine addiction. I am currently trying to quit and I agree that replacing nicotine with a nicotine based product is a bit redundant. I appreciate your honesty and clear information. Would you suggest any other drug free methods that may be available? Thank you, Cass

    1. Hello Cass,

      Yes it is available right now…. 

      Your choices of all the drug-free methods are listed at the end of the article… 

      If you click on “abstinence psychotherapy” at the bottom of the article, or the image of my book, or here… You can get started as early as tonight and stop smoking on Day#3 without using any nicotine or willpower.

      Please come back and tell us about your success with the program.

      John

  4. How you know it does damage the reward systems in the brain from smoking cigarette? It very interest about human brain is not fully developed until about the age of 25. How you find out about that? Some people can’t quit smoking because they think it not work it because they not think hard ways.

    1. Hello Shenai,

      You have pointed out one of the main reasons that Smokers fail to stop smoking. They think that stopping smoking is worse than smoking, so many simply do not even try. That thinking can only be self-defeating.

      This faulty and tragic thinking is the product of what the Smoker has done to his or her own mind over the course of their smoking lives. This article is intended to give readers that very valuable insight.

      Quitting smoking is really not hard at all. The hardest part is getting the Smoker to see the problem in an honest and truthful light. The truth is that they are not “giving up” anything at all.

      It is only themselves standing in the way.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      John

  5. Excellent article on nicotine addiction recovery John!

    Fortunately, I have never had this addiction myself, but while growing up, I watched my Mother go through it, giving up and falling back into the addiction, until finally quitting for good in her sixty’s!

    We all know how bad it is for our health and that it can kill, but I didn’t realise what it can do to our brain and brain’s chemistry!

    I have seen several friends try to quit over the years as well, trying different things, but I believe going “cold turkey” is the best way… but you have to really “want” to give up for it to work!

    A terrible addiction, for sure!

    Great post 🙂

  6. It’s true, nicotine is the most hard substance to get away from.

    You can consume it all the time, it doesn’t get you drunk or high. You can buy it everywhere and everyone can get hold of it.

    I’ts not that you’re looked at when you smoke, in some circles it’s even cool. It’s probably too one of the oldest substances people use for recreation.

    I have quit heavy drugs and alcohol but with the cigarettes I’m not there yet.

    1. Hi Stefan,

      You can purchase the book directly from Amazon or access the book from any page on the site. The entire program is available right now for less than what you probably spent yesterday on cigarettes.

      Maybe you could benefit from my article on procrastination ?

      You can also sign up for the free newsletter for continued support and reference.

      There is nothing to be gained by waiting. You will never know that a wonderful life as a non-smoker could be yours unless you take the action to change. 

      All the tools are right here, right now.

      Go for it !

  7. Wow, this is really dangerous to all adolescents and young adults who use Cigarette. I know it has some very bad implications, but I never knew it goes a long way to even affect the development of the brain in this manner. Nicotine is indeed a bad addictive substance, not just addictive, but causing some negative effects on the brain.

    I mean the fact that it causes reduced attention span, diminished cognition and even an enhanced impulsive reactions is very serious, especially for young ones whose brains are still under development. It means the entire health of their brain is in danger, that is if their cognitive level is affected through the use of Nicotine.

    The most saddest thing I read here is that, even the feelings that this drug gives them, which makes them want to use it ONLY last a for some few minutes. So, if they want to continue to have such feelings of pleasure then they have to continue using it more often, which is even more dangerous, and in this way, their addiction level will even rise, making it difficult for them to quit. Very dangerous indeed!

    And you even mentioned that, too much exposure to it can even lead to it killing some of the brain cells and at the same time stop new cells from forming. I think this is an article worth Bookmarking and letting others who have expressed the desire of wanting to quit smoking read. I will safely keep it and let others read it as well.

    Thanks so much sharing this useful information with us.

    Stephen.

    1. Hello Stephen,

      As you point out, the entire health of the human brain is endangered by nicotine, as well damage to their bodies. This is especially true of Smokers and Vapers under the age of 25.

      Unfortunately, Vaping is being deceptively promoted as a Health and Wellness product. The problem is exacerbated by Smokers who falsely believe that they have “Quit smoking” by switching nicotine addiction to vaping. 

      Hopefully, the recent FDA actions will begin to reverse that trend.

      John

  8. Hello John,

    Wow, Such a sensitive topic. You must have gone through hell to quit. The psychological turmoil must have been gruesome. II tried to get my step-mother to quit for many years but I guess each individual must make that decision for themselves before their attempts are sincere and motivated, right?

    How many have stopped smoking by using your book? Is your program endorsed by any authorities? 

    I’m glad your website addresses the new vaping craze that seems to be sweeping current smokers and new teen smokers alike. They seem to think it is better than smoking cigarettes…I know cigarettes have chemicals that are poisons to the human body (and other life too), but does vaping tobacco have chemicals too or just nicotine (i realize that nicotine is the addictive culprit)?

    I loved the way you gave all the destructive to one’s body and mind content to lead readers to your solution.

    1. Hello Arthur,

      Regarding your comment “You must have gone through hell to quit.”, I must say that stopping smoking is not difficult once I learned how to stop smoking without using willpower. That was the key.

      There is an entire section of the website devoted to your questions about vaping. Simply go to the main page and explore the drop-down menu.

      You can also sign up for the newsletter which will get you more information as it is published, as well as other pertinent articles already available on the website.

      Thanks for the wonderful feedback. It helps me to determine what my readers want to hear about.

      John

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