Tobacco Treatment: Helping a User Help Themselves
Even a few decades ago there was little to know understanding about the adverse effects of tobacco, especially smoking tobacco, on the body. Even less was understood about second hand smoke, and how far reaching its effects could be felt. So it is certainly understandable that smoking, until relatively recently, was considered a socially acceptable, even admired, habit. But with all the information available everywhere, online, on tv, on the very packs of cigarettes smokers buy each and every day, why do people still decide to fill their lungs, their mouths, their noses with these toxic, harmful things?
Because, like any other addiction, they virtually have to. After years of continued use, not only is the body conditioned to the repetitive motion involved in the consumption of tobacco products, but it has also grown to depend on the nicotine found within. Nicotine is a drug that the body forms a tolerance to, and eventually a dependence upon. And though thousands upon thousands of people try each year to quit smoking, only a small fraction of them actually succeed. Whether due to a faulty support system, lack of commitment to the difficult task, being surrounded by friends and family who smoke, or simply because they don’t know the best means and methods, people attempting to quit this noxious habit more often than not find themselves lighting up another cigarette.
That’s why finding the right way to quit smoking is essentially for a successful effort. Whether medication or behavioral treatment, or a combination of the two, rehabilitation from tobacco use is just as difficult a road without a little help.
Medications to Help with Tobacco Withdrawal and Cessation
While not as severe a drug as others, nicotine dependence will still cause the brain and body to revolt when the drug it has come to rely on is suddenly and completely stripped away. In order to help the body cope with that trauma, and to help smokers succeed in quitting, there are several medications available as part of a tobacco rehabilitation program. However, medication is no substitute for dedication and commitment; if you’re not ready, it’s not going to help. There are many tobacco cessation aids to choose from, depending on your preference and what you think will really work with you.
- Nicotine gums, inhalers, sprays, patches and lozenges are NRT, or nicotine replacement therapies. That means they provide the drug to your nicotine starved body to lessen or eradicate your urge and need to smoke.
- Bupropion SR, also known as Wellbutrin SR or Zyban
Behavioral Treatments for Alcohol Users
In addition to medications, behavioral treatments are known effective tools for tobacco cessation and rehabilitation. On their own or in conjunction with medications these treatments serve to help you cope with the loss of something that, while seemingly inconsequential, actually had a serious impact on virtually every other aspect of your life. Basically, while medications help your body kick the habit, behavioral treatments help your brain to do the same.
- Self-help materials are a must, as they are a vital source of information regarding what you can expect to go through during this trying time, as well as how to get through and beyond it.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you to understand how to recognize situations that can exacerbate the urge to smoke, create coping mechanisms, provide social support beyond family members and manage and reduce stress for a more successful cessation campaign.
- Motivational and other forms of counseling are means for smokers and other tobacco users to talk out their problems and get support and understanding along the way.
Tobacco use is a serious problem, regardless of its legal status. If you or someone you know is a smoker and wants or needs to quit but doesn’t know how, tobacco rehabilitation is an uphill battle that is best fought armed with knowledge, understanding and support. Rehabilitation and treatment is the best way to help you get through this time in your life.