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Nicotine produces physical and mood-altering effects in the brain that are temporarily pleasing. These effects almost invariably lead to dependence. Most smokers/oral users try multiple times to stop smoking/dipping/chewing before they are successful. You’re more likely to quit for good if you follow a treatment plan that addresses both the physical and behavioral aspects of nicotine dependence. Using medications and working with a counselor specially trained to help people stop smoking/dipping/chewing will significantly boost your chances of success. Compass can provide these tools.

Signs of Nicotine Addiction

The signs (what can be observed physically) and symptoms (what the patient feels) of problematic nicotine use, like with all drugs with abuse/addiction potential, can be physical, psychological, or behavioral. Besides the well known physical risks to a user’s body (e.g. various cancers, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, stroke, heart attack, circulation problems), the more obvious problems arise during withdrawal which include

  • strong craving
  • anxiety
  • irritability/frustration/anger
  • restlessness
  • poor concentration
  • mood swings
  • depression
  • increased appetite
  • insomnia
  • missing important moments in order to smoke

NICOTINE ADDICTION TREATMENT OPTIONS

  • nicotine replacement therapy (nasal spray, patch, inhaler, lozenge, gum)
  • bupropion (Wellbutrin®️, Zyban®️)
  • varenicline (Chantix®️)

The 5 “C’s” of Addiction

COMPULSIVE use

Loss of CONTROL

Continued use despite negative CONSEQUENCES

CRAVINGS

CHRONIC maladaptive behaviors

Insurances Accepted