Have you tried to quit smoking before, but nothing worked? Maybe you have tried to stop smoking cold turkey or by cutting back, using nicotine patches or e-cigarettes, or even attending a support group such as Nicotine Anonymous. Although most people do not think of smokers or tobacco users as in need of rehab, nicotine addiction is very serious and if someone is not experiencing any progress in trying to quit smoking on their own, it may be time to consider a smoking cessation program at an official treatment center. A rehab center has specifically trained staff who are prepared to help individuals through their addiction.
Statistics on Tobacco Use: You’re Not the Only One
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34.1 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes, and 16 million live with a disease caused by smoking. Years after the rise of popularity of tobacco and nicotine, so many people still struggle with quitting smoking that it is the “leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths.” Many people know about smoking being linked to lung cancer, but do not know that smoking also causes major issues with the heart, such as stroke and heart disease. Secondhand smoke can also be a serious health hazard, as exposing others, such as children at home, can increase their risk of future heart disease to 25 to 30%. Although there is currently a push for the prevention of nicotine addiction, according to the statistics, many people still use tobacco and struggle with tobacco cessation.
Why is Nicotine so Difficult to Quit?
After a short amount of time regularly using nicotine, individuals begin to develop a nicotine dependence, meaning that not only are they mentally addicted to using, but they will also experience physical withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit smoking. The physical symptoms characterized by nicotine withdrawal include increased appetite and potential weight gain, cravings, a cough, headaches, fatigue, and digestion problems. Most relapses happen within the first month of the recovery process due to these physical symptoms. It is important to give yourself grace when trying to quit smoking; your body and your brain have become accustomed to using tobacco regularly and it may take a few attempts to rid yourself of the substance forever and finally be tobacco-free. Most of the time, individuals have been smoking for years and have created highly ingrained habits. This is normal and many others share the same experience.
What Does Tobacco Treatment Look Like?
Treatment providers often use a combination of two strategies that have been proven effective: behavioral therapies and medications. When enrolled in one of our smoking cessation programs at Archstone Behavioral Health, through the entire process, you will have support from our staff of addiction-trained professionals including doctors to provide medical treatments and counselors to assist you through therapy. With our medical staff, you can be prescribed medications that help increase your chance of success and sustained recovery from addiction. Having support from doctors on site is extremely helpful to get you through the month-long period of nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Treatment may look different depending on your needs. Archstone Behavioral Health offers drug and alcohol treatment in a number of program options, including inpatient, outpatient, residential, and extended care programs.
Counseling within Our Addiction Treatment Centers
Additionally, with our trained mental health clinicians, you will learn lasting techniques to help you quit smoking for good in regularly scheduled counseling sessions; our clinicians truly care about our patients and help them wherever they are in their recovery journey. In therapy, you will learn vital relapse prevention skills regarding avoiding and managing triggers such as cravings, which will be extremely important once you begin distancing yourself from the rehab center over time. As anxiety is a major trigger for many people who use tobacco, stress management is a definite topic that is included in counseling for addiction.
An essential part of sustained recovery is having proper assistance at home from your loved ones. Therefore, we also allow patients to involve their families if desired. Our smoking cessation program allows you to be in charge of your treatment, so rest assured your treatment plan will be customized to your specific needs and stage in the recovery process. If you choose Archstone Behavioral Health as your treatment provider, you will also have the opportunity to attend supportive peer groups and hear from others who are going through the same process in rehab. Give us a call today to speak further about our treatment options that can help you with your nicotine addiction.
Finding Help Begins at Archstone Behavioral Health
Reaching out for help is your first step in recovering from addiction. Substance use disorder doesn’t happen overnight; recovery also takes time. Give your brain and body time to heal. Reaching out for help is the only way for many people to regain control of their lives. Contact Archstone Behavioral Health in Lantana, FL, today at 561.631.9478 to find out more about whether our alcohol addiction treatment programs are right for you or your loved one.