— smoking causes 6 million deaths a year
View our video on nicotine addiction and our treatment at The Kusnacht Practice
About nicotine addiction
The nature of dependency
Nicotine acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant. This means that it can pacify our emotions and concentrate our thoughts. This makes it a highly addictive drug. That is why many people find it almost impossible to stop smoking without seeking professional medical assistance. In fact, the “World Health Organization” has stated that counselling and medical support can double the chances that a smoker who wishes to quit will succeed. The health benefits of giving up smoking can be enormous.
Symptoms and effects of nicotine addiction
Most people are aware that smoking is bad for our health – yet due to the powerful hold of nicotine, it is an extremely difficult habit to break. Cigarette smoke contains around 4,000 chemicals. These include at least 250 substances that are deemed to be harmful and 50 of which are known to cause cancer. Nicotine addiction and smoking harms almost every organ of the human body and impairs the immune system. The side effects of nicotine can affect the heart, hormones and the gastrointestinal system.
The most common symptoms of nicotine addiction
- experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempts to quit (shaky hands, sweating, irritability, or rapid heart rate)
- the need to smoke after every meal or after long periods of time without smoking
- continued smoking despite the occurrence of health problems
- needing tobacco products to feel “normal”
- turning to tobacco during times of stress
Nicotine addiction treatment
Thankfully, many smokers can – and do – successfully become abstinent from nicotine. However, the strong cravings that result from nicotine withdrawal can make it very difficult to cease smoking without the care and support of clinical experts and counsellors. In fact, the “World Health Organization” has stated that counselling and medical support can double the chances that a smoker who wishes to quit will succeed. At The Kusnacht Practice, we believe our unique method of combining evidence-based medical therapies with complementary treatments and spiritual programmes is the best way forward. Our long-term goal is to assist you – and your family – to achieve a healthy lifestyle without the need for nicotine.