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Nicotine Addiction in Recovery

The Myths and Facts about Nicotine Addiction

By Jamie J. Alexander, DDS,

Many of my dental patients in drug or alcohol recovery are addicted to nicotine. Their habit gets in the way of whole body wellness, and exacerbates oral health problems.

Unfortunately, smoking and other forms of nicotine use can be difficult to stop. Because quitting puts the body through nicotine withdrawal and leaves behind emotional and social attachment, quitting can be a prolonged process and relapse is common. Society’s and the Sober Community’s acceptance of smoking as a “lesser evil” doesn’t help the nicotine addict to quit.

Many of those around you may not think you have to quit and are smoking next to you on work breaks and after recovery meetings. But, you do know the health risks, so isn’t it time you loved yourself enough to challenge yourself to quit?

Recently, I came across an online article I’d like to share. It’s title is “Recovery from Nicotine Addiction: Myths vs. Facts.” Read the article and remember:

  1. It’s never too late to quit. The body can heal. The sooner you stop the less damage your body will have to recover from.
  2. You can’t lapse and have “just one” cigarette. If you do, you will refuel your nicotine cravings.
  3. Relapse never happens without warning. Once you get rid of the physical addiction, it’s emotional attachment that keeps you thinking about using again. Get rid of counterproductive thoughts and feelings as fast as they occur.
  4. The more days that pass since your last cigarette, the stronger you will become.
  5. You deserve improved health—you are worth it.