What is Tobacco?
Tobacco is an agricultural crop, most commonly used to make cigarettes. Tobacco is a nervous system stimulant that triggers complex biochemical and neurotransmitter disruptions. It elevates heart rate and blood pressure, constricts blood vessels, irritates lung tissue, and diminishes your ability to taste and smell.
A tobacco addiction can be one of the most difficult addictions to manage, despite the wealth of available treatment options. Many users find that even after nicotine cravings have passed, the ritual of smoking can lead to a relapse.
There are several different treatment options for those battling a tobacco addiction.
The patch is known as a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). It is a small, bandage-like sticker that the user applies to the arm or back. The patch delivers low levels of nicotine to the body. This helps wean the body gradually.
Another form of NRT, nicotine gum can help users who need the oral fixation of smoking or chewing. This is common, as the addict may have the urge to put something into his or her mouth. The gum also delivers small doses of nicotine to help the user manage cravings.
Spray or Inhaler
Nicotine sprays and inhalers can also help by giving low doses of nicotine without tobacco use. These are sold over the counter and are widely available. The spray is inhaled, sending nicotine into the lungs.
Some doctors recommend the use of medication to help with tobacco addictions. Certain antidepressants or high blood pressure drugs might be able to help manage cravings.
Psychological and Behavioral Treatments
Some tobacco users have success with methods like hypnotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). These help the user change their thoughts about addiction and work to alter feelings or behaviors the brain associates with tobacco use.