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Nicotine and tobacco addiction treatment is crucial for addressing the serious health threats posed by tobacco use, especially among youth and young adults, offering effective treatments, including behavioral therapies and FDA-approved medications, to support cessation.
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About Tobacco And Nicotine Addiction

A 2012 study reported that people were more successful quitting alcohol, cocaine and heroin than quitting nicotine. Not only is nicotine physically addictive and capable of causing significant and extended withdrawal symptoms, it’s also psychologically addictive. People often rely on tobacco products as a way of dealing with unpleasant feelings such as worry, sadness or anger. Smoking and vaping are also involved in social activities, which makes it even more of a challenge to quit.

Nicotine addiction starts surprisingly young. A 2014 Surgeon General’s Report indicates 99% of adult smokers started smoking before age 18, and nearly all were smokers by the age of 26. While the terrible health effects of smoking are well understood and highly publicized, the tobacco industry continues to market cigarettes and other tobacco products directly to teens, portraying their use as glamorous, attractive and above all, safe. 

The tobacco industry has also succeeded in targeting a younger generation of nicotine users with e-cigarettes and vaping devices. While vapor-based nicotine is a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products, they aren’t necessarily safe. The majority of teens who vape go on to become smokers. 

We’ve Helped Thousands of Individuals Overcome Drug and Alcohol Addiction

If you or a loved one are ready to overcome drug or alcohol abuse, our addiction specialists are here to guide you through every step. Many of our dedicated staff members are in long-term recovery themselves and understand firsthand the challenges of the recovery journey. This personal experience, combined with our professional expertise, allows us to offer compassionate, effective support tailored to your unique needs.

Tobacco And Nicotine Health Effects

Cigarette smoke contributes to at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths, and contains 69 carcinogenic chemicals. Heavy smokers’ death rates from cancer are four times that of nonsmokers. The most common of smoking-related cancers is lung cancer, but it has also been associated with cancers of the throat, mouth, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, cervix, bladder, kidney and more. 

Cigarette smoking also increases the risk of: 

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Aneurysm
  • Vascular disease
  • Emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Heart attack
  • Type II diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Autoimmune diseases

By quitting smoking, you can limit the risk of most of these diseases and prolong your life expectancy. 

Withdrawal From Nicotine

Without medical assistance, withdrawal from nicotine can start soon after you quit. The list of nicotine withdrawal symptoms is long and can include restlessness or boredom, headaches, trouble sleeping, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, cough, dry mouth, sore throat, constipation, gas, frustration, chest tightness, impatience, and anger, increased appetite, slower heart rate, dizziness (which may last a day or 2 after quitting), anxiety, nightmares, tiredness, irritability and depression.

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Our drug addiction and mental health treatment center proudly offers only the highest standard of care in addiction medicine and behavioral health, underpinned by our state-of-the-art facilities and a team of esteemed alcohol and drug treatment professionals. To get started, give us a call or request a call from an addiction specialist who can offer support and guidance for you or a loved one.

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Treating Tobacco And Nicotine Addiction

Good news: While nicotine addiction is difficult to overcome, we can help you beat it. The best chances at quitting are with a combination of smoking cessation medications and behavioral therapy like CBD and DBT. Medications are available to help manage the symptoms of withdrawal. For example, over-the-counter and prescription nicotine replacement therapies gradually reduce your nicotine dosage over time. as well as bupropion and varenicline to limit cravings. You’ll also find peace and centeredness in our wellness program. So when you’ve decided you’re tired of being addicted to tobacco and nicotine, let us know. Right Path Rehab can help you move on for good.


Insurance Can Cover up to 100% of The Costs of Addiction Treatment and Mental Health Care

Did you know that insurance can cover up to 100% of the costs of addiction treatment and mental health care? Our addiction treatment center accepts most insurance plans. For a free insurance benefits check complete our confidential insurance verification form by clicking the link below.


Alexis Ecoff MA, LMFT, MCAP
As the Clinical Director for Right Path Recovery in San Diego, Alexis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of counseling and therapy. She has a strong academic background with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Alexis is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy in California, Florida, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
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