Attempting to quit smoking tobacco without help can be a major challenge. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug found in a variety of tobacco products. Many individuals have tried to quit and failed due to intense tobacco cravings. Because of intense withdrawal symptoms, it can be incredibly difficult for an individual to discontinue using tobacco products.
Fortunately, when an individual chooses tobacco treatment with 12 South Recovery, they can succeed in stopping the use of tobacco products. What’s more, by engaging in a variety of therapies, they can significantly improve their overall quality of life. 12 South Recovery’s personalized tobacco treatment plans can help people understand the root cause of their addictions and develop self-help strategies. Therapy can teach people the tools needed to appropriately respond to tobacco triggers and effectively overcome addiction permanently.
What Is Tobacco Use?
Tobacco use involves a product made from the tobacco plant leaves. The substance of tobacco is addictive and causes many negative health effects. Unfortunately, there is no safe form of tobacco use.
Several different types of tobacco products are available to the public today. These may include:
- Tobacco pipes
- Chewing tobacco
The Link Between Tobacco Triggers and Cravings
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading cause of preventable disability, disease, and death is, in fact, tobacco use. It has been estimated that approximately one in 600 U.S. minors try their first cigarette every day. About 200 of those individuals develop a tobacco dependence and begin to smoke cigarettes on a daily basis. Secondhand smoke is also an ongoing prevalent issue. This is where an individual is exposed to tobacco smoke in an unhealthy environment. Chronic exposure to tobacco smoke can cause numerous health complications.
Although stress can trigger tobacco use, tobacco exposure in public environments has been a persistent issue in America today. Triggers led by unwanted tobacco exposure can be harmful to both children and adults. This can also make it difficult for individuals to discontinue using tobacco products. Unwanted exposure can also increase tobacco cravings. Examples of tobacco exposure may consist of unwanted:
- Tobacco ads
- Family or friends using tobacco
- Individuals smoking in their cars with the windows open
- People smoking outside of department stores
- Tobacco exposure at festivals, concerts, and public events
- Individuals smoking in the street
- Peer pressure
The Harmful Health Risks Associated With Tobacco
According to the aforementioned CDC webpage, tobacco use causes numerous harmful effects. This includes unwanted tobacco exposure from secondhand smoke. Tobacco smoke can potentially harm just about every organ in the human body. Secondhand smoke affects approximately 58 million Americans and can cause several harmful effects on one’s body. Tobacco exposure and product use can cause:
- Various types of cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Lung disease
- Pregnancy complications
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of:
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Acute respiratory infections
- Severe asthma attacks
- Middle ear disease
- Impaired lung function
Moving Forward With 12 South Recovery for Tobacco Cravings
Choosing professional care with 12 South Recovery can provide individuals with helpful guidance and direction for recovering from tobacco addiction. Tobacco treatment can help an individual understand the root cause of their addiction and address both addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. Often it’s easier to overcome nicotine addiction through a dual-diagnosis approach.
Choosing to move forward with an individualized treatment plan at our facility can ensure individuals receive top-notch care that leads to a more successful journey to sobriety. Tobacco treatment with our specialists can help individuals safely overcome uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Over time, treatment can also help individuals find relief and guidance in reducing intense tobacco cravings. Committing to tobacco treatment with 12 South Recovery can help individuals break free from an unhealthy way of living. We encourage individuals every day by helping them rediscover life beyond tobacco use.
Self-Help Strategies to Overcome Tobacco Cravings
Although both city and state regulations have been put in place to reduce secondhand smoke, using self-help strategies in combination with professional care can help individuals more easily discontinue tobacco use. Practicing self-help strategies and staying dedicated to tobacco treatment can significantly reduce unwanted tobacco exposure for both children and adults. When unwanted cravings arise, practicing self-help strategies can prevent someone from having a tobacco relapse. Staying abstinent promotes a healthier lifestyle for everyone. Some helpful tips to abstain from tobacco use may include:
- Trying nicotine replacement therapy
- Avoiding triggers by choosing to spend time in smoke-free environments
- Keeping the mouth busy by chewing candy, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds instead of using tobacco products
- Taking ten minutes to ponder tobacco use before using tobacco products
- Staying physically active for a healthier mindset
- Reflecting on the reason behind quitting, to remind the individual of a positive purpose for oneself and others
- Trying relaxation techniques to reduce stress, thereby preventing tobacco triggers
Seeking Lasting Healing Through Professional Support
Treatment and recovery can be a difficult path for many individuals. Although it can be challenging, addiction and mental health recovery are possible for everyone. It is crucial to reach out for professional support and communicate any questions or concerns to make for a more comfortable experience. This will promote a more positive path toward recovery and encourage long-term sobriety from tobacco use.
For some individuals, intense tobacco cravings can be very challenging to overcome. Fortunately, there are expert facilities like 12 South Recovery who are leaders in mental health treatment. Our facility understands the challenges you face on your journey to a healthier life free from tobacco use. We offer a comprehensive dual diagnosis program designed to address the unique needs of individuals with tobacco addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. Through a combination of evidence-based therapies, compassionate counseling, and peer support groups, we can guide you toward sobriety. You can discover the root causes of your addiction and learn coping strategies that will make a tobacco-free life a true possibility. Call 12 South Recovery at (888) 830-8374 to learn more.