Over the counter medications simply replace nicotine and there are no long-term controlled studies to determine effectiveness. Other independent studies show that these self-directed treatments work less than 20% of the time.
As with any addiction, you need to want to quit smoking to be successful. There are many proven prescription medications and conjunctive therapies that will assist you in being successful, but the process of becoming smoke-free requires a mental decision to want to quit. The physical addiction to cigarettes and bi-products can be overcome with the programs we offer, but the psychological addiction to cigarretes is a personal decision to quit.
There are (2) FDA approved prescription drugs to suppress the cessation of smoking. Chantix is a prescription pill taken twice per day that is designed to help adults stop smoking.?Chantix blocks nicotine from activating the nicotine receptors in the brain so if you relapse and have a cigarette the cigarette
doesn’t give you the pleasurable sensation you are used to. Although Chantix is not nicotine nor does it contain nicotine, it occupies and activates the nicotine receptors in the brain, producing a pleasurable sensation just like nicotine without the carbon monoxide, tar and cancer-causing compounds present in tobacco smoke.
Zyban (Wellbutrin) is an antidepressant medication. Zyban is used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. Zyban is also used to help people stop smoking by reducing cravings and other withdrawal effects. While it isn’t understood exactly how Zyban exactly works, we do know that this prescription-strength medicine alters the brain’s chemistry. The result is a reduced interest in smoking, nicotine cravings are diminished, and often people find it easy to quit because smoking loses its appeal.
As part of your treatment protocol we will also be offering additional services to ensure your success. These services include counseling (mentors) and treatments using cold level lasers. When you stop smoking, a sudden drop in endorphin levels lead to withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritation, and depression. The laser treatment protocol is to stimulate the release the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals, which can help eliminate the withdrawal symptoms associated with smoking cessation. These chemicals are endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. When these chemicals are re-introduced into the body it makes it easier to cope with the addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and cravings that arise from giving up nicotine.
Throughout the process of going through our stop smoking program you will have access to our staff that will help you each step of the way. Our staff is trained in supporting you in a variety of ways including answering questions you may have concerning your treatment and in giving you the moral support to succeed now and for a lifetime.