No one wants to keep smoking, knowing the health effects, the costs, and the many other downsides of the habit. But smoking is known to be as addictive as heroin, so quitting isn’t easy at all. It takes a twofold approach to quit — you have to have the desire mentally and you have to remove the desire physically.
We can help with both sides at Creative Laser Solutions, so that you can finally kick the habit for good.
You see many over-the-counter medications — nicotine gum and patches and the like — but studies have shown that these self-directed treatments work less than 20% of the time. You need help to quit.
Prescription drugs are step one
We offer two FDA-approved prescription drugs to help you quit. Chantix is a prescription pill taken twice daily. Chantix works by blocking the nicotine from activating the nicotine receptors in your brain. That way, if you relapse and have a cigarette, you don’t get the same pleasurable sensation you formerly did. Chantix does not contain any nicotine. Instead it occupies and activates the nicotine receptors in the brain, producing a pleasurable sensation just like nicotine, without the harmful effects of the cigarette smoke.
Zyban is an antidepressant. It 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 the workings of Zyban are not totally understood, it does alter the brain’s chemistry to reduce interest in smoking, to reduce nicotine cravings, and to reduce the overall appeal of smoking.
We’re there for step two
Beyond those prescriptions, we offer counseling and treatments using cold-level lasers. Part of the problem when people stop smoking is that their endorphin levels drop, leading to anxiety, irritation, and depression. Our last treatments stimulate the body to release endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These natural chemicals make it easier to cope with the withdrawal symptoms and cravings associated with quitting.
Our counselors are also with you through each step of the process. They are the final key to being able to quit and to stay off cigarettes now and forever forward.
Interested in quitting? Call us at Creative Laser Solutions, 325-641-1927.