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By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 12 Nov 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Addiction; Withdrawal; Therpaies;

For those people whom are serious about kicking their habit there is good news. Modern medicine and research have developed therapies that can assist the sufferer with the control of the symptoms of withdrawal from some substances.

Giving-Up Smoking

Along with the advice and support offered by smoking cessation personnel and help groups there are ways of making the transition from smoker to non-smoker even easier.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

There are a great many products available to help control the withdrawal of nicotine and the dosage can be reduced until the person can manage without it. Nicotine replacement can be found in a number of delivery systems.

Patches
Nicotine patches are adhesive squares that are placed onto clean and dry fleshy areas of skin and are designed to give slow release doses of nicotine. They can vary in dose and the most appropriate strength must be used which is dependent on the brand and amount of cigarettes smoked in normal behaviour.

They are good for reducing cravings and for controlling the other symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

Gum
Nicotine gum is similar to chewing gum, though obvious with a different taste that not only helps with cravings due to its fast administration, but it also helps to keep the mouth busy as it would be with cigarettes.

Tablets/lozenges
These are placed under the tongue and absorbed into the blood stream. They act quickly and are therefore good for immediate cravings that are difficult to overcome.

Inhalers
These have the benefit of acting as a replacement cigarette and can offer an almost immediate nicotine ‘hit’ as the nicotine is breathed into the back of the mouth and throat, without the nasty chemicals of cigarettes being inhaled. The downside is that it may be harder to reduce the usage of an inhaler as it is so similar to the real thing.

Along with nicotine replacement therapy, there are other methods of replacement that can be used to help quit smoking.There are a great number of herbal remedies available in health food shops, on the internet or even offered in magazine supplements that profess to help with cravings and withdrawal. There is little evidence that these substances are either beneficial or non-advantageous, so do exercise caution before parting with any monies.

Your GP may recommend the use of a drug called Zyban to you. This drug is only available on prescription after assessment of the person due to the strict criteria needed before taking this drug. It acts on the brain and interferes with nerve processes. It has a different action and purpose to nicotine replacement therapy but has seen some good results so far. It comes in tablet form and should be used in combination with other support techniques.

If you have any cardiac or cardio-vascular medical history it is important to seek medical advice before commencing any type of new therapy.

Opioid Addiction

For those who are determined to give-up their drug habit, there are alternatives available to help, though honesty and willingness are key to the success of these products.

Methadone
Methadone is the treatment of choice for addicts of opioid drugs including heroin and morphine.It has the same chemical effects on the brain, though does not carry the same ‘high’. It also allows the person to change their behaviours and social networks whilst keeping withdrawal under control.

It is safe to use long-term and is best reduced very slowly to avoid relapse.Methadone causes no serious side-effects, is legal, must be prescribed and will be provided following assessment from your GP or community drugs support team (or equivalent).

It must be noted that complete compliance and a willingness to change are crucial to the success of this therapy.

Buprenorphine
Similar to methadone, this drug reduces the symptoms of withdrawal and is indicated for those whom cannot use methadone. This drug is given in tablet form.

Alcohol Withdrawal

Those suffering from an addiction to alcohol should be aware that if levels of consumption are particularly high, the indications for stopping completely at once are not advised.

A drug called Disulfiram can be prescribed to help offer additional support at times when cravings are difficult to control. If this drug is taken and alcohol continues to be used, the side-effects are quite unpleasant.

If you have an addiction and are serious about wanting to give-up, please speak to your GP or local support group to find out about therapies available to you.

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My nephew has been a heroine addict for 20 yrs now. He now wants to stop. He is currently on methadone but is does not supress his craving so he injects heroine as well. He feels he is in a vicious cycle. He will get help with rehab costs but he has to show improvement, but sadly he is not improving so they will not send him to rehab at the moment. I have referred him to an addiction councillor. His 2nd appointment is this Thurs. I am hoping she will get through to him. Are there any other options or advice. I am at the end of my tether. Thanks
Mishky - 12-Nov-18 @ 8:05 PM
Tinaellie - Your Question:
I was abused mentally eight years ago for three years by my ex-husband in the process, the only thing that kept me going was contacting a psychic, I used to get readings by email, this did help me. My main problem even now, is dealing with the future, I have had times of hardship and without money due to the jobcentre too. I am very motivated and do want to get on with life, and used to work for the NHS in childrens mental health for nearly nine years. With all the hardship even now, and I am having health problems now, and under the hospital, but still have a problem in going on with the future.Sometimes I call psychics numerous times, and just cannot get it in my head, after having so much wrong in my life, find it hard to believe the future is going to change, I do work hard at it changing though,and really do want positive change and to have a loving relationship with a future aswell as descent money too, and all the things I have always had in my life, such as a job and holidays and a nice home. I am strong, and would seriously like help, to just to be able to live my life, and enjoy nice clothes and nice food and to be able to look ahead.

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It is very easy to get caught up in a spiral of wanting to know what your future may hold and have re-assurance that everything will turn out OK, especially when you are feeling down and/or have had bad experiences. You are not alone either, there are many people with a psychic addiction. However, regardless of what a psychic tells you, I'm sure you know it is only you who is in control of your life and who can make the changes you need and want. The time wasted by contacting these people, (who really cannot predict a person's future) could be better served by trying to improve your life by your own actions. If you have a busy and active life, this dependency will fade. You can begin to take control by joining some clubs or classes and make a conscious decision to stay away from these readers. If you are having too much difficulty see your GP and ask for counselling.Another way might be to do your own analysis and rather than predicting what might happen, write down goals and ambitions of what you WANT to happen and resolve to make these things happen. Love will happen naturally when you are ready. The fact you want a positive change will help you to create a positive change. First and foremost, you need to believe in yourself, above a 'psychic' stranger and have the confidence to make your life happen for you. Good luck.
BeatingAddictions - 18-Nov-15 @ 2:18 PM
I was abused mentally eight years ago for three years by my ex-husband in the process, the only thing that kept me going was contacting a psychic, I used to get readings by email, this did help me. My main problem even now, is dealing with the future, I have had times of hardship and without money due to the jobcentre too. I am very motivated and do want to get on with life, and used to work for the NHS in childrens mental health for nearly nine years. With all the hardship even now, and I am having health problems now, and under the hospital, but still have a problem in going on with the future.Sometimes I call psychics numerous times, and just cannot get it in my head, after having so much wrong in my life, find it hard to believe the future is going to change, I do work hard at it changing though,and really do want positive change and to have a loving relationship with a future aswell as descent money too, and all the things I have always had in my life, such as a job and holidays and a nice home. Iam strong, and would seriously like help, to just to be able to live my life, and enjoy nice clothes and nice food and to be able to look ahead.
Tinaellie - 17-Nov-15 @ 11:27 PM
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