Nicotine Addiction – It Can Happen To Anyone

If you have ever known someone who smokes cigarettes, you probably have seen this first hand.

We spoke of addiction in our last update.  Addiction’s are very serious.  Be in alcohol, drugs, gambling, what have you.  They are all very taxing on friends, family, and social life.

Addiction to nicotine can affect more demographics then all other addictions.  Kids these days start smoking at the early ages of seven, eight, nine, or ten.  It really doesn’t matter when, it’s just IF they start this nasty habit.

Most people think that tobacco is the addictive part of cigarette smoking.  This could not be farther from the truth.

It’s nicotine.

Nicotine can make someone an addict about as fast as heroin, which is very scary.

It’s nothing to take lightly.  Even the people who think they are doing the right thing by smoking electronic cigarettes or “vaping” as they commonly call it now, they are getting nicotine in 99% of the situations.  I say 99% because that’s what sells in the e-cig world, the nicotine-filled cartridges and e-juice bottles that contain flavors mixed to anyone’s specs, but of course, with enough nicotine to get people that kick they desire.

A small portion of the sales, according to industry giant VMR Products, maker’s of the V2 brand of e-cigs, is in the zero nicotine cartridges.  These cartridges contain no nicotine, and therefore, are the only ones I can suggest you try.  Jan Verleur, CEO of this company, has provided a link to a V2 Cigs promotion where you can save up to 45% off with these special coupon codes.

I’m not endorsing smoking, but if you do, choose nicotine free cartridges.  Here’s a quick video why you should not take my advice lightly, and stick to the zero nicotine products if you have any inkling at all to smoke.

Smoking kills.  Nicotine is addictive.  That’s the bottom line.

Getting the Word Out About Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Instead of saying “oh Michael is out of control,” DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Today I’m writing about something very close to my heart, being from a family of alcohol addicted people.

I was in treatment at Meridian Treatment Solutions Drug Rehab Center. I completed my 30 days and seriously it saved my life. I would have stayed there longer but I really needed to get back to my 15 month old son. I had relapsed on crystal meth and my life had become a living nightmare. I just could not stop myself. I tried the meetings and family and friends did all they could do. However, I realized that I needed a proper treatment.

The first week was very emotional and I got the chance to identify the major issues that had been bothering me for a long time. I found a lot of comfort in spending time with other patients who faced similar problems to me.

The therapists were truly amazing and I made a tremendous breakthrough during the therapy. Meridian solutions have this EMDR Therapy; eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. This is a psychotherapy that is designed to reduce the trauma related stress and anxiety that is linked with post traumatic stress disorder and improves overall mental health functioning.

Being Addicted to Alcohol

You CAN get help for addiction to alcohol.

EMDR treatment is an innovative and an effective treatment for substance abuse. It has changed lives of many different addicts including me.

The exercises involve detailed discussion about the past traumas that may be the reason for the patient’s addiction. With that, the various parts of the brain are engaged through tones, taps, bilateral eye movements and other factors. By combining all the brain is easier to reprogram in quite different ways.

Mostly patients that undergo EMDR treatment find it easier to win the battle against drugs and alcohol addiction. They even learn new things, for example, healthy ways how to cope with past traumas or emotionally painful accidents. This can improve the quality of the patient’s life and show a lasting effect of addiction management.

The treatment is provided by a therapist who first reviews the history of the patient and assesses whether the patient is completely ready for the EMDR. During the preparatory phase the therapists asks about some comforting and positive moments in their life that can be used if the psychological distress linked with a trauma triggers.

According to some theories, a patient with a history of repeated unsuccessful attempts at rehabilitation are untreated traumas and EMDR is the best treatment for patients who have faced them in the past.

I am thankful to Meridian Solutions for giving me my life back.