ADD/ADHD Can Make Kicking a Habit Even Harder
Do you ever wonder what comes first… the smoking (addiction) or the ADD/ADHD (disorder)? Statistics on smoking are not in favor for those with the disorder, as 40% of adults with ADHD smoke, compared to 26% of the general population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many smokers with ADD/ADHD claim that smoking is a "self-medicating" rationale for their addiction, as they say that nicotine helps them focus and improve performance.
While there is no hard evidence to support this, pre-clinical data does show that dopamine may be released while smoking, so it can affect mental processes and impulse control (but doesn't necessarily improve it).
These findings are the result of a new study published in the Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, which shows that smokers with the disorder showed lower quitting rates than those without ADD/ADHD symptoms.
Regardless of whether or not smoking helps control symptoms, the dangers of smoking far outweigh any alleged benefits, as smoking remains the number one preventable cause of death in the United States, accounting for 1 in 5 deaths annually.
Benefits of Quitting Smoking
- Decreased risk of lung and other cancer, heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, bronchitis and emphysema
- Increased energy levels and improved fitness
- Better looking skin and less wrinkles
- Whiter teeth and fewer dental problems
- A better sense of taste
- Lessened chance of fertility problems
- Improved immunity
- Saved money that you would have spent on cigarettes
Since ADD/ADHD is a neuropsychiatric condition that develops in early childhood (and persists to adolescence and adulthood if left untreated), researchers suggest utilizing the findings to understand the added struggle, which can help to overcome it – as motivation and will are the primary factors needed to conquer addiction.
In addition, the study encourages us to take proactive measures to avoid addiction in the first place – such as discouraging our children or other younger people with ADD/ADHD from smoking to thwart nicotine dependency.
For those already addicted, natural and holistic treatments can also lessen the urge to smoke and help you to restore balance in your body. Supporting the nervous system and helping to maintain balanced serotonin levels in the brain can help to provide the support you need to successfully quit.
Combined with knowledge, motivation and natural support, it is possible to lead a life free of nicotine addiction!
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