According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. More than 480,000 people die each year because of cigarettes, and that’s in the US alone. The psychiatrists and psychologists at Advanced Mental Health Care in Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and Juno Beach, Florida, understand the risk that smoking poses. Dr. Aron Tendler and Alison Stier have extensive experience with smoking cessation services. If you or a loved one is struggling to stop smoking, use the fast and easy online scheduling tool to make an appointment.
Nicotine is the substance in cigarettes that creates cravings. Nicotine works by activating the mesolimbic dopamine system, which is the part of your brain that stimulates reward-centered brain activity.
After you’ve been smoking for just a short period, your brain starts to expect that stimulation on a regular basis. When you stretch the length of time between cigarettes, nicotine withdrawal kicks in.
Withdrawal leads to cravings and eventual relapse as your brain demands the stimulation that it has come to expect. That’s why most people who try to quit end up relapsing within just one week.
Breaking this cycle is a major step in smoking cessation; however, nicotine is just one of many dangerous components found in cigarettes. According to one study, cigarette smoke contains 98 elements known to be hazardous to humans.
At Advanced Mental Health Care, a combination of counseling services and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is used to treat nicotine addiction.
The rTMS process involves a painless and noninvasive stimulation of cortical neurons in your brain. The result is a decrease in cravings, which is instrumental in kicking the habit for good.
Deep TMS is another option, using a coil specifically designed for treating nicotine addiction to deliver deeper stimulation to the portion of your brain that creates cravings.
Researchers report that in just one month people who quit smoking display normalizing changes to the nicotine receptors in their brain. That is just one measurable outcome of breaking the addiction.
Other benefits of quitting smoking include:
To learn more about the power of TMS in smoking cessation, call or schedule an appointment online.