If you’re struggling to quit smoking and want to break free, a nicotine rehab centre can provide you with the support and guidance you need.
There are many ways of giving up tobacco, from the tried and tested nicotine transdermal patch to talking therapies. Whilst these are very effective for most, some people who get hooked on this highly addictive drug still struggle to break the habit. They have usually tried numerous ways of quitting nicotine but have not been successful.
Common methods of stopping smoking include going cold turkey, patches, lozenges, medications and free help from local smoking cessation services. Yet, these methods don’t work for everyone.
Yes, you can go to rehab for smoking or nicotine addiction. However, finding a rehab that offers nicotine detox can be challenging. The reason for this is that many rehab centres allow smoking for residents. With people struggling with alcohol and illegal drugs, these are completely banned, but only select rehabs include nicotine in that.
Rehabilitation clinics prefer clients are not exposed to what they are addicted to during their stay, and this is one of the main advantages of inpatient treatment. If you need help finding a rehab that will help you with smoking, our team can help; our database of trusted clinics includes several that offer this type of care.
If you or a loved one want to become smoke-free for good, we hope you will find this article helpful. Here, we explore the various mainstream treatments for nicotine dependence and advise on the benefits of private residential treatment. We also explain how targeted tobacco addiction treatment differs from the free support provided by the NHS.
Currently, in the UK, there are an estimated 6.4 million people who smoke cigarettes. Whilst this number has significantly lowered over the last 20 years, it is still extremely high, equating to 12.9% of the adult population.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance found in cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. When you smoke or use tobacco, nicotine enters your bloodstream and immediately stimulates the release of dopamine and endorphins in your brain. This creates a pleasurable and calming sensation. However, the effects of nicotine peak within seconds. After this, they dissipate quickly. The effects of nicotine are momentary. This often leads to a vicious cycle of habitual smoking that is very difficult to break.
The more frequently you smoke, the more your brain becomes dependent on nicotines’ pleasurable effects. This can cause you to increase your smoking and nicotine consumption over time. Reducing or stopping nicotine will cause you to have nicotine withdrawal. Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are uncomfortable and include irritability, sleep disturbances, depression, cravings and restlessness.
Whilst these symptoms do pass and can be controlled with NRT, in a person who has an addiction, nicotine cravings will be amplified. This is due to changes in the brain that have taken place, hardwiring the brain to compulsively seek and consume nicotine as its primary source of satisfaction.
For most people, giving up cigarettes comes easy when they have a sufficient reason to. They may decide to stop for health reasons, an up-and-coming operation, a relationship or financial reasons. Whilst they may need assistance from nicotine replacement therapy and may even suffer a few setbacks, they usually manage to do it without professional addiction help.
For others, however, when they truly want to stop, they cannot. Even when they are suffering mentally and physically, they are compelled to continue to smoke. This is one of the many components that set addiction apart from dependence. Addiction is a complex disease of the brain that cannot be cured.
If you are considering nicotine rehab to help you stop smoking, the chances are you cannot quit no matter how hard you try. You may well be suffering from addiction rather than just nicotine dependence.
The good news is that addiction can be successfully treated. Thoughts and behaviours can be changed with the correct treatment and support. New, healthier strategies for dealing with stress and emotions can be developed. You can enjoy life without nicotine in it!
In recent years, vaping has been heralded as a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products. As a result, approximately 8.7% of adults in the UK currently use an e-cigarette or similar daily. However, the long-term effects of vaping products are not yet fully realised.
Whilst vaping may seem healthier, is it?
If you think about it, there was once a time when cigarettes, valium, heroin and cocaine were touted as safe and non-addictive substances. Since then, these substances have been proven to be some of the most harmful on the planet.
Furthermore, substituting smoking with nicotine replacement therapy when you have a nicotine addiction won’t address the real issue – which is a physical, emotional and psychological need for nicotine. You aren’t free from nicotine. You are just taking it in a form that is currently perceived as safer.
Many people who vape as an alternative find themselves vaping even more frequently than they used to smoke. They still can’t break the hand-to-mouth habit and are still controlled by nicotine cravings.
Vaping also appeals to the younger generation (teens in particular), whereby they can still get a nicotine hit without the same expense or social exclusion that often comes with smoking tobacco.
If you or a loved one have a severe nicotine addiction, it is helpful to understand that you suffer from more than just physical nicotine dependence. Addiction is a complex condition that requires specific treatment to recover from.
Nicotine rehab can provide you with all the tools you need to stay smoke-free forever. Not only that, you will receive effective treatments to help with nicotine withdrawals and trauma-informed care to heal the root causes of your addiction, as well as address potential triggers for relapse.
Due to the high number of deaths that result from tobacco dependence, researchers are continually trialling different medications as treatment.
Tobacco products are infamous for causing numerous different types of cancer as well as heart attack, heart disease, lung disease and other potentially fatal ailments. Quitting smoking reduces your risks of these diseases. It has the added benefits of saving you money and improving your skin. You will also have much better mental and physical health once you are smoke-free.
Some antidepressants have been found helpful in the quitting nicotine process. Bupropion and Nortriptyline both have off-label indications for smoking cessation. However, their long-term success is questionable.
Studies have shown no clear evidence that taking Bupropion or Nortriptyline over other stop-smoking treatments, like varenicline or NRT, increases the likelihood of quitting cigarettes forever.
Antidepressants also have many side effects and do not address behavioural problems, traumas, thought patterns or compulsions. This is why nicotine rehab is so effective. Rehab treatments that are delivered treat the whole person and not just the presenting symptom – smoking.
In a rehab environment, you will receive comprehensive treatment for common drivers of smoking addiction, such as anxiety, depression, stress, early exposure, conditioning and trauma. This type of comprehensive treatment leaves no stone unturned. It paves the way for a nicotine-free, brighter and infinitely more satisfactory future.
Not everyone who smokes or vapes needs professional treatment to give up. And not everyone who smokes or vapes needs to give up. However, for a proportion of nicotine users, their habit will impact their physical and mental health severely.
It may be they have a clock ticking on their health, and quitting tobacco has become an urgent need. For some, the mental impact can be so immense that constant feelings of shame, guilt, regret and anxiety come up each time they smoke. Perhaps it has been this way with you.
Reasons for wanting to stop smoking can be varied for each person. However, not being able to stop when you really desire to do so comes down to one chronic condition – addiction.
When a person suffers from a smoking addiction, they lose control over whether they smoke or not. Much the same as when a person suffers from alcoholism – they are unable to control how much they drink or when they drink.
Rehab for smoking addiction provides a structured and calm environment where you or your loved one can focus solely on your recovery. It provides around-the-clock care and support from experienced professionals who understand the challenges of giving up smoking.
Nicotine rehab offers a comprehensive treatment approach that combines addiction therapy, counselling, CBT, behavioural treatments and medical treatments. This comprehensive approach significantly increases your chances of long-term success.
There are many benefits to attending inpatient rehab for smoking. Here, we give an overview of the main benefits our CQC-registered treatment centres have to offer. The UK’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) is akin to the Joint Commission of the US. They are the governing body that ensures the highest standards of care are delivered within our healthcare facilities.
Residential rehabs for smoking have medical staff who monitor your health throughout your stay. They provide treatments and promising medications to alleviate nicotine withdrawal symptoms and assist in the nicotine detoxification process.
Nicotine rehab programmes offer individual counselling and group therapy sessions to address the psychological, emotional and social aspects of addiction. These therapies help you develop coping mechanisms, manage cravings, and build a smoke-free lifestyle. They also help to unearth and heal the root causes of your addiction.
Being surrounded by others who are going through similar struggles can be incredibly powerful. Residential treatment allows you to connect with peers who understand what you’re going through and provide support during challenging times.
Every person who enters rehab has different treatment requirements. Whilst some will need the assistance of NRT products to help with nicotine withdrawals, others may opt for cold turkey in a safe environment. Our doctors will discuss with you your options, as well as look at what hasn’t worked for you in the past. NRT patches as well as promising treatments such as bupropion, will be discussed before a bespoke care plan is decided.
In addition to medical support for nicotine dependence, you will receive the latest in effective addiction treatments to help you stay nicotine-free. Trauma-informed care, behavioural treatments, holistic treatments, addiction therapies and cognitive behavioural therapy are just some of the many components we include in our rehabilitation plans.
Many nicotine rehab programs incorporate holistic therapies such as yoga, meditation, art therapy, and exercise into their treatment plans. These activities can help reduce stress, improve overall well-being, and provide healthier alternatives to smoking. All holistic therapies delivered within our treatment centres are led by qualified practitioners who will tailor treatments so that you gain maximum benefit.
Unlike in the real world, where there are daily stressors and triggers you often have to face alone, nicotine rehab provides a recovery-focused environment. No matter the time of day or night, there will always be a member of staff to talk to. The holistic treatment that our rehabs provide ensures that you are treated on every level possible, which means physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. You will not only leave treatment free from nicotine but also be transformed by the treatment you have undergone whilst under our professional care.
A successful recovery from nicotine addiction requires ongoing support even after completing residential treatment. Our nicotine rehab centres for smoking addiction offer bespoke aftercare programmes to help you maintain your recovery and prevent relapse. This may include consulting with a local smoking cessation expert, attending online therapy or returning to the place you underwent treatment with for regular sessions. Aftercare has been proven to show long-term higher quit rates for those afflicted with severe nicotine addiction.
Nicotine rehab may not be the cheapest option in terms of accessing private medical treatment, but it does provide you with the best treatment available, all under one roof.
When a person has an additional substance dependence on alcohol or heroin, well-known medical insurers such as Bupa and Axa will often provide covered plans for your treatment. Addiction and substance dependencies are recognised medical and mental health conditions. If you are unsure if your policy covers you, we can advise you further on this.
The cost of rehab for smoking addiction varies tremendously, ranging from a few hundred pounds to thousands of pounds.
If you are looking for a luxury rehab for nicotine dependence, costs start at around £ 5,000 per week. Going overseas often offers the benefits of luxury treatment but at a much more affordable price.
We can advise you of all of the treatment options suited to your treatment needs and budget over the phone.
1-week rehab program: £1500+
2-week rehab program: £3000+
3-week rehab program: £5000+
4-week rehab program: £6500+
If you’re ready to quit smoking and break free from nicotine addiction, residential nicotine rehab can provide the comprehensive support you need. With medical supervision, therapeutic interventions, and a holistic approach, these programs give you the best chance at long-term success.
If you or a loved one are battling with an addiction to smoking, please be assured that you are not alone. There is fast and effective help available.
Call us for a free assessment and more information on the treatment options we have to offer.