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Tobacco Addiction Caregiver Tips
If your loved one is addicted to tobacco, you can take steps to help them to quit.
- Educate yourself. Learn about what causes nicotine dependency, and understand the effects that the chemical has on the body. The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal can be intense and not unlike withdrawal symptoms associated with strong drugs such as opioids. It will help you to be more understanding if you know what your loved one is going through.
- Don’t have an all-or-nothing mentality. Beating tobacco addiction is very difficult, even for someone who truly wants to quit. Don’t get discouraged if there are setbacks, relapses, and frustrations. Continue to be supportive and help your loved one to try again.
- Get help. Intense addictions are not easy to overcome on your own. Encourage your loved one to seek professional treatment when self-motivated attempts to quit are not doing the trick.
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