There’s a very good reason why alcohol and nicotine addiction are often mentioned together. It’s actually quite common to see people with a drinking problem who also smoke, sometimes heavily.
Nearly 80% of heavy drinkers also smoke. Based on this information, you might be curious about the similarities and differences between quitting alcohol vs. quitting smoking.
Prior to comparing these two tasks, it’s important to consider the differences between alcohol and nicotine. In the long-term, both substances create serious health concerns, alcohol health issues can occur much quicker. In the short-term, these two substances affect one’s health quite differently. For the most part, nicotine isn’t an imminent threat to one’s well-being on a day-to-day basis. On the other hand, the consumption of large amounts of alcohol immediately impairs one’s ability to function in almost every way.
There are three primary differences between addressing a drinking problem and the cessation of cigarette smoking:
Lakeview Health in Jacksonville, Florida specializes in residential addiction treatment. Our base treatment program is centered around intensive therapy and the 12 Steps of Recovery. To address other possible dimensions of addiction, we also provide an in-house detox process, dual diagnosis treatment and our signature four-day family treatment program. Finally, we provide access to aftercare programs that help patients stay focused on recovery while readjusting to life on the outside without substances.
If you’ve recently come to the realization you have a serious drinking problem and want help, Lakeview Health encourages you to immediately us at (866) 704-7692. Given the inherent dangers of trying to quit on your own, we would like to help you safely find the road to recovery and the chance for a better life.
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