Want Help Staying Sober? Lose the nicotine.

Adult smokers with a history of problem drinking who continue smoking are at a greater risk of relapsing three years later compared with adults who do not smoke. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150930140351.htm

2 thoughts on “Want Help Staying Sober? Lose the nicotine.

  1. Bill Post author

    That is one way of looking at it. The other point of view includes (1) the fact that smoking is a more dangerous addiction than alcohol, killing more people per year than all other drugs combined; (2) the consideration that as long as you are stimulating the pleasure system artificially with any drug, you aren’t yet free of addiction; and (3) it raises the question of whether you can call yourself clean and sober while you’re still compulsively using a deadly drug.

    Privately, I would comment that AA’s “singleness of purpose” is often a handy excuse for denial. That will probably piss off a number of AA’s, but to them I say, examine your own recovery carefully. Powerless is powerless.


  2. toptoucan

    im finding nicotine helpful in my early recovery. In my group, most smokers seem to quit at around 4 years of sobriety. i dont think i can be too hard on myself and give up everything at once, this is a long process. one older sober member said the other night, in early recovery let yourself have too much of everything (too much chocolate, coca cola, coffee, cake) except alcohol!


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