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. 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.

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  2. 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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