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Should You Quit Nicotine When You Get Sober?

Many people who make the life-changing decision to begin recovering from a substance use disorder use multiple substances. In the form of vaping, smoking, and chewing, nicotine is often a gateway to other addictions and one of the most difficult to give up. But many people DO choose to give up nicotine, a day at a time, to help them focus on their recovery. Unfortunately, smoking and vaping are often triggers that remind people of using drugs.

Nicotine Is A Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder covers all substances; if you’re addicted to one, you are likely addicted to others.

Nicotine is a highly addictive, dangerous drug that can have serious health consequences for users. But is it safe to quit nicotine simultaneously as you quit other substances?   A lot of people DO, but it is a personal choice. For one thing, when you decide to get sober, you will likely take part in a detox program. In that program, they may or may not allow nicotine use.

If you choose to quit vaping or smoking, support structures are in place. You may even decide to get Medication-Assisted Treatment such as patches to help you stop. Quitting smoking or vaping is a life-changing decision. You'll be healthier, happier, and save a ton of money.

Recovering From Nicotine Addiction

People who recover from nicotine addiction can use the same tools to stop using other substances. Admitting that you are powerless over tobacco is the first step. Then, acknowledging cravings and learning new coping skills can help you as you stay away from nicotine, a day at a time.

Proper nutrition, exercise, and emotional support are all tools to help you get back on your feet. Learning to re-connect with others, yourself, and your spirit all come in time as you make your way on your recovery journey.

Getting Help for Addiction

We can help you get sober, and begin to live a life free of all substances. We’re here to help you reclaim your life, find serenity, and begin your recovery journey. Give us a call at US (949) 279-1376 • MX (612) 153-5726 to learn more.



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Hi! I’m Melissa Stailey, a freelance writer that loves to cook. I live and work in Washington, DC.