Thursday, August 27, 2009

ADDICTION TO NICOTINE - SOME PARALLELS TO NARCOTIC ADDICTION:

An article in the current issue of Lancet by JD Pollack and colleagues notes that of the estimated 45 million American smokers, over 43% had tried to quit during the past 12 months. Of those who tried to quit on their own, 80% relapsed within one month and only 3% were abstinent at 6 months. The results were better with pharmacotherapy, but "only 15-35% ... were able to remain abstinent for more than a year." Interestingly, there is no mention of anything less than total smoking abstinence - smokers who cut down from, say, two packs a day to five cigarettes apparently were not distinguished from those who never cut down consumption at all.

4 Comments:

At 6:58 PM, Anonymous california rehab said...

Very interesting stats on drug detox. Thanks for pointing out the discrepancies. I would never know about how they categorize subjects in a study like this otherwise.

 
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At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Maria said...

Good article! Thanks to the author :)

 
At 5:21 AM, Anonymous Tatiana said...

This is some interesting data.

I'd like to see more of such stats, especially concerning the substances like heroin and the success rates from other countries with different methods.

 

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