They also have incredibly short half-lives (nicotine 2 hrs, most opioids 2-4 hrs). That means, at first, the user must re-dose every 2-4 hours. Re-dosing that often causes rapid depletion of the neurotransmitters they cause the body to dump. It also forces the body to increase the number of chemical receptor sites they activate. Very quickly, these effects add up to increased “tolerance,” and the user must take in more & more to get the original feeling of pain relief. The body just can’t keep up. Eventually, the relief doesn’t happen anymore, but the person continues to chase the original feeling.
Don’t despair, recovery IS possible!
Naturopathic medicine has some amazing treatments that can help make your recovery easier:
!!! There are some fantastic programs widely available for smoking cessation, and many of them are free! If you’re here in California go to:
If you’re anywhere else, do an internet search for “Free smoking cessation programs.”
As for opioid addiction recovery, I would strongly suggest starting your recovery process by going to a reputable treatment program, if possible. Here is a website with some good info on how to locate help without insurance:
About the Roaming Naturopath
Dr. Lisa is an Naturopathic Doctor in Santa Cruz who focuses on cardiovascular health, addictions medicine, and chronic pain who shares health news and natural medicine tips.