Symptoms of Different Modern Day Addictions » Symptoms of Smoking Addiction | Symptoms of Different Modern Day Addictions Tue, 05 Mar 2013 23:09:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Symptoms of Smoking Addiction /symptoms-of-smoking-addiction/ /symptoms-of-smoking-addiction/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 http://6024497 Smoking addicts display a variety of symptoms. Although the severity varies from one smoker to another, symptoms are similar across all demographics. In addition to the physical symptoms listed below, smokers tend to be extremely dependent on tobacco products for reducing stress in everyday life. This stress may be triggered by an actual event, but the stress may also be triggered by perception. Psychological dependency amplifies the symptoms of the addiction well beyond the physical body.

The limbic system is interconnected with the neurological system, and these systems are responsible for coping with stress. When the smoker uses tobacco products to reduce stress on a regular basis, alternate internal mechanisms for reducing stress remain undeveloped. This is why deep breathing and meditation techniques are beneficial to many addicts.

Shortness of Breath

Smokers typically experience shortness of breath. In general, the more they smoke, the more severe the shortness of breath. Since the brain requires a lot of oxygen to function properly, some cognitive abilities may decrease as well. Short breathing reduces the amount of oxygen carried through the blood supply, and this may exacerbate existing problems. In other words, high oxygen content in the blood is able to repair tissues throughout all systems inside the body. If the oxygen content is diminished for any reason, injured tissue is less likely to heal. Naturally, this same process affects the immune and neurological systems as well.

Cardiovascular and Lung Problems

Smoking addictions cause coughing and other pulmonary problems. Some smokers experience a mild but persistent cough; others regularly cough up discolored phlegm. The longer the addict smokes, the more likely they are to develop severe symptoms and diseases like lung cancer, emphysema and cardiovascular conditions. High blood pressure is also a common symptom. As the arteries constrict, the heart must work harder to pump blood to the peripheral limbs. The increase in the heart rate may lead to premature heart failure. The symptoms of smoking become progressively more dangerous the longer the addiction has been unchecked. Intervention by concerned family and friends is not guaranteed to produce results. Ultimately, the root cause must be addressed. If serious emotional pain is fueling the smoker’s addiction, it could take a community of support to successfully intervene.

Addicts who have been smoking for many years are unlikely to stop even though the threat of lung cancer increases with age. This is partially due to the dynamics of dependency that were described above. The use of smoking products is ultimately a method of alleviating some kind of pain. Addicts who seek help with the underlying problems have a higher success rate of quitting than addicts who treat only the physical aspect of their addiction.

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