Vaping Addiction

Vaping is a relatively new form of addiction and whilst it was primarily designed to help smokers quit smoking cigarettes, recent data suggests there is now approximately 68 million e-cigarette users throughout the world. Whilst there is evidence that e-cigarettes offer the tobacco smoker a safer option to their traditional smoking habit, the worrying factor is that many previously non-smokers and youngsters are taking up the habit and becoming addicted to nicotine a highly addicted substance contained in e-cigarettes.

In the early days of the vaping phenomena, social media played a prominent part in promoting the practice as cool and sociable and as consequence hundreds of thousands of young teenagers found themselves hopelessly addicted to the habit. Much of the interest was driven by so called social media influencers promoting seductive pictures of themselves using their vaping products. Recently the UK has decided to ban the sale of disposable vapes because their use by children has tripled in the last three years and there is strong evidence to suggest that their cheap prices, bright colours and the variety of flavours have all conspired to encourage children to become addicted. Many unsuspecting parents often did not identify their child's addiction to vapes as many resembled that of innocuous highlighter pens.

When nicotine is inhaled through vaping it causes the release of  a chemical called dopamine which in turn causes  a mood-altering change to the brain which provides a similar feeling  to a high  that make the user seek further highs by continuing to vape. Inhaled vape delivers nicotine to the brain within 20 seconds this is a much quicker and higher dose than one inhalation of a traditional cigarette. 

Because the vast majority of vapes contain high proportions of nicotine, over time the brain and body gets used to having nicotine, which is why when people  try to quite the habit they experience  nicotine withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are quite easy to identify and will include such feelings of anxiety, trouble sleeping and concentrating, irritableness. This all manifests in strong urges to continue with their vaping habit assisted  with lots of self-defeating thoughts about why it’s not such a good idea to quit vaping in the first place. Whilst these symptoms will present a challenge to quitting, the good news is that within two to four weeks after giving up many people find that they disappear altogether. Sometimes depending on the level of usage this may take longer, but case studies firmly support the fact that it is possible to quit the habit as many thousands have done.

Here at Addictions Away, we help you to explore and identify the reasons behind your vaping  addiction  and understand more clearly your emotional dependency on vaping  to cope with life’s ups and downs. This will allow us to deliver the most appropriate form of therapy tailored to your unique circumstances.  Throughout your entire journey on the road to recovery our fully qualified and registered therapist will work closely alongside you, thus ensuring the best possible outcome. We offer confidential on-line and in person therapy services regulated by The British Standards Authority, provided at one of our therapy suites located throughout North Wales and Cheshire.

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