The Best Way to Quit Smoking

Highly Effective Nicotine Addiction & Smoking Cessation Treatment Starts with the Brain.

Why is it so Hard to Quit Smoking?

One of the main reasons nicotine is so addictive is because it stimulates artificially high production of serotonin, dopamine and other neurotransmitters and hormones, creating an imbalance in the “reward system” of the brain (see Facts about Tobacco and Nicotine at right).

According to NIDA, “Addiction changes brain circuitry, making it hard to “apply the brakes” to detrimental behaviors. In the non-addicted brain, control mechanisms constantly assess the value of stimuli and the appropriateness of the planned response. Inhibitory control is then applied as needed. In the addicted brain, this control circuit becomes impaired because of drug use and loses much of its inhibitory power over the circuits that drive responses to stimuli deemed salient.”

In other words, altered brain chemistry is the root of the problem. Any treatment that fails to normalize brain chemistry has little chance of success. In other words, instead of quitting smoking cold turkey or using stop smoking aids, it turns out that the best way to quit smoking is to correct brain chemistry.

At Theta Wellness Center, we use a drug-free, scientific, neurological approach to correct chemical imbalances in the brain, which are the root cause of common problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, pornography addiction, smoking, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, video game addiction, and other unwanted behaviors.

Theta combines several cutting-edge technologies in a single treatment program that has been clinically shown to produce results that are up to 3 times faster and 11 times more effective than traditional treatment methods, with a much lower failure rate than quitting smoking cold turkey or using stop smoking aids. Some of these treatment tools include:

ThetaChamber℠ therapy

• Binaural audio stimulation

• Visual stimulation

• Vestibular (motion) stimulation

• Whole Body Light Stimulation℠ therapy

• Detoxification

• Relaxation techniques

Unlike counseling or pharmaceutical intervention, these treatments induce the brain’s “Theta” state, signaling the brain to return to normal, healthy production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Results of the treatment include reduced cravings, elevated mood, enhanced well being, and greater self control.


The Best Way to Quit Smoking

Theta’s comprehensive treatment protocol consists of two – 90 – 120 minutes sessions a day Monday through Friday and one 90 minute session on Saturday and Sunday for 4 weeks (28 days).

More than 50 years of research, comprising nearly 200 studies dating back to 1959 as well as recent first-hand patient outcomes, have shown Theta’s treatment protocols to be safe and effective. As technology, science and computers have advanced, these treatments have become more practical, less expensive and easier to obtain. They are now available at every comfortable, professional Theta Wellness Center.

Facts about Tobacco and Nicotine

Modern research shows that nicotine acts on the brain to produce a number of effects. Specifically, research examining its addictive nature has been found to show that nicotine activates the mesolimbic pathway (“reward system”) – the circuitry within the brain that regulates feelings of pleasure and euphoria.

Nicotine’s Effect on the Brain
Dopamine is one of the key neurotransmitters actively involved in the brain. Research shows that by increasing the levels of dopamine within the reward circuits in the brain, nicotine acts as a chemical with intense addictive qualities. In many studies it has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine and heroin.

Withdrawal Symptoms
Like other physically addictive drugs, nicotine withdrawal causes down-regulation of the production of dopamine and other stimulatory neurotransmitters as the brain attempts to compensate for artificial stimulation. To compensate, the brain in turn increases the number of receptors. The net effect is an increase in reward pathway sensitivity, the opposite of other addictive drugs such as cocaine and heroin, which reduce reward pathway sensitivity. This brain alteration can persist for months. Often nicotine withdrawal causes months or years of depression.

Mood Altering Effects
Nicotine acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant. First causing a release of glucose and epinephrine (adrenaline), it causes stimulation. Users report feelings of relaxation, sharpness, calmness, and alertness.

When a cigarette is smoked, nicotine-rich blood passes from the lungs to the brain within seven seconds and immediately stimulates the release of many chemical messengers (neurotransmitters and hormones) which are responsible for most of nicotine’s effects. Nicotine also extends the duration of the effects of dopamine and increases sensitivity in brain reward systems.

Nicotine produces significant behavioral sensitization, a measure of addiction potential. This is similar in effect toamphetamine.

Most cigarettes (in the smoke inhaled) contain 1 to 3 milligrams of nicotine. Research suggests that, when smokers wish to achieve a stimulating effect, they take short quick puffs, which produce a low level of blood nicotine. This stimulates nerve transmission. When they wish to relax, they take deep puffs, which produce a high level of blood nicotine, which depresses the passage of nerve impulses, producing a mild sedative effect. At low doses, nicotine potently enhances the actions of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, causing a drug effect typical of those of psychostimulants. At higher doses, nicotine enhances the effect of serotonin and opiate activity, producing a calming, pain-killing effect. Nicotine is unique in comparison to most drugs, as its profile changes from stimulant to sedative/pain killer in increasing dosages and use.

Health Effects
Nicotine increases blood pressure and heart rate, and risk of atherosclerosis. It also has many other effects, including abolishment of the beneficial and protective effects of estrogen in the brain, which is involved in memory formation and retention

A Hard Habit to Break
The stimulant effect is the main factor responsible for the dependence-forming properties of tobacco smoking. According to the American Heart Association, nicotine addiction has historically been one of the hardest addictions to break, while the pharmacological and behavioral characteristics that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those determining addiction to heroin and cocaine. The nicotine content of popular American-brand cigarettes has slowly increased over the years, and one study found that there was an average increase of 1.6% per year between the years of 1998 and 2005. This was found for all major market categories of cigarettes.

Quitting smoking cold turkey is not always the best way to quit smoking. Sometimes “stop smoking aids” can be helpful in weaning and ultimately quitting smoking. However, the process is much easier when combined with Theta Chamber℠ technology.

Wanting to learn why quitting smoking cold turkey is usually not the best way to quit smoking? Would you like to learn how to make “stop smoking aids” more effective? Theta Wellness Centers use a revolutionary process that has been shown to be up to 3x faster and 11x more effective than other methods that use “stop smoking aids” without Theta Chamber℠ technology. If you would like to learn the best way to quit smoking, please call us for more information.

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