A Critique of Nicotine Addiction (Neurobiological Foundation by Hanan Frenk

By Hanan Frenk

Nicotine is nearly universally believed to be the foremost issue that motivates smoking and impedes cessation. specialists akin to the healthcare professional basic of the us and the Royal university of Physicians within the united kingdom have declared that nicotine is as addictive as heroin and cocaine. This e-book is a critique of the nicotine habit speculation, in line with a serious overview of the learn literature that purports to end up that nicotine is as addictive drug. The evaluation relies on a second look of greater than seven-hundred articles and books in this topic, together with animal and human experimental stories, results of `nicotine alternative therapies', and plenty of different appropriate assets. This overview concludes that on current facts, there's each cause to reject the commonly accredited conception that nicotine has an enormous function in cigarette smoking. A severe exam of the standards for drug dependancy demonstrates that none of those standards is met through nicotine, and that it's more likely that nicotine in truth limits particularly than enables smoking.

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Secondary reinforcers are also effective rewards for humans. Money, for example, is a strong positive reinforcer for humans.

The similarity between drug addiction and habit is further complicated by the fact that most addictive drugs are used habitually, so that regular routines and rituals develop around the drug use. This point has been acknowledged 10 in the DSM-IV . In describing Opioid Dependence, for example, it notes that “Persons with Opioid Dependence tend to develop such regular patterns of compulsive drug use... (p. ” The rituals that accompany the use of habitual drugs play an important part in maintaining the habit; in fact, eliminating them can sometimes cause 478 an addiction to lose its appeal .

The term ‘compulsion’ is usually attached to behaviors that carry short-term pleasure or relief of stress, but negative long-term consequences. Thus we talk about compulsive nail biting, scab picking, hair pulling, overeating, stealing, shopping, gambling, deviant or exaggerated sexual activity, etc. Clearly, not all gamblers, shoppers, or people who indulge in repetitive behaviors of this kind have a compulsion: the term ‘compulsion’ implies an attempt to resist the habit and/or a feeling of being controlled by the habit.

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