New Study Shows Connection Between Smoking and Sobriety
Posted By Schick Shadel || Oct 27, 2015
In a new study conducted by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, researchers found that patients who struggle with alcohol abuse are more likely to relapse within the first three years after they quit if they continue to smoke.
The study followed tens of thousands of individuals recovering from alcoholism for three years. Those who smoke were two times more likely to begin drinking again than nonsmokers. Researchers factored in illicit drug use, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and nicotine dependency.
Roughly 80-95% of individuals who have a history of alcohol abuse also smoke cigarettes, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Of these individuals, about 70% are heavy smokers. It is important in recovery to treat any problems with alcohol, as well as addictions that may be detrimental to the patient’s health and treatment of alcohol abuse.
It is not fully known why this connection exists, but past research may allow us to see links between the behavioral and neurochemical effects. It is important to understand that smoking — like alcohol abuse — is an addiction and can have negative effects on an individual’s body. It is possible that by breaking one addiction without giving attention to another, the user is still allowing forms of addiction to persist.
Alcohol abuse is a serious condition and help is a necessity. At Schick Shadel, we are committed to aiding any individual who is addicted to become healthy. Our system has proven to work countless times in the past and we want to help you, too. You can learn more about our alcohol treatment and recovery center by calling us and discussing your situation with us. We will explain our program and detail how we can help you combat your addictions in a healthy and effective manner.