Address:

1729 Wildwood Dr., Virginia Beach

Clinic Hours:

9am – 7pm (Mon-Fri), Closed (Sat & Sun)

Clinic Number:

(757) 938-3654

Nicotine Cessation Program

Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center (IHAT) is a premier outpatient addiction clinic located in Virginia Beach and offers a range of treatment services that will help you or your family member to break the vicious cycle of alcohol or drug / opioids addiction.

Inspiration Health Nicotine/Tobacco Cessation Program

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarettes cause one out of every five fatalities in the United States each year. The Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center is pleased to provide a smoking cessation program that makes quitting smoking and living a healthier lifestyle simple.

Nicotine addiction, also known as Nicotine Use Disorder, affects the brain’s circuits, resulting in dependency and tolerance. Because nicotine is legal, it is easy to obtain and in sufficient quantities for those suffering from this awful disease. Nicotine-containing goods are harmful not only to the user, but also to others who are in proximity due to second-hand smoke.

Tobacco/ Nicotine Harms

Tobacco products can lead to the development of several cancers in those who are addicted to nicotine.  

 

Cancers that might result from long term smoking:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia

 

Common withdrawal symptoms from Nicotine include:

  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Feelings of anger, anxiety, and depression
  • Headaches
  • Irritable bowels

Inspiration Health Addiction TREATMENT Center - Nicotine Treatment Program

The Program

At Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center (IHAT), our physicians and medical practitioners utilize medications for Nicotine addiction treatment to control and reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings in persons suffering from Nicotine Use Disorders, in conjunction with individual and group counseling, care coordination and behavioral therapies, and twelve-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) to assist persons with their sustained recovery. Individuals who use our Nicotine Replacement Therapy can quit smoking and enjoy happier, healthier lives.

Treatment for Nicotine Use Disorders can be provided in person by our medical practitioners, or appointments can be made via telemedicine.

We make every effort to organize same-day appointments for our Nicotine addicted patients. Nicotine addiction and Nicotine use disorders are specialties of our doctors and counselors.

Medically-Assisted Treatment for Nicotine/Tobacco Use Disorders

Our doctors offer a variety of pharmaceutical treatments that they may personalize to each person’s Nicotine Use Disorder in order to help them quit easily and maintain their nicotine-free status.

 

Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT)

  • Nicotine Patch This medication slowly releases nicotine and provides a consistent low level of nicotine throughout the day. It is available over-the-counter in strengths of 7, 14 and 21 mg. Patients typically start at the highest strength of 21 mg and taper the dose over 8 to 12 weeks. The main side effects from the patch are local skin irritation and vivid dreams that require removing the patch before bedtime. The patch location should be rotated every day. Never cut the patch because this causes nicotine to evaporate. Nicotine levels are elevated in one to two hours after application, an important fact for highly dependent smokers who have intense morning cravings. For intense cravings, short acting NRT gum, nasal spray, lozenge or inhaler can be added, as needed, with supervision.
  • Nicotine GumNicotine gum comes in 2 and 4 mg strengths and is available without a prescription. It can be combined with the patch for patients experiencing intense cravings. The gum should be chewed slowly and then packed between the gum and check, where the nicotine is absorbed across the lining of the mouth. When the tingling sensation goes away, the gum should be chewed again and then packed. The instructions should be carefully reviewed with a pharmacist or other health care professional to maximize its effectiveness. Nicotine gum is often chewed incorrectly. Patients with jaw disorders or significant dental work should not use nicotine gum. Reported side effects include nausea or hiccups.
  • Nicotine Oral Inhaler An inhaler can satisfy hand- to-mouth and oral activity that many smokers feel is important. Cartridges containing nicotine and menthol are placed inside a plastic holder that resembles a cigarette and puffed into the mouth and throat where nicotine is absorbed. Patients can use between six and 16 cartridges per day, which can be combined with a nicotine patch.
  • Nicotine Lozenges Nicotine lozenges come in 2 and 4 mg strengths and is available without a prescription. A lozenge is placed in the mouth and slowly dissolves so nicotine is absorbed over 20 to 30 minutes across the lining of the mouth (10 minutes for the mini-lozenge). Potential side effects include nausea, headaches and hiccups.
  • Nicotine Nasal Spray This form of nicotine reaches the brain faster than the gum, lozenge and inhaler. Potential side effects include nasal and sinus irritation and watery eyes, but this usually improves with regular use. When used with the nicotine patch, the nasal spray can be used on an hourly basis and as needed with intense cravings. It is available by prescription only.

 

Drug Therapy

 

  • Chantix (varenicline) Varenicline, also known by the brand name Chantix, is a pill that binds to nicotine receptors in the brain. It doesn’t cause the same level of activation as nicotine, but it relieves withdrawal symptoms. It also blocks the pleasant effects of nicotine if a person slips and smokes.
  • Zyban (bupropion, Wellbutrin) Buproprion, also known by the brand name Zyban, is a sustained release (SR) medication that’s also used as an anti-depressant. It alters dopamine levels in the brain, which helps to relieve nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

Counseling

Counseling is known to be a key component in an individual’s recovery when used in addition to Medication-Assisted Treatment for the treatment of and recovery from Nicotine/Tobacco use disorders.  Methods such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy can be combined with other behavioral health therapies to increase chance of long-term recovery.  Our licensed professional counselors and other members of the counseling department are trained in substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling. They regularly conduct individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Techniques used by our Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder counselors include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Counseling helps clients address grief and loss, family relationships, anger management, and other underlying conditions that may be hindering recovery. Clients are also taught coping skills and given the necessary tools to identify and avoid triggers that may also be necessary for recovery. 

Individual Counseling

With every effort made to make treatment as convenient as possible for those suffering from addictions of all kinds, it is feasible to see your counselor, care coordinator, and medical practitioner on the same day at the same location when seeking help at IHAT. Clients can come to individual therapy sessions in our inviting office that is a friendly, safe, and secure environment. To address the physical and psychological effects of a substance use disorder, clients will have an individual treatment plan prepared in collaboration with their physicians and counseling staff. Individual counseling sessions can help each client develop coping skills, identify substance use triggers, develop a relapse prevention strategy, and treat co-occurring psychological issues that have made maintaining sobriety nearly impossible. If a client’s schedule makes personal attendance problematic, telehealth allows them to attend individual therapy sessions; nonetheless, personal presence is encouraged whenever possible.

Group Counseling

Today, many people suffer from Nicotine Use Disorder (NUD) or Tobacco Use Disorder (TUD), previously known as nicotine dependence. Here at Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we want our clients to know they are not alone. Our trained counseling staff members organize and chair group counseling sessions throughout the week in our beautiful facilities. Group sessions allow clients the opportunity to hear from other people who are afflicted by NUD or TUD and process new ideas presented by the counselor on how to live healthier lives without the use of harmful substances. The support gained through open communication during group sessions has proved effective not only in the initial stages of recovery but throughout long-term sustained sobriety. Clients are also given the opportunity to join groups and counseling sessions by telehealth if a client’s schedule makes personal attendance difficult, but personal attendance is encouraged when possible.

Care Coordination

At Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center, we have substance use care coordinators who ensure that necessary services, including mental health services, are available to our clients. Our care coordinators and interdisciplinary team, which includes our medical doctors, make referrals, and connect clients to community resources to meet our clients’ social needs. That includes individual care plans our clients participate in that are developed in conjunction with our doctors, medical professionals, and counselors to meet our clients’ individual needs and track their progress in overcoming Nicotine/Tobacco use disorders.

Choosing to Stop is Difficult. Getting Help Should be Easy

We understand that our clients have a lot on their plates, whether it’s work, family, education, or legal commitments. Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center offers a variety of days and times to schedule your next appointment. What if you can’t make it to the clinic for an in-person appointment? No problem. We offer telehealth appointments that clients can attend anywhere they have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Telehealth is a straightforward procedure. Clients simply supply Inspiration Health Addiction Treatment Center with a valid email address, receive a link, and click on the link to attend the telemedicine appointment on the scheduled date and time. If the client has a camera on their phone, tablet, or computer, they will be able to view and talk with the doctor or licensed professional counselor as if they were in the same room.

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