NIHA’s comprehensive, integrative approach to quit smoking is multi-factorial and addresses these components of addiction in a truly holistic, mind/body/spirit manner.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 20, 2014
The smoking cessation program at National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) is a medically supervised program which uses drug-free and effective, natural options to help smokers quit. The link between nicotine addiction and cancer, heart disease and other medical disorders is irrefutable, yet there are few safe, drug-free options to help tobacco users quit.
Addiction is a complicated problem which may involve physical, mental, biochemical, behavioral and even spiritual factors. Many find it difficult to stop smoking because all of these issues are not addressed simultaneously by treatment providers. NIHA’s comprehensive, integrative approach to quit smoking is multi-factorial and addresses these components of addiction in a truly holistic, mind/body/spirit manner. The NIHA smoking cessation program combines motivational and mindfulness counseling, low intensity laser therapy of acupuncture points (no needles), education and nutritional support.
The Smoking Cessation Program includes:
- Medical history and physical exam
- Counseling sessions, which show smokers how to abolish cravings with mindfulness and become aware of relapse patterns. Motivational counseling techniques are used as well to build confidence and stamina to successfully quit for good.
- Low intensity laser therapy is used instead of needles and applied to acupuncture points on the ear and other places to abolish cravings and improve mood. Studies have shown the use of acupuncture for addiction may help relieve cravings and calm the body.
- Nutritional supplementation is part of the program, as most nicotine users are depleted in certain vitamins, amino acids and neurotransmitters. Supplements may help a patient naturally regenerate the brain’s stress hormones and neurotransmitters that nicotine has robbed them of. Studies have shown that naturally replenishing neurotransmitters in the brain can help abolish cravings and other withdrawal symptoms and markedly decrease tobacco use even in individuals who have no intention of quitting.
The patient is educated to understand the medical, biochemical and psychological problems from long term nicotine use. Dr. C.E. Gant M.D.,Ph.D, who supervises the program, has worked in the field of addiction for over 35 years and is the author of "End Your Addiction Now" and "End Nicotine Addiction Now." Ana Vargas, M.D. (Mex.), M.S., will administer the laser treatments and provide professional counseling services. She obtained skills certification from the Center for Tobacco Research and Training of the University of Massachusetts, Medical School.
Stopping smoking leads to major health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure and mood, heart rate, sleep patterns, cancer and heart disease prevention, improved carbon monoxide levels and exercise endurance. The NIHA multi-faceted, integrated, smoking cessation program may help nicotine users quit for good.