Continuing to wear nicotine patches after smoking lapses promotes recovery of abstinence
It has been proven that recovering alcoholics, addicts and compulsive gamblers can quit smoking with 2 strategize;
- Using the 12 steps of Nicotine Anonymous and,
- Using nicotine replacement patches.
This research adds to that knowledge by asserting continued use of patches after a smoking relapse can help in abstinence from smoking.
The researchers report-
Aims Smokers who lapse during a cessation attempt are at particularly high risk of relapse, so interventions to help smokers recover from lapses are urgently needed. Two recent studies have suggested continuing to use nicotine patches following a lapse may be a beneficial relapse prevention strategy. However, to date no study that uses approved doses of nicotine patches under real-world conditions has tested this hypothesis.
Design and setting Clinical trial conducted across eight US study sites.
Participants and measurements Using data from 509 subjects (240 active; 269 placebo) who lapsed during weeks 3–5 of treatment in a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial of 21-mg nicotine patches, we examined whether active nicotine patch use improved the chances of recovering abstinence at weeks 6 and 10.
Findings Active patch use (versus placebo) increased the likelihood of recovery from a lapse both at 6 weeks = 10 times more likely to succeed.
Conclusions Continuing treatment to aid smoking cessation with active patches promotes recovery from lapses. Smokers should be encouraged to persist with patch treatment if they lapse to smoking.
Stuart G. Ferguson, Joseph G. Gitchell, Saul Shiffman. Addiction. Volume 107, Issue 7, pages 1349–1353, July 2012