Use and Abuse of Drugs - Addiction to drugs

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Initially people take drugs recreationally because of the pleasure and enjoyment associated with their use.  Howewer, over a period of time people need to take the substance in order to feel normal.  Addiction to nicotine in cigarettes is one of the hardest addictions to break and smokers find it very difficult to quit the habit.  The graph below shows the effectiveness of different methods in helping people to quit.

What can be seen is very few smokers manage to quit for more than six months.  Of the different methods used on their own the nicotine nasal spray is the most effective (12% quit smoking).  However, combining a method such as a nicotine inhaler or nicotine nasal spray with intensive counselling leads to a higher percentage of smokers quitting.

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