According to research, described in the following Join Together article, drugs used to help individuals stop smoking, change the way our brains react to seeing others smoke. No doubt, these drugs are NOT selective to change only our reaction to seeing others smoke. In other words, these drugs obviously must change reactions to other things and until further studies are done, we don’t know if that is good or bad. In life, some reaction is necessary. If someone is getting violent or doing bad things, it is necessary for others to react. Until further studies are done, we simply don’t know if someone taking smoking cessation drugs will not react to the right things.
Smoking is dangerous- that is a well-known fact and anyone who is smoking should do their best to quit. However, with any addiction, pharmaceutical remedies are not always best and in many cases, the cure winds up injuring the patient.
Anyone who wants to quit smoking by altering their brain, rather than their will power, should be careful to study ALL the side effects of what they are about to take. The following article explains why:
“New research indicates smoking-cessation drugs may work by changing the way our brains react to seeing others smoke, HealthDay News reported Jan. 3.
In separate studies, researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Pennsylvania (U Penn) in Philadelphia analyzed brain scans from more than 50 smokers exposed to both neutral and smoking cues via brief videos. Participants in the UCLA group received buproprion (Wellbutrin, Zyban) or placebo, while those in the U Penn group received varenicline (Chantix) or placebo.
In both studies, participants who received the anti-smoking medications reported less craving and showed less activity in the brain area associated with craving than those who received place.
In both studies, participants who received the anti-smoking medications reported less craving and showed less activity in the brain area associated with craving than those who received placebo.”http://www.jointogether.org/news/research/summaries/2011/anti-smoking-drugs-alter.html
While medication is sometimes necessary, Narconon promotes the idea that research should be done on to find drug free methods of treatment.
After a person receives any needed medical detox, the Narconon drug rehab program is very effective and it is drug free.