Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease And Addiction Essay

1307 Words Sep 27th, 2016 6 Pages
With each drag and puff of smoke its cold steely hands grips the willing victim who will find it difficult to escape addiction’s powerful grasp. Of particular interest for the respiratory therapist is the addiction to nicotine. It is important for the healthcare worker to know how this addiction can occur, because tobacco use is associated with a variety of pulmonary diseases. One such disease is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The prevalence of addiction to drugs, such as nicotine, and their relationship to COPD makes it all the more important for the respiratory therapist to understand addiction and to educate patients on the need for smoking cessation.
To begin, it is known that there are two forms of addiction, which are psychological and physical. Both of these will many times manifest together making addiction a very potent obstacle to relief from nicotine dependence. A physical addiction occurs when a person begins to crave a drug or their bodies cannot operate normally without the drug (Ciccarelli & White, 2014). When a person is conditioned to think they need a drug and does not experience withdrawal or increase tolerance, they are said to be psychologically addicted (Ciccarelli & White, 2014). Addictions concerning the use of drugs like nicotine, caffeine, and cocaine are noted as substance abuse. Addictions with a behavioral component involves a fixation on a certain activity or behavior such as gambling, eating, or sexual reproduction.…

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