Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Nicotine Alcohol Marijuana Part 2

I have received some negative comments about my last post where I indicated that a recent study showed that those alcoholics in early recovery who continue to use tobacco have the same relapse risk as those alcoholics who smoke marijuana after completion of treatment for alcoholism. I may have been unclear about one point.

I did not in any mean to imply that those alcoholics in recovery who use tobacco are not truly in recovery. That is not what I meant. If you are abstinent from alcohol you are in recovery. There are many recovering alcoholics who continue to smoke. The issue is that there is a high rate of relapse in the first six months following treatment. Every thing that can be done to reduce that relapse risk is very important. What I want to emphasize is that the effect of continued nicotine use is as great as an effect of continued marijuana use for the alcoholic in early recovery. No one would think it would be a good idea for a recovering alcoholic to use marijuana. The evidence suggests that we should be thinking about nicotine in the same way.

I apologize for any confusion I may have caused.

Thought for the day

"Guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life"

The Psalmist

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