Nicotine is both a stimulant and a sedative. Nicotine gives the body a quick boost in energy often described as a “kick.” This is partly due to nicotine causing the release of adrenaline by your adrenal glands, a powerful stimulant to your body. It causes your heart rate to increase, breathing to increase, and shift in blood pressure. Nicotine also promotes decreased pancreatic function resulting in a slight increase in blood sugar. Our concern with dealing with nicotine addiction is the release of dopamine in the pleasure and motivation areas of the brain, which is very similar to heroin or cocaine. The drug user experiences a pleasurable high since dopamine affects emotions and sensations of pleasure and pain. As users become more tolerant to nicotine, higher doses are needed. It’s a vicious cycle.
The first step to recovery is to release the drug from the brain receptors and then begin the process of recovery and brain restoration. This is our specialty, Release/Recover/Restore™.