Right Path now offers a very effective cigarette smoking cessation treatment that delivers permanent results and is far more effective when compared to current options available on the market.
Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of death in the US, accounting for over 440,000 death each year and costs taxpayers about 100 billion in direct medical care and nearly 100 billion in lost productivity annually. In current users, tobacco smoking has direct cardiovascular, pulmonary and oncologic toxicity and can significantly affect developing fetus during pregnancy.
Nicotine addiction, as any Substance Use Disorder, is a chronic relapsing brain disease of the reward pathway rewiring. It is characterized by Dependence, Tolerance, and Withdrawal and has a genetic predisposition as well as gender differences. This is why to achieve the best result it is important to be evaluated and treated by a specialist.
Right Path has various pharmacologic options that will be tailored to each patient individually.
Standard Nicotine replacement therapy, when combined with Bupropion, Chantix or other drugs, could be effective and covered by most Health Insurance carriers. However, to date, standard treatment options based on forced abstinence, medications, nicotine replacement and hypnosis have limited effectiveness with relapse rates of over 90%, 60%, and 50% respectively. Are you the one who tried the above only to find yourself back smoking later? Then keep reading.
In selected patients, an alternative approach based on pharmacological extinction could be offered and leads to up to 100% sustained abstinence. This experimental intervention, conducted under the guidance of our expert provider, will lead to gradual “reprogramming” of your brain to the state when you no longer have the desire to smoke.
To find out more and see which modality is best for you, book an appointment with one of our Addiction Medicine Specialists using the form below.
How different the treatment is from standard methods?
Current medications act by indirectly suppressing your cravings to Nicotine, a temporary effect, since your brain circuitry that reward you for smoking remains unaffected. With RP approach you actually weaken those connections leading to loss of desire to smoke.
How long is the treatment?
It is individual and depends on each individual’s genetic variability and degree of nicotine dependence, with estimated average for the “cure” is from 2 to 5 months and best results accomplished when you diligently follow the instructions.
Are there any side effects?
Virtually none and there is not “small print” involved. We use old tested and safe blood pressure medication free of any bad side effects or drug-to-drug interactions, but your treatment provider will advise you more accurately after completing initial evaluation.
How will my treatment be organized?
You will need to be evaluated by one of our Addiction Specialists and then monitored regularly while receiving guidance on the treatment, with office visits typically in one week, then two weeks and four weeks intervals. You will be provided tools to help you assess your progress at each follow-up.
Will I have to stop smoking cigarettes and go through Nicotine withdrawal?
NO. This is the beauty of the RP approach. As you smoke while on the medicine, you gradually reduce your dependence on Nicotine by blocking the reward from smoking. There is an algorithm that will need to be followed for this to be effective and your treating provider will explain the details.
Will other medicine or counseling be necessary?
Although it might be useful to combine this with Nicotine Patch, it is not necessary. Counseling is very useful to learn the behavior modification techniques for cigarette smoking has a strong habit and ritual component.
Will my insurance cover the treatment?
Because we use a non FDA approved approach, this is an out of pocket cost intervention. Current one-time price of $1500.00 covers your doctor visits here. Price for the medicine is extra and is around $125/mo. Considering your smoking habit will cost you an estimated $ 1500 for the next 5 months, this is a true bargain.