Right Path now offers one of the most effective smoking cessation programs in the area that delivers proven results and is the easiest way to quit when compared to current options available.
Nicotine addiction, as any substance use disorder, is a chronic relapsing brain disease of the reward pathway rewiring. Addiction is characterized by dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal, and has genetic predisposition as well as gender differences. This is why it is important to be evaluated and treated by a specialist in order to achieve the best results.
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 is covered by most Health Insurance carriers. However, standard treatment options based on forced abstinence, medications, nicotine replacement or combination of those 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, the alternative approach based on pharmacological extinction is appropriate and will lead to higher rates of sustained abstinence. This intervention, conducted under the guidance of our addiction specialists, will lead to the gradual “reprogramming” of your brain to the state when you no longer have the desire to smoke. Read more about the pros and cons of nicotine replacement therapy.
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.
What Our Patients Are Saying About Our Smoking Cessation Program
I smoked for 14 years, roughly 1.5 to 2 packs a day. Smoking affected my energy level, couldn’t be as active as I’d like with my children, smoking dictated what I could and couldn’t do because if I couldn’t’ smoke I wasn’t going, I decided to quit smoking because I did not want my children to smoke and I buried my father at the age of 50 to lung cancer, so it was scary for me.I have tried Wellbutrin, and also Chantix on 2 different occasions (the side effects of Chantix for me were treacherous). The medication was extremely easy to use, no more or no less expensive than my smoking addiction, there were no side effects that I noticed (at least not like the ones I suffered from Chantix). It took me almost 3 months, 90 days to quit smoking with Right Path’s program, I am so grateful. Smoking is so addictive and it was so scary for me. But I feel like I did it and anyone can, at least just try it and see for yourself. I just took my pills every day and I eventually just didn’t even have the urge to smoke, it was like borderline MAGIC!Thank you Dr. Z
Smoking Cessation Program FAQs
How different is the Right Path treatment from standard methods?
Current medications act by indirectly suppressing your cravings to nicotine, a temporary effect, since your brain circuitry that rewards you for smoking remains unaffected. With our approach you actually weaken those connections leading to a loss of the desire to smoke.
How long is the treatment?
It is individual and depends on each patient’s genetic variability and degree of nicotine dependence. The estimated time till you stop smoking can be from 2 to 4 months and the best results are accomplished when you diligently follow the instructions.
Are there any side effects?
There are minimal, if any, side effects since we use tested and safe blood pressure medication at a very small dose. Your treatment provider will advise you more accurately after completing your 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. Office visits typically occur in one week, then two week, and four week intervals. You will be provided tools to help you assess your progress at each follow up appointment.
Will I have to stop smoking cigarettes and go through Nicotine withdrawal?
NO. This is the beauty of the Right Path approach. As you smoke while on the medicine, you will 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 treatment provider will explain the details.
Will other medicine or counseling be necessary?
With this method, nicotine replacement therapy is not necessary. Counseling is very useful to learn the behavior modification techniques as cigarette smoking has a strong habit and ritual component.
Will my insurance cover the treatment?
At this time it is an out of pocket cost intervention with one-time price that covers your visits and medicine. Comparing this modest expense to any future tobacco-related disease or treatments, it’s a small investment worth making.