Dr. gives deadline to smoking pts - page 9

Just heard a news item ........... Dr. Ross in Manitoba has issued a deadline to all pts who smoke......by March 1st.....today...... seek treatment to stop the addiction of smoking or lose him as a... Read More

  1. by   hapeewendy
    I'm not in disagreement with what you say....
    I've experienced a lot of what you write about ...
    I guess where I was trying to go with what I was typing was that more attention needs to be paid to the other addictions...
    but yeah this one was about smoking...
    I got sidetracked.
    I Just hope I dont get into a habit because of stress or depression or something and then have someone I've turned to for the provision of healthcare start ultimatum'ing me all over the place...
    I'm not a fan of holier than thou attitudes, and thats exactly how this dr struck me, so yeah it hit a nerve.
  2. by   Agnus
    If you consciously pick up a pack of cigs and you were not previously a smoker because you are stressed or depressed,well you made an conscious adult decision.

    You could just as easily seek medical help for these conditions than to pick smoking which you know is more harmful than helpful.
    You are still making excuses.

    Again the ultimaitum was to accept help to quit. Surly you are not saying you would refuse?:kiss
    Last edit by Agnus on Dec 6, '02
  3. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    If the doctor is not a psychologist he is incapable of curing addiction. Doctors only treat symptoms and try to manage the tx course. In that light isn't he right to refer for the wrong reasons?
  4. by   Agnus
    Peeps I am not going to argure what constitutes an addiction. I will state that we know that a physical dependence does exist with tobacco. Physical dependencies are a medical issue and are treatable with medical means. A psycological dependence is I agree another issue.

    We also know the first step in treating any addiciton issue is to break the physical dependency first then we treat the psychological.

    Bottom line we dry out our addicts before we try to psycologically rehab them.

    Psycological addiction in never considered cured. A physical dependency can be.
    Last edit by Agnus on Dec 7, '02
  5. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Very good point Angus,

    It must have been the psychology final I had yesterday talking. I made an error when I failed to include treatable physiologic response to the drug.

    Oh God what's happening to me!!
    Thank gawd that was my last psych course.

    Thanks Angus
  6. by   Agnus
    Finals, huh? can relate:spin: :chuckle