Vaping in Early Recovery
While it is ideal to strive for abstinence from all chemical substances, it can be better to slowly taper off of nicotine over time rather than attempting to quit cold turkey. Of course, that is not to say, “If you get sober, keep vaping!” If you want to quit, there are ways to do so gently so that you avoid all potential relapse triggers. According to an article published by John Hopkins Medicine, roughly 7 out of every 10 current smokers wish that they could quit. Not only does smoking nicotine negatively affect every vital organ in the human body, but vaping has been linked to a number of newly emerging health-related threats. Research suggests that vaping damages the heart and the lungs, according to the same study. Vaping nicotine has recently been linked to asthma and other chronic lung issues, and seeing as the chemicals used in vapes are largely unknown, there might be a range of other serious health effects that have simply not yet been discovered or studied in depth. So yes – overall, it is better to quit than to continue vaping in the long-term. No question about that. However, how soon you quit after getting sober can make a major impact on the overall quality of your recovery. An article published by the Washington Inquirer titled, “Early in recovery, addicts look to vaping,” explores the relationships that many recovering addicts and alcoholics have with nicotine, and the pros and cons involved in quitting. Overall, it was determined that asking a newly sober individual to give up nicotine entirely was “asking too much.” Rather than add an additional element of stress to your already-full plate, cut yourself some slack and commit to quitting once you feel solid and stable in your sobriety.