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Can one beat an addiction by being put under for an extended time?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (13728points) September 19th, 2018

Like smoking. Can one be put in a coma until the nicotine leaves the patients system? Or longer for the addiction? To prevent a relapse.

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Patty_Melt's avatar

This is a tasty question.
I think it would be a rather expensive cure, but if it works real well, it might cost less than repeated relapses.

LadyMarissa's avatar

When I was younger hypnosis was used to help people stop smoking. One person swore by it & the next said it did nothing. I would think that being put into a coma would provide a similar outcome. I don’t know that I would be willing to be put in a coma just to stop smoking. Would there be a chance of the patient becoming addicted to the drugs used to induce the coma??? The patient would be predisposed to having an addictive personality so I would see it as a concern!!! I spent one night in the hospital last year & all they did was hook me up to an IV due to dehydration & let me sleep for the night. I was there less than 24 hours & they billed me $11,000. I would think it would possibly take over a week to detox from the nicotine; so, it could become extremely pricey Plus, IF the smoker wasn’t totally committed to quitting, they would probably think that they could smoke just one & they would be hooked all over again!!!

I could see it possibly working but I don’t see it as a way to be a cure!!!

raum's avatar

I think it’s called ultra-rapid detox.

filmfann's avatar

Yes. From my extensive experience of watching House.

kritiper's avatar

I don’t think so. To break an addiction, it takes a mind willing to give it up.
I have gone months and years without smoking but my mouth still waters over the thought of having something to smoke.

rojo's avatar

I can tell you that my DIL was in a medical induced coma for over a month and then had another five months in intensive care. No smokes during this entire time. After she got out, it lasted about a month and she was back smoking again and she had actually hoped and worked toward using her abstinence to her advantage. She did not want to smoke. I would not guarantee that the approach you are asking about was effective.

I think it is more environmental and has a lot to do with your desire to quit. If you continue to hang with people who are similarly addicted you will eventually succumb and go back to your original ways.

You have to have both the desire to quit and set yourself up to succeed. If not, don’t even bother.

BUT, I suppose the direct answer to your question was that, yes, after six months of not smoking, she no longer had the desire to smoke. Initially.

JLeslie's avatar

Rapid detox can help you avoid the severe withdrawal from symptoms from drugslije heroin, but it’s not without risk. Some people still have bad withdrawal symptoms when they are brought out of anesthesia. There even have been deaths, but withdrawing from drugs like heroin has serious health risks anyway. Being in heroin obviously has health risks also, besides being dependent.

Cigarette smoking is not only a physical dependency, but like most addictions there is a psychological component too, and also very simple part of it can be that it’s a habit, and part of daily routine. Withdrawing completely physically doesn’t help that you are used to having a morning cigarette with your coffee.

I’ve heard people say their vice was their best friend. Anesthesia can’t help that.

zenvelo's avatar

An induced coma would not address the psychological component of addiction. Getting through the detox is only a small, albeit difficult, part of getting clean.

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